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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 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.


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

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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:

  • Not less than 30 semester hours of graduate work at 300- or 400 level
  • Not less than 18 credits in the field of Chemical Engineering
  • Not less than 18 hours of coursework at the 400 level

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:

  • No course with grade below C may be included in the degree program
  • More than four grades (regardless of number of credits) below B- terminate the student's eligibility for continued graduate work at Lehigh

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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 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

Program Contact
Barbara Kessler
Phone: 610-758-4261
E-mail: bak0@lehigh.edu

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Additional Information

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.

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