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Cornell University    
  Sep 21, 2017
Courses of Study 2017-2018

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

In the College of Engineering .

Course Offerings  


A. D. Stroock, director; T. M. Duncan, associate director; C. Alabi, A. B. Anton, L. A. Archer, A. M. Center, P. Clancy, S. Daniel, M. P. DeLisa, J. R. Engstrom, F. A. Escobedo, A.S. Feitelberg, T. Hanrath, Y. L. Joo, D. L. Koch, W. L. Olbricht, M. J. Paszek, D. A. Putnam, M. A. Quraishi, M. L. Shuler, P. H. Steen, J. W. Tester, J. D. Varner, F. You, R.N. Zia

Chemical Engineering:

Offered by the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Contact: 226 Olin Hall, (607) 255-1489,

The ChemE major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The undergraduate major in chemical engineering comprises a coordinated sequence of courses beginning in the sophomore year and extending through the fourth year. Students who plan to enter the major take CHEM 2090  - CHEM 2080  or CHEM 2150  with AP credit during the freshman year. The program for the last three years is as follows:

Semester 7:

Semester 8:


*Every student must complete one of the seven following options for the biology elective: (1) advanced placement: a score of 5 on the CEEB AP exam or a score of 7 on the IB Higher Level exam. (2) CHEME 2880 - Biomolecular Engineering: Fundamentals and Applications (spring, 3 credits). (3) CHEME 5430 Bioprocess Engineering  (fall, 3 credits). (4) 8 credits of a pre-med biology sequence: BIOG 1500 - Investigative Biology Laboratory  (academic year, 2 credits) and BIOMG 1350 - Introductory Biology: Cell and Developmental Biology  (academic year, 3 credits) and BIOG 1440 - Introductory Biology: Comparative Physiology  (academic year, 3 credits), or BIOG 1445 Introduction to Comparative Anatomy and Physiology, Individualized Instruction  (academic year 4 credits), BIOG 1107 - Introductory Biology I: From Atom to Cell  (summer, first half of eight-week session, 4 credits) and BIOG 1108 - Introductory Biology II: From Cell to Biosphere  (summer, second half of eight-week session, 4 credits) and BIOG 1500 Investigative Biology Laboratory  (summer, six week session, 2 credits). (5) 3 credits of microbiology: BIOMI 2900 - General Microbiology Lectures  (fall, spring, or summer six-week session, 3 credits). (6) 4 credits of biochemistry: BIOMG 3300 - Principles of Biochemistry, Individualized Instruction  (fall or spring, 4 credits) or BIOMG 3330 - Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins, Metabolism, and Molecular Biology  (summer six-week session, 4 credits). BIOMG 3350  (spring, 4 credits). (7) 5 credits of biochemistry: BIOMG 3310 - Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism  (fall, 3 credits) and BIOMG 3320 - Principles of Biochemistry: Molecular Biology  (spring, 2 credits).

***The electives in semesters 6, 7, and 8 comprise 9 credits of major-approved electives and 6 credits of advanced CHEME electives. Advanced CHEME electives must be satisfied by specifically approved ChemE courses - for a complete list refer to the majors curriculum information by visiting Major approved electives and approved electives require the approval of your CHEME faculty advisor.