Students enrolled in UMBC’s undergraduate Chemical Engineering program have three tracks from which to choose: the Traditional Track, the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Track, and the Environmental Engineering and Sustainability track.
All tracks lead to the B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and require the same chemical engineering core classes. The primary differences are in the science courses and technical electives that are taken. In the Traditional Track, required science courses include the study of both the chemical and physical sciences. The Traditional Track is most appropriate for undecided students, students interested in pursuing employment in the chemical industry, or students interested in pursuing graduate study in chemical engineering. The Biotechnology and Bioengineering Track is intended for students who are interested in working in the biotechnology industry, pursuing graduate work in biochemical or biomedical engineering or going to medical school. While including study of the chemical and physical sciences, it is specifically designed to integrate life sciences into each year of the curriculum. The Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Track provides specialization in the application of basic chemical engineering principles in the field of environmental engineering such as cleaning up air and water pollution and managing chemical processes to minimize environmental impact.