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Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

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What is Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering?

This major focuses on the chemical transformation of substances to products and energy for society. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is rooted in chemistry. As a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering student, you’ll develop knowledge in physics, math, and chemistry. You'll learn 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 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 and maintains close ties with The Grainger College of Engineering. Students take advantage of resources and programs in both colleges.

Career Options

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

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

76% employed after graduation

12% attending graduate school

$70,588 average starting annual income

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

Sample grad school destinations: University of Texas at Austin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign View All

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

31 - 34 ACT score

1370 - 1510 SAT score

3.65 - 3.95 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

4.0 years to degree

94% freshman retention rate

54% four-year graduation rate

82% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,040
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $36,394

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $34,182
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $53,876

International

  • Tuition: $39,400
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $59,094
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