CBE Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) offers a bachelor's of science degree in chemical engineering and a bachelor's of science degree in corrosion engineering. Students can also receive a bachelor's degree with a biotechnology specialization.

B.S. Chemical Engineering

Do you have an interest in learn how chemistry can help people, save the environment and impact the world in positive ways? Consider a degree in chemical engineering.

Chemical engineering involves converting raw materials (chemicals, petroleum, etc.) into marketable products like pharmaceuticals, plastics, soft drinkds and even cosmetics through chemical reactions, biological processes and molecular transformations. 

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B.S. Corrosion Engineering

Want to be a leader in a cutting-edge field of engineering? Interested in preserving industrial, infrastructure, defence and environmental structures around the world? A degree in corrosion engineering may be for you.

The University of Akron is the first and only university in the U.S. to offer a bachelor's degree in this growing field. Learn more about the B.S. Corrosion Engineering degree.

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UA Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Curricula

Undergraduate Bulletin, Chemical Engineering 
CBE Student Organizations 
Admissions and Scholarship Information

Biotechnology and Polymer Specialization

Chemical Engineering students may choose to specialize in biotechnology. The goal of this program is to allow engineering students with an interest in chemistry and biotechnology to develop suitable preparation for careers or graduate study in biotechnology or the medical fields without reducing their potential for careers in traditional chemical engineering.

Careers in Chemical Engineering

A degree in chemical engineering leads to professional and personal success by integrating knowledge in chemistry, mathematics, physics, and biology to solve the problems of national and global importance. Examples of successful chemical engineers: Chairman of Intel, CEO of General Electric, President of Chemstress, VP of Goodyear.

  • 75%-80% of our students become employed in industry and the government sector.
  • 5%-10% go on to graduate school.
  • 5% of others go on to medical school.
  • 90% placement prior to graduation and 100% three months after graduating.

Why UA?

  • Nationally recognized Co-op Program (fifth oldest in the nation)
  • Extensive student-faculty interaction with individual student projects
  • Unique teamwork experience through laboratory and design projects
  • All instructors are members of the Faculty with PhD's in Chemical Engineering

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science with Co-op
  • Bachelor of Science with Polymer Specialization
  • Bachelor of Science with Biotechnology Specialization

Student Organizations

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE)
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Signma Xi

Experiments and Equipment

  • Ion exchange for the recovery of heavy metal - Atomic absorption spectroscopy, ion exchange resin column
  • Synthesis of nanomaterials - Autoclave reactor, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy
  • Biochemical process - High Performance liquid chromatograph, bioreactors
  • Distillation Process - Gas Chromatography, 25 ft large scale distillation column, flow and liquid level control systems
  • Chemical vapor deposition - Plasma reactor, optical spectroscopy, and optical pyrometer

Department contacts

Dr. H. Michael Cheung
Professor and Chair
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Whitby Hall 211
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-3906
Phone: 330-972-7250
Email: cheung@uakron.edu

Mrs. Marcia Main
Administrative Assistant
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Whitby Hall 211
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-3906
Ph: 330-972-7341
Email: main1@uakron.edu

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