Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 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. 

B.S. Corrosion Engineering

Want to be a leader in a cutting-edge field of engineering? Interested in preserving industrial, infrastructure, defense 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.

UA Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Curricula

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% go on to medical school 
  • 90% of our students are placed in jobs prior to graduation and 100% have jobs three months after graduation 

Why UA?

  • Nationally recognized co-op program
  • Extensive student-faculty interaction with individual student projects
  • Collaboration with other students through lab work and design projects
  • Opportunity to participate in design teams
  • All instructors have PhDs 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