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

Sweeney Hall and CBE office holiday hours

December 18-22: CBE offices open 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sweeney Hall locked 6 p.m. Dec. 22-6 a.m. Jan. 2. Those with external keys will have access.)

December 25-26: University holidays, CBE offices closed

December 27-29: CBE offices closed, no deliveries

January 1: University holiday, offices closed

January 2-5: CBE offices open 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


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

Dr. Wenzhen Li with students in lab
Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University

ISU engineers progress toward making bioderived products with renewable electricity

Iowa State engineers in the research group of Dr. Wenzhen Li are exploring new approaches to produce biobased chemicals and fuels through electrochemistry.

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