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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.

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This online master's degree in biological chemical engineering is a 30 credit program. It is comprised of at least 12 credit hours of core chemical and biotechnology courses, and 18 credit hours of chemical engineering, biotechnology, and biology elective courses at the following levels: 
  • Minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework at 300- or 400-level
  • Minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework at the 400-level
  • Minimum of 18 credit hours in the field of Chemical Engineering 
Students choose their coursework and complete their degree requirements by selection of any set of courses consistent with these requirements.
For more information on program, academic, and grade requirements for degree completion, please review the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science Graduate Student Handbook.

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The program is open to applicants with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Biology or Chemical Engineering.  There are no required examinations such as GRE, GMAT, etc., but international applicants must submit TOEFL scores.  Applicants with a degree other than Chemical Engineering will be required to take the bridging course, Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering III, CHE 383; and depending on their background, an additional course may be required. These courses will not count toward degree requirements. 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
    • If not provided electronically to the email address below, transcripts can be mailed directly to the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department.
  • Professional essay (Summarize your career objectives and work experience with respect to your chosen field of study.)
  • 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. 

Associate Student Status

Applicants who do not meet the above-mentioned requirements may be admitted as associate status, at the department’s discretion.  To change status you will need to contact the academic graduate coordinator of the department after admission. For more details, please review the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science Graduate Student Handbook.

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Required Core Courses:
CHE 400 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3) CHE 441 Biotechnology I (3)
CHE 410 Chemical Reaction Engineering (3) CHE 442 Biotechnology II (3)
Elective Courses:
BIOS 345 Molecular Genetics (3) CHE 430 Mass Transfer (3)
BIOS 371 Elements of Biochemistry I (3) CHE 440 Chemical Engineering in the Life Sciences (3)
BIOS 372 Elements of Biochemistry II (3) CHE 444 Bioseparations (3)
CHE 331 Separation Processes (3) CHE 448 Topics in Biochemical Engineering (3)
CHE 391 Colloid and Surface Chemistry (3) CHE 449 Metabolic Engineering (3)
CHE 395 Understanding Medical Device Regulations (3) CHE 496 Engineering in Medicine (3)
CHE 398 Understanding Pharma Regulations (3)  

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Academic Advisor
Professor Jonas Baltrusaitis
Phone: 610-758-6836
E-mail: inchbede@lehigh.edu

Academic Advisor
Professor Hugo Caram
E-mail: inchbede@lehigh.edu

Academic Coordinator
Eleni Moustardas
E-mail: inchbede@lehigh.edu

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