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Course Description

Biochemical Engineering. Biochemical processes, thermodynamics, and kinetics are used in the application of engineering principles to analyze, design, and develop processes using biocatalysts. Processes of interest include those that are involved in the formation of desirable compounds and products or in the transformation, or destruction of unwanted or toxic substances.

Course Objectives

  • Know data requirements, analysis, and interpretation for biokinetic, thermodynamic, and stoichiometric calculations used in biochemical engineering
  • Conduct an analysis on the biological factors that are important in the design, operation, performance, and/or monitoring of a biological process
  • Apply kinetic calculations to biochemical reactor design and operation
  • Conduct thermodynamic analysis for reactor design and operation
  • Know some bioethics issues and ethical aspects of biological engineering
  • Know major metabolic pathways important for biochemical engineers
  • Calculate biochemical stoichiometry requirements and apply results to the design and operation of biochemical processes
  • Know some contributions of biochemical engineering to global society
  • Participate in work groups to solve biochemical engineering problems
  • Communicate biochemical engineering concepts through the use of engineering media, verbally, and in writing


BIE 3200 Introduction to Unit Operations in Biological Engineering

Introduction to the fundamental unit operations required to process biological materials in bioprocessing, biomedical, and food engineering applications. Integration of biology and chemistry into biological engineering using basic concepts in heat, mass, and energy conservation and transport.

BIE 3670 Transport Phenomena in Bio-Environmental Systems

Core course in both biological and environmental engineering. Students develop a detailed understanding of the principles, concepts, modes, and methods of calculating heat and mass transfer. Emphasis given to contaminant and nutrient flux, along with their state transformations, in order for the biological or environmental engineer to evaluate options for production, clean-up, and control of bio-environmental systems.

Required Textbook

Bioprocess Engineering: Basic Concepts. Second Edition (Michael L. Shuler and Fikret Kargi, 2002, Prentice Hall), 2002.

Other Reading

  • Understanding Biotechnology (A. Borem et al. 2003, Prentice Hall)
  • Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea (M. Ratner and D. Ratner, 2003, Prentice Hall)
  • Various bioethics issues readings


Grade percentages are listed for both M.S. and Ph.D. level course listings (i.e. 5810, 6820)

Component 5810 6810
100% 100%
Problem Sets 20% 15%
Written Report/Oral Presentation of Special Project 15% 10%
Examination 1 20% 15%
Examination 2 20% 20%
Research Proposal - 15%
Final Examination 25% 25%

Problems sets and written report should not by turned in after the due dates (late) unless arrangements are made with me. Otherwise, there is a 20% penalty.
All teaching materials are available in alternative formats for students with special needs. Please notify the instructor.

Contribution of course to meeting department ABET standards

This course covers the principles and applications of biochemical engineering components and methods for the analysis, design, operation, and monitoring of biochemical engineering processes and reactors.

Relationship of course outcomes to program outcomes:

  • Show a capacity for investigation and experimentation including the analysis and interpretation of data
  • Demonstrate the ability to design a biological system or component of one that achieves a cost-effective solution, or contributes thereto Exercised their skills within the framework of a multi-disciplinary team or work group
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve engineering problems, utilizing fundamental engineering principles as well as the latest technologies and engineering tools, in the process of engineering analysis and design
  • Ethical conduct, issues in biological engineering, and professional responsibility Demonstrated the capability to communicate verbally, in writing, and through the use of engineering communication media
  • Exhibit an understanding of the role that Biological Engineering plays in our modern global society, that much is to be learned from the past and applied to the present, and that responsible engineers are ethical and will continue to increase their knowledge throughout their professional career
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