Current Students

Questions?

Questions about the undergraduate program in chemical and biomolecular engineering may be sent to chbeundergrad@umd.edu.

Undergraduate Program Director: Professor and Associate Chair Ganesh Sriram

Assistant Director, Undergraduate and Graduate Studies: Kathy Gardinier

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland offers an undergraduate program in chemical and biomolecular engineering which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. 

"Why are there two sets of course information on this site, based on when I entered your program?"

The requirements of the chemical and biomolecular engineering major and the general education requirements of University of Maryland have evolved over the past several years, resulting in slightly different plans of study for advanced and newer students. It is very important that you refer to the menu that applies to the timeframe in which you entered or will enter our program so you receive the correct information.

Chemical engineers have always been involved in bioengineering through work in pharmaceutical production, wastewater treatment, food and beverage engineering, and environmental engineering. Over the past 10 years their involvement in bioscience and bioengineering fields such as metabolic engineering, biomaterials, biomedical devices and the modeling of biological processes, has rapidly increased. Whereas chemical engineering was traditionally based on three fundamental sciences (chemistry, physics and mathematics), chemical and biomolecular engineering is based on four fundamental sciences (chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology). 

This shift in the discipline of chemical engineering has led our department to modify the requirements for the B.S. in chemical engineering. The new curriculum emphasizes fundamental biology as well as biological applications in chemical engineering, while maintaining a strong education in the core competencies of chemical engineering. Students entering the University of Maryland as freshmen during or after Fall 2010 will follow the new curriculum. Students entering in Spring 2010 of before will complete the degree using the previous curriculum. 

  • If you entered our program in Fall 2010 or later, your chemical and biomolecular engineering courses begin with the prefix "CHBE."
  • If you entered our program in Spring 2010 or earlier, your chemical and biomolecular engineering courses begin with the prefix "ENCH."
  • Effective Fall 2012, the University of Maryland replaced its CORE Liberal Arts and Scientific Studies Program with the General Education@UMD Program. Students entering in Fall 2012 or later will follow the General Education@UMD requirements.

We are ABET Accredited

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland offers an undergraduate program in Chemical Engineering which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. ABET accreditation signifies that our program meets defined quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter the workforce.