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Online Biological Chemical Engineering (Master's)


Biological Chemical Engineering is a quickly-growing field. The Master of Engineering in Biological Chemical Engineering online degree program provides students with a broad curriculum that expands their knowledge of chemical engineering into the biological sciences. Graduates from this program will have the skills to be be critical thinkers and  problem solvers in industry, research and development, government or academia.


Please watch our most recent webinar with Prof. Vincent Grassi, PhD. for more information about the program.

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This online master's degree in biological chemical engineering is a 30 credit 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.

For more information on program and academic requirements for degree completion, please review the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science Graduate Student Handbook.

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In order to be considered for admission in the Master of Engineering in Biological Chemical Engineering, the applicant must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for the last two semesters of undergraduate study. 

Materials needed are:

  • Official transcripts
  • Professional essay
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation

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 383, which will not count toward degree requirements.

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Core Courses

Required Courses:
ChE 400 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3) ChE 441 Biotechnology I (3)
ChE 410 Chemical Reaction Engineering (3) ChE 442 Biotechnology II (3)


Elective Biology Courses:
BIOS 345 Molecular Genetics (3) BIOS 372 Elements of Biochemistry II (3)
BIOS 371 Elements of Biochemistry I (3)  
Elective Chemical Engineering Courses:
ChE 331 Separation Processes (3) ChE 444 Bioseparations (3)
ChE 391 Colloid and Surface Chemistry (3) ChE 448 Topics in Biochemical Engineering (3)
ChE 430 Mass Transfer (3) ChE 449 Metabolic Engineering (3)
ChE 440 Chemical Engineering in the Life Sciences (3)  
Elective Chemistry Courses:
CHM 424 Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (3) CHM 442 Regulatory Affairs III: Validation of Analytical Assays (3)
CHM 425 Regulatory Affairs I: Drug Discovery to Approval (3) CHM 474 Regulatory Affairs V: Pharmaceutics (3)
CHM 428 Regulatory Affairs II: Medical Devices and Combination Technologies (3) CHM 477 Regulatory Affairs VI: Biologics (3)
CHM 432 Chemometrics (3)  

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Academic Advisor
Professor Vincent Grassi
E-mail: vgg284@lehigh.edu

Academic Advisor
Professor Mark Snyder
E-mail: masn00@lehigh.edu

Academic Advisor
Professor Hugo Caram
Email: hsc0@lehigh.edu

Graduate Coordinator
Barbara Kessler
Phone: 610-758-4261
E-mail: bak0@lehigh.edu

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