Brown University School of Engineering

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Traditional strengths of chemical/biochemical engineers are their ability to think across time scales and integrate descriptions of molecular level phenomena into an understanding of macroscopic systems. Hence, the world of chemical and biochemical engineering fully embraces current areas that are at the forefront of research, such as nanotechnology, biotechnology and environmental science. Chemical/biochemical engineers translate scientific aspects of technology into new, cost-effective products and processes, and improve existing ones. For example, chemical and biochemical engineers play very significant roles in developing the intellectual and technological bases for pharmaceuticals, scaffolds for artificial kidneys, chemical sensors, drug delivery, energy technologies, such as fuel and solar cells, novel techniques for purifying water, biomedical devices, membrane reactors, personal care and agricultural products, biocompatible polymers, etc.

Educational Objectives

We expect our Chemical and Biochemical Engineering program graduates to:

  • Pursue productive scientific and technical careers, beginning with entry-level engineering positions in industry, or graduate study in chemical or biochemical engineering or related fields; or to successfully pursue other careers that benefit from the analytical or quantitative skills acquired through the Brown CBE program; 
  • Effectively apply the principles of chemical and biochemical engineering, problem-solving skills, and critical and independent thinking, to a broad range of complex, multidisciplinary technological and societal problems;  
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to professionals and audiences of diverse backgrounds, and to pursue technical approaches and innovations that address the needs of society in an ethical, safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible manner.

Concentration Advisors

Prof. Andrew Peterson
B&H 239 and MRL 207, 401-863-2153

Prof. Bob Hurt
B&H 239 and MRL 207, 401-863-2685 and 401-863-6773

Undergraduate Study Information

The concentration is composed of the following courses:

  • Interdisciplinary core program for the Sc.B.
  • Upper level engineering courses
  • One approved, upper level elective course in the natural sciences
  • Four approved humanities courses

For more information, please see the program guide.

Program Options

  • Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology
  • Computer Applications in Chemical Processing
  • Electronics Applications in Chemical Processing
  • Energy Production and Conversion
  • Environmental Issues and Pollution Prevention
  • Materials Processing and Synthesis