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2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Engineering: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering Concentration, BSBE

About the Program

Biological Engineering - multiple concentrations

The world has tremendous need for solutions to problems related to the environment, energy, health, food, and sustainability. Biological systems are related to or at the heart of all of these issues. A biological engineer learns to design and analyze biological systems to develop innovative and practical solutions. Our B.S. graduates are well prepared for careers in the food industry, pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, and bioprocessing as well as entrance into graduate or medical school. Students may select a major and plan of study within biological engineering that is tailored to their specific career goals. Some areas of focus include:

Cellular and biomolecular engineering: This emerging field is expected to rapidly advance and open opportunities in biomanufacturing, drug design, human therapeutics, tissue and organ regeneration, bioenergy and biofuel production, bioremediation, and biodefense.

Food and Biological process engineering: This is an interdisciplinary field that applies the basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering to convert agricultural commodities into edible foods and biological materials through various processing steps. Advances in genetic engineering lead to new types of crops and new processing methods to create value added products.

Pharmaceutical process engineering: This program of study is targeted to provide graduates with unique skills and job opportunities to take on roles within all phases of the pharmaceutical industry including research, product and process development, processing engineering, manufacturing, and marketing. Watch a video and take a look at some senior projects.

Some of the factors that contribute to Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Purdue University being a top ranked program:

  • Multiple opportunities for interaction with faculty in laboratories and in classes
  • Student Competitions, Clubs, Global Experiences
  • Personalized advising and attention from faculty
  • Practical curriculum for industrial careers
  • Great opportunities for scholarships and internships
  •  Excellent placement record and starting salaries

We hope to see you in ABE soon!

Degree Requirements

129 Credits Required

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (79-80 credits)

Elective (1 credit)

College of Agriculture and University Level Requirements

  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  • 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
  • 6 credits International Understanding
  • 3 credits Multicultural Awareness
  • 6 credits - 3 credit hours from the Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ courses or above, and an additional 3 credit hours from the Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ or above or from a course with a required pre-requisite in the same department. 
  • 9 credits of Humanities and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Additional Degree Requirements

Select Ag Biological Science Selectives , Ag Economics Selectives , and CBOE Biological & Science Selectives  for additional lists.

Program Requirements

17-18 Credits

16 Credits

18 Credits

15 Credits

16 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

16 Credits

Spring 4th Year

15-16 Credits


Students must have a graduation index of 2.0

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for individual student.

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