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.
Welcome to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) at Iowa State University
Sweeney Hall Hours
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed weekends and holidays
Student Advising Office: The CBE student advising office is closed to in-person business. Advisers will continue to work virtually until further notice. Advising appointments by phone or Webex. Use the appointments portal in AccessPlus.
What Is Chemical Engineering?
Thinking about studying chemical engineering at Iowa State? Wondering what chemical engineers do? Check out this video of how chemical engineers impact everyone’s life, as told by our students.
CBE-led Nanovaccine Institute at the forefront in fighting disease
Directed by CBE’s Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Vlasta Klima Balloun Chair Balaji Narasimhan, the Nanovaccine Institute bring together 70 researchers from 19 institutions with one primary goal: To help the world protect its people from dangerous diseases through cutting-edge research into how vaccines are developed and delivered.
CBE Points of Pride
Undergraduate enrollment has increased more than 100% since 2008.
Female undergraduate enrollment: 31%, largest in the College of Engineering (fall 2019)
CBE B.S. undergrad average starting salary nearly $70,000/yr.
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