Welcome to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) at Iowa State University

Faculty, students and graduates of Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering impact the world in countless ways – with work involving consumer products, fuels, biorenewable energy, medical and health care advancements and much more – incorporating the disciplines of engineering, math and chemistry. The undergraduate curriculum can also be used as a springboard to medical school or law school. An internationally recognized program, CBE at Iowa State continues to grow and uphold a strong tradition in the College of Engineering and Iowa State University.

CBE Announcements

CBE Cyclone Football Tailgate

All CBE students, faculty, researchers, alumni and supporters are invited to join our third annual Tailgate October 14 prior to the ISU-Kansas football game. For more information see the Events section on this page.


AIChE pizza salesAIChE Pizza Sale, every Monday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sweeney Hall lobby. Money supports ISU’s American Institute of Chemical Engineers student chapter.

CBE Points of Pride

students walking on campus

Undergraduate enrollment has increased more than 100% since 2008.


female student in lab

One of the highest female student enrollments in the College of Engineering


new graduates

CBE B.S. undergrad average starting salary nearly $70,000/yr.

CBE Spotlight

Iowa State engineers discover the key to unlock the performance of hydrogenation catalysts

isu researchersCarbon-supported metal nanoparticles have been used for decades as catalysts for the industrial production of chemicals. Yet, little is known about the role the carbon support plays on the performance of these materials.
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