Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


What is Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering?

This major focuses on the chemical transformation of substances in order to produce products and energy for society. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is rooted in chemistry, applying it to things like reducing costs at production facilities and building reactors to manufacture new materials. As a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering student, you’ll develop knowledge in physics, math, and chemistry, learning about momentum transfer, separations, and reactor design. You’ll also apply this knowledge to real-world projects in lab and design classes in a way that will safely and optimally operate chemical processes. You can choose from two concentrations: Chemical Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering. This major is housed within our College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Career Options

  • Advanced materials
  • Consumer products
  • Food and beverage
  • Fuels and energy
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plastics

Post-Graduation Success1

86% employed or continuing education

77% employed after graduation

9% attending graduate school

$69,374 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: ExxonMobil, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), General Mills

Sample grad school destinations: University of Texas at Austin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of California, Berkeley

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

30 - 34 ACT Score

1360 - 1490 SAT Score

3.56 - 3.93 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,040
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $36,394


  • Tuition: $34,182
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $53,876


  • Tuition: $39,400
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $59,094