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 Building Hours
Regular hours: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday, closed Saturday & Sunday
CBE Office Business Hours
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
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 Points of Pride
Female undergraduate enrollment: 35%, largest in the College of Engineering (fall 2020)
CBE B.S. undergrad average starting salary nearly $70,000/yr.
CBE assistant professor and Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow Nigel Reuel is developing technology to create fast-scan rapid testing technology that could revolutionize the way detection of diseases such as COVID-19 with printed paper sensors. He’s doing so with a Rapid Response (RAPID) research grant from the National Science Foundation. Learn more.
Newsletter – 2020
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