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Phone:  215-898-8351
Email: dgorte@seas.upenn.edu

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Undergraduate Degree Concentrations

Students majoring in Chemical Engineering may elect to follow a concentration within the field, choosing from any of the areas listed below. A selection of five courses in a given area is required to receive a concentration. Note that some concentrations call for 500-level courses and that an undergraduate who wishes to take any 500-level course must get permission to register from the instructor. These courses may be counted in the "Technical Electives" and "Engineering" categories of the Course Planning Guide.

Concentration in Pharmaceutics and Biotechnology

Students majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering may elect to follow a concentration in Pharmaceutics and Biotechnology. The student must include at least five courses in the concentration, choosing from among any of the courses listed below. The field of study will appear on the transcript at graduation, provided that upon successful completion of five acceptable courses, the student petitions to have the concentration added to her/his transcript.

BE 553 Tissue Engineering
BIOL 202 Cell Biology and Biochemistry
BIOL 221 Molecular Biology and Genetics
BIOL 402 Biochemistry
BIOL 421 Molecular Genetics
BIOL 475 Microbiology and Biotechnology
BIOL 476 Microbiology and Biotechnology Lab (0.5 c.u.)
CBE 150 Introduction to Biotechnology
CBE 444 Nanoscale Systems Biology
CBE 479 Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering
CBE 480 Laboratory in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
CBE 552 Cellular Engineering
CBE 553 Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
CBE 554 Engineering Biotechnology
CBE 555 Biophysical Engineering
CBE 557 Stem Cells, Proteomics and Drug Delivery- Soft Matter Fundamentals
CBE (BE) 560 Biomolecular Engineering
CBE 562 Drug Discovery and Development
CHEM 451 Biological Chemistry

Note: To take a 500-level or higher numbered course, an undergraduate student must obtain permission from the instructor.

Concentration in Polymer Science and Engineering

Students majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering may elect to follow a concentration in Polymer Science and Engineering. The student must include at least five courses in the concentration, choosing from among any of the courses listed below. The field of study will appear on the transcript at graduation, provided that upon successful completion of five acceptable courses, the student petitions to have the concentration added to her/his transcript.

CBE 535 Interfacial Phenomena
MSE 220 Structural and Biomaterials
MSE 330 Soft Materials: Colloids, Polymers, Gels and Crystals
MSE 360 Structure of Materials
MSE 393 Materials Selection
MSE/CBE 430 Polymers and Biomaterials
CBE 510 Polymer Engineering
CBE 511 Physical Chemistry of Polymers and Amphiphiles
MSE 581 Advanced Polymer Physics
MSE 790 Selected Topics in Materials Science and Engineering

Note: To take a 500-level or higher numbered course, an undergraduate student must obtain permission from the instructor.

Concentration in Environmental Engineering

Students majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering may elect to follow a concentration in Environmental Engineering. The student must include at least five courses in the concentration, choosing from any of the courses listed below. The field of study will appear on the student's transcript at graduation provided that, upon successful completion of five acceptable courses, the student petitions to have the concentration added to the transcript.

CBE 375 (ESE 360) Introduction to Environmental Systems
CBE 545 Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
EAS 401* Energy and Its Inputs
EAS 402* Renewable Energy and Its Impacts
ENVS 200** Introduction to Environmental Analysis
CBE 479 Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering
CBE 480 Laboratory in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
ESE 560 Sustainable Development of Water Resource Systems
ESE 567 Risk Analysis and Environmental Management
ENVS 611 ** Environmental Law
MEAM 402 Energy Engineering

* Course can be used as a TBS (Technology, Business and Society) Elective
** Course can be used as a Free Elective

Note: To take a 500-level or higher-numbered course, an undergraduate student must obtain permission from the instructor.

Concentration in Nanotechnology

Students majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering may elect to follow a concentration in Nanotechnology. The student must include at least five courses in the concentration, choosing from among any of the courses listed below. The field of study will appear on the transcript at graduation, provided that upon successful completion of five acceptable courses, the student petitions to have the concentration added to her/his transcript. Students are also encouraged to consider the Minor in Nanotechnology offered by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). A student considering this minor, should consult the MSE department before taking courses.

BIOL 402   Biochemistry
BIOL 421 Molecular Genetics
CBE 150 Introduction to Biotechnology
CBE 444 Nanoscale Systems Biology
CBE 479 Intro to Biochemical Engineering
CBE 480 Biochemical Engineering Lab
CBE 535 Interfacial Phenomena
CBE 552 Cellular Engineering
CBE 554 Engineering Biotechnology
CBE (BE) 560 Biomolecular Engineering
CHEM 451 Biological Chemistry
EAS 210 Introduction to Nanotechnology
ESE (MSE) 525 Nanometer Scale Science and Engineering
MSE 260 Macro and Nanoscale Materials
MSE 465 (565) Fabrication and Characterization of Nanostructured Devices
PHYS 280 Biological Physics

Note: To take a 500-level or higher numbered course, an undergraduate student must obtain permission from the instructor.