Your CBE Contact:

Denice Gorte
Undergraduate Coordinator
Office:  311A Towne Building
Phone:  215-898-8351

Helpful Links:

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

CBE Courses

CBE Virtual Libarary

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate FAQ


Undergraduate Program Overview

Chemical Engineers apply concepts from the physical sciences (Chemistry and Physics) and life sciences (Biochemistry and Microbiology) in the design and optimization of processes for the efficient production of products ranging from fuels and chemicals to pharmaceuticals to advanced materials.

Penn's Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department provides its students with both a strong foundation in engineering fundamentals and exoosure to modern chemical engineering technologies. The versatility of the program allows our students to excel in diverse careers in the chemical industries, research, medicine, law, government, and education.

Curriculum Overview

Penn's CBE curriculum ensures that every student receives thorough training in fundamental concepts of permanent relevance regarding the physical, biotechnological, and chemical principles underlying the engineering profession.

Course Planning Guides

The Course Planning Guide (CPG) assists the student in planning a course of study to complete the program as expected. A sample CPG is available to assist with planning.


Students may elect to follow a concentration within the field. A selection of five courses is required which emphasizes one of the following: 1) Pharmaceutics and Biotechnology; 2) Polymer Science and Engineering; 3) Nanotechnology; and 4) Environmental Engineering.

Undergraduate Academic Rules and Regulations

The official academic rules and regulations governing the undergraduate course of study are found in the SEAS Undergraduate Handbook.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Links to undergraduate research opportunities, internships, and other opportunities.