Emphasis in Biochemical Engineering

The biochemical engineering programs blend traditional engineering and subjects in the biological sciences with specially developed biochemical engineering courses and labs.

Available Programs

Bachelor of Science Degree:

Chemical Engineering Degree with Biochemical Engineering Emphasis

For more information, contact Dr. Claire F. Komives.

Master of Science Degree:

Chemical Engineering Degree with Thesis in Biotechnology/Biochemical Engineering

For more information, contact Dr. Melanie A. McNeil.

Specific courses offered include:

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Research Projects

Thesis topics can be designed by the students within the general areas of:

  • Microbial Kinetics and Fermentation
  • Bioreactor Control
  • Projects in connection with participating local biotechnology companies

Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory

The Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory is well equipped:

  • 2 Applikon computer-controlled fermentors
  • On-line process gas mass spectrometer
  • Agilent 1100 LC/MSD
  • Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer System
  • HPLC-diode array spectrometer
  • UV/Vis spectrometer
  • Eppendorf Mastercycler Gradient PCR
  • Incubator/shakers
  • Incubator
  • DNA Electrophoresis and SDS-PAGE
  • Bioimaging system
  • Other supporting equipment

Support for the Laboratories has been provided by:

  • Agilent Corporation
  • National Science Foundation (CCLI Award)
  • California State University Program in Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)
  • Gilead Pharmaceuticals