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ABET LogoThe 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

Department and Degree Names

The Department's name, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, reflects the fact that traditional chemical engineering paradigms, concepts, and analyses apply equally to chemical and biomolecular systems.  Nevertheless, the undergraduate degree remains Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.


The educational mission of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of physical, chemical and biological processes and with the ability to apply molecular and biomolecular information and methods of discovery into products and the processes by which they are made. Our program provides the unique interdisciplinary academic foundation and scholarly training needed to address complex engineering problems with emphasis on the advancing fields of biological engineering and nanotechnology.

Constituents: Current students, alumni, employers, and faculty

The objectives of the Chemical Engineering degree program are to produce gradautes who:

  • Succeed in professional chemical engineering practice and in the pursuit of advanced degrees.
  • Excel in traditional chemical engineering careers and diverse areas such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, medicine, law or business.
  • Adapt to new technologies, with a strong ethical foundation that serves them throughout their careers.

Students graduating with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering will demonstrate the following:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice 


Four Year Academic Plans and Curriculum Sheets

All incoming freshmen must develop an academic plan, which maps out all courses needed to graduate within your intended major and degree. The Clark School's Undergraduate Advising web site includes sample plan templates formatted for easy revision and instructions for creating a personalized academic plan. Learn more about Clark School 4-year plans and download templates.

The ChBE undergraduate curriculum is composed of:

  1. General Education Requirements of UMD College Park
    See the University's General Education site for course listings and requirements.

    General Education requirements are in part fulfilled by:
  2. Fundamental Subjects
    Mathematics (4 semesters), physics (3 semesters), chemistry (5 semesters, including general, organic, bioanalytical, and biochemistry), biology (1 semester), and engineering sciences courses required of all engineering students.
  3. 40 Credits of CHBE Courses
    These include: CHBE 101, CHBE 250, CHBE 301, CHBE 302, CHBE 333, CHBE 410, CHBE 422, CHBE 424, CHBE 426, CHBE 437, CHBE 440, CHBE 442, CHBE 444, and CHBE 446.
    View the CHBE course descriptions
  4. 9 credits of CHBE Technical Electives
    Students must consult with an advisor on selection of appropriate courses for their particular course of study.
    View the list of undergraduate technical electives.

Minimum Degree Credits and GPA

125 credits and fulfillment of all Departmental, College, and University requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.


For more information contact:

Kathy Gardinier

Assistant Director, Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
(301) 405-5888 | lopresti@umd.edu