Undergraduate Program

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The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in chemical engineering.

Two Program Tracks

Chemical Engineering Track

Chemical engineering is well-established at Iowa State University with more than 100 years of history and growth. Learn more about what chemical engineers do.

Biological Engineering Track
You can elect to choose electives to construct a chemical engineering program that looks like “biological” engineering to prepare for careers in the food, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, environmental, or an emerging chemical industry based on biorenewable foodstocks. Learn more about what biological engineers doDiscover the biomedical engineering minor if you’re interested in applying engineering to biology.

Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of the chemical engineering program at Iowa State University are to produce graduates who:

  • Will excel in careers as professional chemical engineers in the businesses and industries related to chemical engineering
  • Will successfully pursue research and advanced studies in chemical engineering, or in related fields such as chemistry and biology, or in related professional fields such as medicine, law and business

Courses You Would Take

The department offers a wide range of chemical engineering courses, which many are taught in state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. Core courses are offered each semester to enable rapid progress of those taking advantage of industrial internship opportunities.

For transfer students, enrollment is permitted for no more than two semesters before satisfying the basic program requirement. Certain waivers and substitutions are possible for transfer students and should be discussed with the academic adviser as early as possible.

Your first step is to apply. Do you need help paying for it? Check out our financial aid options.