(College of Engineering)
Tonya Kuhl, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department, 530-752-6802; July 1, 2019-June 30, 2022
Department Office. 3001 Ghausi Hall; Fax 530-752-1031; http://che.engineering.ucdavis.edu/
The Department of Chemical Engineering offers two undergraduate programs: Chemical Engineering & Biochemical Engineering.
Mission Statement. To advance, through teaching and research programs, the frontiers of chemical and biochemical engineering; to educate students with a sense of professionalism and community; and to serve the public of California through outreach efforts.
Honors Program. An Honors Program is available to qualified students in the Chemical Engineering & Biochemical Engineering majors. It is a two-year program designed to challenge the most talented students in these majors. Students are invited to participate in their sophomore year. In the upper division, students will complete either an honors thesis or a project that might involve local industry. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.500 to continue in the program. Successful completion of the Honors Program will be acknowledged on the student's transcript.
Biochemical Engineering Undergraduate Program
The Biochemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; see http://www.abet.org.
As the biotechnology industry expands and matures, there is increasing need for engineers who can move products from the research stage to large-scale manufacturing. As they fill this need, engineers must also understand the production, purification, and regulatory issues surrounding biopharmaceutical manufacturing.
Biochemical engineers—with their strong foundations in chemistry, biological sciences, and chemical process engineering—are in a unique position to tackle these problems. Biochemical engineers apply the principles of cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and engineering to develop, design, scale up, optimize, and operate processes that use living cells, organisms, or biological molecules for the production and purification of products (such as monoclonal antibodies, vaccines, therapeutic proteins, antibiotics, and industrial enzymes); for health and/or environmental monitoring (such as diagnostic kits, microarrays, biosensors); or for environmental improvement (such as bioremediation). An understanding of biological processes is also becoming increasingly important in the industries that traditionally employ chemical engineers, including the industries that process materials, chemicals, foods, energy, fuels, and semiconductors.
Objectives. We educate students in the fundamentals of chemical and biochemical engineering, balanced with the application of these principles to practical problems; educate students as independent, critical thinkers who can also function effectively in a team; prepare students with a sense of community, ethical responsibility, and professionalism; prepare students for careers in industry, government, and academia; teach students the necessity for continuing education and self-learning; and foster proficiency in written and oral communications.
Students are encouraged to adhere carefully to all prerequisite requirements. The instructor is authorized to drop students from a course for which stated prerequisites have not been completed.
Exclusive of General Education units, the minimum number of units required for the Biochemical Engineering major is 162.