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William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

About the Department

Chemical engineers take raw materials and develop them into the products we use every day. At Ohio State, we educate our students to design, develop and execute processes by which chemicals, petroleum products, food, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods can be produced economically and safely. Undergraduates have the option of studying bio-related aspects of chemical engineering as well. Our program offers a solid foundation in both the theoretical and applied aspects of chemical engineering. The critical thinking skills learned in the chemical engineering program are transferable to a wide range of disciplines and career applications, and the program is often taken by students who plan to enter medicine, law or careers in management.

Chemical and biomolecular engineering faculty often collaborate with researchers in other departments. Many participate in multidisciplinary research teams to conduct cutting-edge research in biotechnology and bioinformatics, gene therapy, life-saving medical interventions such as cancer diagnostics/treatment or artificial blood, cardiovascular science, innovative materials, microfabrication and nanotechnology,  clean water and energy, complex fluids, and sustainable, environmentally-benign manufacturing and systems.  

Careers in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Chemical engineers are responsible for commercial applications of chemistry. These applications often involve processes that more economically and efficiently provide the basic necessities of life — food, clothing, shelter, energy, transportation, and communications. Chemical engineers often do on a large scale what chemists may do on a test tube scale. Recent scientific breakthroughs in molecular biology are expected to yield even more opportunities for chemical engineers to contribute to pharmaceutical process development, drug discovery and delivery, the design and control of bioprocesses, and the general application of chemical engineering principles to biosystems.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Master of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Minor in petroleum engineering


Our researchers are involved in many interdisciplinary programs and research institutes on and around campus. Students enjoy the unique opportunity to interact and work with top scientists from leading-edge research centers such as the Center for Emergent Materials, Institute for Materials Research, and The Nanotech West Lab; the Center for Resilience and the Environmental Science and Engineering Program; Ohio State’s Heart and Lung Institute, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Biomedical Engineering Center, the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Program, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, and the University Cell Analysis and Sorting Core; The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) and the Ohio State Carbonation Ash Reactivation (OSCAR) demonstration plant; and partnerships with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Battelle Memorial and more.