Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


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.


Scope and Purpose:

This collection is established to support the Curriculum and research of the chemical engineering department. Works describing chemical processes and equipment, chemicals, electrochemistry, fuel, food processing, fermentation, petroleum refining, the gas industry, plastics and plastics manufacture, coal, colloids, powders, kinetics, coatings, catalysis, and biotechnology are collected at the research level. Works describing materials for engineering and construction, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, environmental pollution, and water treatment are collected at the advanced study level. General works on chemical engineering are collected at the initial study level.


The department of chemical engineering offers the bachelor of science, master of science, and doctor of philosophy degrees. The undergraduate program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and prepares students for immediate employment or graduate study. Chemical engineering is the only major offered by the department. The undergraduate program requires principles of chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, mathematics, the engineering core (including courses in FORTRAN, engineering fundamentals, materials science, statics, basic electrical engineering, engineering graphics), material and energy balances, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, chemical reaction engineering, fluid and thermal operations, mass transfer, process analysis and control, process, and plant design and economics. The master's program offers either a thesis or non-thesis option. Both options require transport phenomena, chemical reaction engineering, classical thermodynamics, six credits of chemical engineering electives, and three credits of approved mathematics. The thesis option requires six credits of approved electives and six credits for thesis. The non-thesis option requires eighteen credits of approved electives. The doctoral program requires 90 credits of graduate work which includes 60 credits of course work and 30 credits of dissertation. Graduate level courses in chemical engineering include chemical engineering analysis, advanced polymer engineering, advanced plant design, advanced reaction engineering, advanced thermodynamics, momentum transport, fluid mechanics, mass transfer, process control, and pollution control.

Geographical Coverage:

There is no geographical limit for these subjects. The primary Geographical Coverage included in the collection is the United States represented by eighty percent of the materials, Great Britain by ten percent, and Japan, India, Russia, and the remainder of Europe making up the last ten percent.


Monographs and ninety percent of the serials in this collection are in English with the remaining serials distributed among German, French, Japanese, and Russian.

Period Coverage:

Emphasis for acquisition will be recent publications with retention for most limited to twenty years except for serials which will be kept for an indefinite period.

Publication Types:

General works are collected at the initial study level. Professional works, scholarly monographs, data compilations, journals, proceedings, and symposia are selected at the research level.


Printed Formats including microform are about ninety-five percent of the collection with computer software and audiovisual software making up the remainder.

Remote Sources:

The collections at Youngstown State University, Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, and Kent State University may supply scarce journals and out-of-print monographs. The Center for Research Libraries can be a source of foreign journals not in high demand.


Popular works are excluded from this collection.