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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


From the time you first arrive on campus and through graduation, undergraduates are immersed in a rigorous yet rewarding program. Students learn from experts in their field and have numerous opportunities available to them, whether it’s conducting research in a faculty member’s lab, mentoring or tutoring other students, or interning with a Fortune 100 company. Many of our graduates go on to design products and processes that have a real impact in the world.


Admission to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is competitive. No single factor, including test score or high school rank, will guarantee admission to Illinois. Decisions, which are made at the college level, are based primarily on the following:

  • Courses taken in high school
  • Cumulative high school percentile rank
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Information in the essays
  • Reporting ACT or SAT scores is OPTIONAL for fall 2021 applicants and students will be evaluated holistically whether or not they submit scores, see Admissions FAQs for more details

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Transfer Students

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering invites students from other programs to transfer here and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

Curriculum & Academic Advising

The Chemical Engineering curriculum provides two concentrations: Chemical Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering. Each concentration is based on a strong fundamental understanding of Chemical Engineering principles, however the Biomolecular concentration’s technical electives focus more on bio-applied processing and technology. The department also offers a Minor in Biomolecular Engineering. Learn more about the ChBE curriculum, course schedule, electives and academic advising.


Every year the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering gives out merit-based awards and scholarships to undergraduates in recognition of their scholastic achievements and activities at the university. Sponsored by the department, alumni and corporate endowments, these awards and scholarships are presented to students every spring.

You can also contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for information on financial aid, including scholarships, work study programs and student loans.

In addition to scholarships offered by the campus, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and College of Engineering also offer scholarships to ChBE students.


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