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ERIC Number: EJ829439
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-2479
Future of Chemical Engineering: Integrating Biology into the Undergraduate ChE Curriculum
Mosto, Patricia; Savelski, Mariano; Farrell, Stephanie H.; Hecht, Gregory B.
Chemical Engineering Education, v41 n1 p43-50 Win 2007
Integrating biology in the chemical engineering curriculum seems to be the future for chemical engineering programs nation and worldwide. Rowan University's efforts to address this need include a unique chemical engineering curriculum with an intensive biology component integrated throughout from freshman to senior years. Freshman and Sophomore Engineering Clinics introduce students to biochemical processes using hands-on experiments. A novel sophomore course taught by Biology faculty introduces biological topics relevant to engineering. Junior and Senior Engineering Clinics provide an opportunity for Engineering and Biology students to work together on bio-oriented engineering research and design projects supervised jointly by Biology and Engineering faculty. Specialized, upper-level chemical engineering elective courses provide an opportunity to further explore bio-related engineering topics. A new concentration in bioengineering allows students to graduate with a cadre of bio-related courses. This collaborative approach to integrating biology in the chemical engineering curriculum helps prepare students for careers in food, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. This paper describes the implementation, impact and benefits of this collaborative approach to the chemical engineering curriculum. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
Chemical Engineering Education, Chemical Engineering Division of ASEE. P.O. Box 142097, Gainesville FL 32614. Tel: 352-392-0861; Fax: 352-392-0861; e-mail:; Website:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A