BS in Chemical Engineering with Emphasis in Biochemical

Degree Program Description

The biochemical emphasis builds on the core Chemical Engineering curriculum to create expertise in chemical reactions associated with biological processes. Students achieving this emphasis area will be exposed to basic concepts of living systems, metabolism, biological polymers, hormones, and basic genetics through courses in biology and biochemistry, as well as biomass, enzyme, yeast, and other biochemical processes, including the associated industrial operations. Students completing this emphasis will be well-poised for careers in biomedical engineering, human or veterinary medicine, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural/food engineering. Students will also be in a strong position to pursue graduate degrees in biological or biomedical engineering, dentistry, or human or veterinary medicine.

Major Program Requirements

Students must complete all BSChE requirements, including the emphasis area requirements below.

Emphasis Area Requirements
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
BIOCHM 4270Biochemistry (I) *3
BIOCHM 4272Biochemistry (II)3
Two courses from the following list
Principles of Biochemical Engineering
Biomass Refinery Operations
Food Process Engineering
Biomanufacturing Technologies

Satisfies the chemistry elective

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
MATH 15005MATH 17005
CHEM 13204CHEM 13304
CH_ENG 10002PHYSCS 27505
ENGLSH 10003CH_ENG 22253
Approved history/poli. sci. elective3 
 17 17
Second Year
MATH 23003MATH 41003
CHEM 21003CHEM 21103
PHYSCS 27605CHEM 21302
CH_ENG 22263CH_ENG 32623
CH_ENG 32613Humanities or social/behavioral sciences3
 17 14
Third Year
STAT 47103CH_ENG 32343
CH_ENG 32333CH_ENG 43703
CH_ENG 32353BIOCHM 42723
BIO_SC 15005Economics elective3
BIOCHM 42703Humanities or social/behavioral sciences3
 17 15
Fourth Year
CH_ENG 32433CH_ENG 43153
CH_ENG 43603CH_ENG 49803
CH_ENG 43633Chemical engineering elective3
CH_ENG 43853Engineering technical elective3
Humanities or social/behavioral sciences3Humanities or social/behavioral sciences3
 15 15
Total Credits: 127

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Degree Audit

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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities. For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center. No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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