Chemical & Biological Engineering

Thank you for being an engaged, committed and supportive community. Your investment in the Chemical & Biological Engineering department (CBE) will build on the pride we all share in our exceptional past and the excitement we have for our present successes to enable future possibilities.

With more than 700 students and approximately $7 million in annual research awards, the Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) Department at the Colorado School of Mines is a dynamic, exciting environment for research and higher education. For 75 years we have pursued education and basic/applied research aimed at addressing global problems. CBE continues to provide a rigorous educational experience where faculty and students work together to solve meaningful problems with far-reaching societal applications. Departmental research areas include biochemical and biomedical engineering, computational methods and atomistic simulation, hydrates, renewable energy, separation and catalysis, soft matter and complex fluids, and theoretical and applied thermodynamics. The department prides itself on maintaining the highest academic standards in education while simultaneously adapting to the changing demands of the world and offering the personal and professional support needed to help our students excel.

CBE had its beginnings in 1944 as the Petroleum Refining Engineering Department. In 1947 we graduated our first 11 undergraduates and 2 graduate students. In 1965, we were renamed the Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining Department and in 2002 we were renamed the Chemical Engineering Department. In 2011, we became the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department. This name progression reflects our evolving curriculum, program size and expanding expertise, which are reflected in the doubling of both student enrollment and research volume over the past decade.

During the last several years we have increased our biological focus in both research and curriculum. In 2009 we graduated our first undergraduate students with degrees in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. In addition, we instituted the Biomedical Engineering minor in which undergraduates across the CSM campus can obtain a minor or area of special interest.

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