From creating new vaccines and antibiotics to cleaning up air and water pollution, chemical engineers develop manufacturing processes for a wide variety of applications, including food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, biotechnology and environmental technology.
UMBC's Department of Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering offers a course of study leading to a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, satisfying criteria for accreditation set by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
The program offers three tracks of study.
The Traditional Track prepares students for graduate study or immediate industrial employment in such varied fields as chemical processing, food processing, metallurgy, energy conversion, petroleum refining and pharmaceutical production.
The Biotechnology and Bioengineering Track integrates the life sciences into each year of the curriculum and 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.
The Environmental Engineering and Sustainability track stems from the traditional chemical engineering track and 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.
Recent graduates of the department have gone on to positions as chemical engineers at W.R. Grace, DuPont, Corning, Exxon, Merck, FMC, International Paper and many other major companies. Additional opportunities are presented by the research and development activities of many public and private research institutes and allied agencies.