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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.

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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