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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Major Guide for 2009-2010

What is Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Chemical and biomolecular engineering deals with the development, design, operation, and management of plants and processes for economical, safe conversion of chemical raw materials to useful products, such as pharmaceuticals, plastics, and specialty chemicals.  It is a broadly based discipline with heavy emphasis on chemistry and mathematics, with supporting study in areas such as physics, materials science, and humanities.

Salary Trends in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

According to the 2008 salary survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is the highest paid university major at the Bachelor of Science level for 2008 graduates.  According to this survey, 2008 graduates can expect to command a starting salary of $64,000/yr., which is 9% higher than the second highest paid university major.  Graduates of our department in 2007 averaged substantially higher salaries, approximately $70,000/year, due to the fact that many of our students have extensive co-op experience, which makes them more attractive to employers.

High School Preparation

Core academic subjects required for admission:

  • 4 units of English
  • 2 units of algebra
  • 1 unit of geometry, trigonometry, advanced math or calculus
  • 2 units of natural science, including at least 1 unit of biology, chemistry or physics
  • 1 unit of American history
  • 1 unit of European history, world history or world geography
  • 2 units of a single foreign language
  • 1 unit of visual or performing arts

Computer courses prior to the freshman year in engineering are also highly recommended.
Prospective students who want to enter the engineering program are required to meet the criteria of the “Success Prediction Index” (SPI). The formula for SPI is 10 x high school core GPA + math ACT score. The following indicates the minimum required SPI for the corresponding academic year:

  • Academic Year 2009-10 Minimum SPI of 59
  • Academic Year 2010-11 Minimum SPI of 60

Students who are unable to meet this requirement may register as “university undecided” students and complete appropriate mathematics, science and other courses before applying for admission to the COE.

How to Major in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Students applying for entry to the university should specify Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering as their chosen major when completing the admission form. Students who are transferring from other departments within UT or from other educational institutions should contact the department or the Engineering Advising Services office for more information regarding the appropriate entry level and any additional courses necessary. For more information on the admissions process, visit

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Engineering students can take part in UT Study Abroad programs throughout the world. There are programs in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, South America, and North America. You can take classes during one semester, mini-term, summer, or the whole academic year.  There are also opportunities for international internships and other work experiences.  See the websites at the Engineering Outreach Office and Programs Abroad Office for more information.

Learn more about UT's Ready for the World initiative to help students gain the international and intercultural knowledge they need to succeed in today's world.

Sample Curriculum

Freshman Year Credit Hours
English 101* or 118*, 102* 6
Chemistry 120* or 128*, 130* or 138* 8
Mathematics 141* or 147*, 142* or 148* 8
Engineering Fundamentals 105, 151 or 157, 152 or 158 9
Sophomore Year Credit Hours
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 201, 235, 240, 250 15
Mathematics 200, 231, 241 or 247 8
Engineering Fundamentals 230 2
Biology 140 4
General Education Elective (Social Science) 3
Junior Year Credit Hours
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 301, 310, 340, 360, 380 13
Chemistry 350 3
General Education Electives (Arts and Humanities) 6
Physics 231 3
Chem Option I 3
Bio Option I 3
2 Technical Elective 3
Senior Year Credit Hours
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 401, 445, 450, 480, 488 or 490 13
Chem/Bio Option II 3
General Education Electives (Two Cultures and Civilizations and One Social Science) 9
2 Technical Electives 6

*Meets the University General Education Requirement.
1 Meets the University General Education Requirement for communicating through writing (WC).  Students must also meet the university oral communication requirement through a course with an OC designation.
2 One technical elective must be a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering course.  Students choosing the Bio-track must take CBE 475 as one technical elective.

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The information on this page should be considered general information only. For more specific information on this and other programs refer to the UT catalog or contact the department and/or college directly.