A newly instituted undergraduate curriculum is designed to prepare students for a world in which both technology and biomedical knowledge are changing rapidly. The new curriculum introduces engineering from the first day of the freshman year, it features an integrated series of laboratory courses in the sophomore and junior years, and it is technologically intensive with major new undergraduate labs devoted to state-of-the-art computation and instrumentation. The curriculum includes a clinical preceptorship specifically designed for Bioengineering students.  Students learn the physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics basic to bioengineering through a combination of traditional courses offered by those departments and a series of new courses, which emphasize the engineering applications of these disciplines.
The senior year encompasses a senior design project, as well as electives in the student’s chosen area of interest. Independent study and research are conducted under the guidance of faculty from the Schools of Engineering and Medicine, as well as other schools in the University.
The minimum requirements for the BSE degree in Bioengineering are:
 • Four Mathematics courses
 • Eight and one half Natural Science courses
 • Fourteen and one half Bioengineering courses
 • Three Science or Engineering electives
 • Five courses in Social Science and Humanities, one course in Technology in Business and Society or Engineering Entrepreneurship and a course in Engineering Ethics and Professional Responsibility
 • Three Free Elective courses
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Chemical and biomolecular engineers work at the crossroads of many disciplines — chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering to name just a few. In addition to the critically important fields of chemical and petrochemical processing, chemical/biomolecular engineers apply their skills in a wide range of advanced technologies including materials processing, biotechnology, environmental remediation, genetics and pharmaceuticals. The study of chemical and biomolecular engineering leads to careers as divergent as medicine, computing, law, research, teaching or business.        
The University of Pennsylvania is the home of the country's oldest continuously operating degree-granting program in chemical engineering. Since its creation in 1893, the program has been a dynamic one.  Today, the University's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular
Engineering, ranks among the finest in the country and remains at the cutting edge in academe. Its graduates pursue successful careers and provide leadership in both industry and academia. Graduates hold positions in a wide variety of industrial settings, from the chemical and oil industries to the newer fields of biotechnology, electronics, advanced materials and pharmaceuticals. Penn graduates can also be found on the faculty of top chemical engineering departments throughout the country. The high caliber of both our undergraduate and graduate student body is a source of pride for the department and an attractive feature for prospective students.
Chemical and biomolecular engineering is a very broad-based engineering discipline that focuses on understanding and controlling chemical and biochemical reactions and the physical and chemical behavior of fluids and solids. Chemical engineers use detailed knowledge of these disciplines along with engineering principles to develop and design processes for the production of a variety of products including, petrochemicals, fuels, advanced materials, bio-chemicals and pharmaceuticals, just to name a few.
Program Educational Objectives: Graduates of the undergraduate program in chemical and biomolecular engineering will:
 • Excel in careers in chemical and biomolecular engineering practice and research in the chemical, biochemical, energy, and materials industries;
 • Make use of the versatility of our chemical and biomolecular engineering program to excel in diverse career paths, including business, medicine, law, government, and education;
 • Excel in top-ranked engineering graduate programs and professional schools;
 • Be recognized as critical, creative and independent thinkers who direct their technical expertise towards addressing the needs of society;
 • Be recognized as leaders in their chosen fields; and
 • Be sensitive to the social, ethical, and technical implications of their work as it affects the environment, safety, and health of citizens worldwide.
The minimum requirements for the BSE degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering are:
 • Four Mathematics courses
 • Nine Natural Science courses
 • Thirteen Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering courses
 • Four Technical Elective courses (including one Engineering course in another discipline)
 • One Computer Programming Course
 • Seven Social Science and Humanities courses
 • Three Free Elective courses