Undergraduate Degree Concentrations

Students majoring in Chemical Engineering may elect to follow a concentration within the field, choosing from any of the areas listed below. A selection of four to five courses in a given area is required to receive a concentration. Note that some concentrations call for 500-level courses and that an undergraduate who wishes to take any 500-level course must get permission to register from the instructor. These courses may be counted in the “Technical Electives” and “Engineering” categories of the Course Planning Guide, unless noted otherwise.

To declare your concentration, complete the CBE Concentration Declaration Form after successful completion of the required courses.

Concentration in Pharmaceutics and Biotechnology

Students majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering may elect to follow a concentration in Pharmaceutics and Biotechnology. The student must include at least four courses in the concentration, choosing from among any of the courses listed below. The field of study will appear on the transcript at graduation, provided that upon successful completion of four acceptable courses, the student submits the concentration declaration form.

BE 305 Cellular Engineering
BE 553 Tissue Engineering
BIOL 202 Cell Biology and Biochemistry
BIOL 221 Molecular Biology and Genetics
BIOL 402 Biochemistry
BIOL 421 Molecular Genetics
BIOL 446 Statistics for Biologists
BIOL 475 Microbiology and Biotechnology
BIOL 476 Microbiology and Biotechnology Lab (0.5 c.u.)
CBE 150 Introduction to Biotechnology
CBE 479 Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering
CBE 480 Laboratory in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
CBE 517 Principles of Genome Engineering
CBE 552 Cellular Engineering
CBE 554 Engineering Biotechnology
CBE 555 Nanoscale Systems Biology
CBE 557 Stem Cells, Proteomics and Drug Delivery- Soft Matter Fundamentals
CBE 559 Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems
CBE 562 Drug Discovery and Development
CBE 564 Drug Delivery
CHEM 451 Biological Chemistry
ENGR 450/550 Biotechnology, Immunology, Vaccines and COVID-19

Note: To take a 500-level or higher numbered course, an undergraduate student must obtain permission from the instructor.

Concentration in Polymers and Soft Matter Science and Engineering

Students majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering may elect to follow a concentration in Polymers and Soft Matter Science and Engineering. The student must include at least four courses in the concentration, choosing from among any of the courses listed below. The field of study will appear on the transcript at graduation, provided that upon successful completion of four acceptable courses, the student submits the concentration declaration form.

CBE 511 Physical Chemistry of Polymers and Amphiphiles
CBE 522 Polymer Rheology and Processing
CBE 525 Molecular Modeling and Simulations
CBE 535 Interfacial Phenomena
CBE 570 Experimental Methods for Polymer Science and Soft Matter
MSE 330 Soft Materials: Colloids, Polymers, Gels and Crystals
MSE 360 Structure of Materials
MSE 393 Materials Selection
MSE/CBE 430 Polymers and Biomaterials
MEAM 536 Viscous Flows: Theory & Modern Applications

Note: To take a 500-level or higher numbered course, an undergraduate student must obtain permission from the instructor.

Concentration in Energy and the Environment

Students majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering may elect to follow a concentration in Energy and the Environment. The student must include at least four courses in the concentration, choosing from any of the courses listed below. The field of study will appear on the student’s transcript at graduation provided that, upon successful completion of four acceptable courses, the student submits the concentration declaration form.

CBE 325 Renewable Energy
CBE 375 Engineering and the Environment
CBE 505 Carbon Capture
CBE 543 Sustainable Development of Water Resource Systems
CBE 544 Computational Science of Energy and Chemical Transformations
CBE 545 Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
CBE 546 Industrial Catalysis
EAS 401* Energy and Its Inputs
EAS 402* Renewable Energy and Its Impacts
ENGR 250 Energy Systems, Resources and Technology
ENGR 503 Engineering in Oil, Gas & Coal
ESE 521 The Physics of Solid State Energy Devices
ESE 567 Risk Analysis and Environmental Management
MEAM 402 Energy Engineering
MEAM 503 Direct Energy Conversion: From Macro to Nano
MSE 455/555 Electrochemical Engineering of Materials
MSE 545 Energy Storage and Technology

* Course can be used as a TBS (Technology, Business and Society) Elective

Note: To take a 500-level or higher-numbered course, an undergraduate student must obtain permission from the instructor.

Concentration in Nanotechnology (Only for students who entered Fall 2019 and earlier)

Students majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering may elect to follow a concentration in Nanotechnology. The student must include at least five courses in the concentration, choosing from among any of the courses listed below. The field of study will appear on the transcript at graduation, provided that upon successful completion of five acceptable courses, the student petitions to have the concentration added to her/his transcript. Students are also encouraged to consider the Minor in Nanotechnology offered by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). A student considering this minor, should consult the MSE department before taking courses.

NOTE: Students entering in Fall 2020 or later will not have the option to declare this concentration.

BIOL 402 Biochemistry
BIOL 421 Molecular Genetics
CBE 150 Introduction to Biotechnology
CBE 444 Nanoscale Systems Biology
CBE 479 Intro to Biochemical Engineering
CBE 480 Biochemical Engineering Lab
CBE 535 Interfacial Phenomena
CBE 552 Cellular Engineering
CBE 554 Engineering Biotechnology
CBE/ BE 560 Biomolecular Engineering
CHEM 451 Biological Chemistry
EAS 210 Introduction to Nanotechnology
ESE/MSE 525 Nanometer Scale Science and Engineering
MSE 260 Macro and Nanoscale Materials
MSE 465/565 Fabrication and Characterization of Nanostructured Devices
PHYS 280 Biological Physics

Note: To take a 500-level or higher numbered course, an undergraduate student must obtain permission from the instructor.

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Your CBE Contact:

Marissa Tartaglia
Undergraduate Coordinator
Office: 311A Towne Building
Phone: 215-898-8352
Email: mtartag@seas.upenn.edu

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