Biological Chemical Engineering is a quickly-growing field. The Master of Engineering in Biological Chemical Engineering degree program provides graduates with the flexibility to adapt to a variety of industrial experiences and forms the base for an expanding career. Graduates from this program will have the skills to identify, evaluate and manage cost and performance decisions throughout the major stages of life in large-scale developments in the pharmaceutical and related industries.
This master's degree in biological chemical engineering is a 30 credit hour program. It is comprised of 12 credit hours of core chemical and biotechnology courses, 6 credit hours of elective chemical engineering courses of importance to the field, 6 credit hours of biology elective courses, and 6 credit hours of chemistry elective courses at the following levels:
Students choose their coursework and complete their degree requirements by selection of any set of courses consistent with these requirements. Once accepted, the Master's degree performance requirements will apply as follows:
Regular Graduate Student
In order to be considered for admission as a regular graduate student in the Master of Engineering in Biological Chemical Engineering, the applicant must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last two semesters of undergraduate study.
In addition to the minimum requirements, students must have the following: one undergraduate course in Molecular Biology; one undergraduate course in Molecular Genetics; a minimum of two semesters of Organic Chemistry; and a minimum two semesters of Calculus, in order to be admitted to the program. Students with a degree other than Chemical Engineering will be required to take the bridging course, Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering III, ChE 283, which will not count toward degree requirements.
Associate Graduate Student
Students that don't meet the regular admission background requirements may be admitted as associate status. A petition will be submitted through the department to change status as soon as the requirements have been met.
There are no required examinations such as GRE, GMAT, etc. In addition to the requirements outlined in the admissions application, a personal essay summarizing your career objectives and work experience with respect to your chosen field of study must be submitted along with the application for admission.
A maximum of up to nine credits taken at the graduate level elsewhere may be transferred from an accredited graduate college or graduate university to a Lehigh University Engineering Master's Program. All courses must be assigned a grade of "B" or better to be eligible, and have not been used toward any prior degree. After admission, a petition must be submitted to the department along with a course description (syllabus), a letter from the university stating that the credits were not used toward a previous degree, and also an official transcript if not already provided.