Our research-active faculty members bring state-of-the-art technology, knowledge and teaching methods to the classroom, creating an intellectually stimulating environment for students to engage in advanced learning through our MS/MEng degree offerings. Our program is rigorous but has a very high completion rate of the Master’s degree requirements within a period of about 1.5-2 years. In addition to undergraduate majors in chemical engineering, our Master’s program is also suitable for select students from physics, chemistry, and other engineering majors.

Biological Chemical Engineering is a rapidly-growing field. The Master of Engineering in Biological Chemical Engineering degree program provides graduates with the flexibility to adapt to a variety of industrial experiences and forms the base for an expanding career in biomolecular and biopharmaceutical engineering. Graduates from this program will have the skills to identify, evaluate and manage cost and performance decisions throughout the major stages of life in large-scale developments in the pharmaceutical and related industries.

Lehigh graduates have said that the Lehigh Masters Degree program has been an important enabler for them to aspire and achieve higher level career positions along both technical and management career ladders.



The master’s degree in biological chemical engineering is a 30 credit hour program. This is a non-thesis program. It is comprised of 12 credit hours of core chemical and biotechnology courses, 6 credit hours of elective chemical engineering courses of importance to the field, 6 credit hours of biology elective courses, and 6 credit hours of chemistry elective courses at the following levels:

  • Not less than 30 credit hours of graduate work at 300- or 400-level;
  • Not less than 18 credit hours of coursework at the 400-level;
  • Not less than 18 credit hours in the field of Chemical Engineering.

Students choose their coursework and complete their degree requirements by selection of any set of courses consistent with these requirements. Once accepted, the Master’s degree performance requirements will apply as follows:

  • No course with a grade below “C-” may be included in the degree program;
  • More than four grades (regardless of the number of credits) below “B-“ terminates the student’s eligibility for continued graduate work at Lehigh.


The program is open to applicants with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Biology or Chemical Engineering. As of Fall 2020, Lehigh CHBE program no longer requires submission of GRE scores as part of the graduate application process.  International applicants must still submit TOEFL scores. Applicants with a degree other than Chemical Engineering may be encouraged to take the bridging course, *Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering III, ChE 283; and depending on their background, one additional bridging course. These courses will not count toward degree requirements.

In order to be considered for admission in the Master’s of Engineering in Biological Chemical Engineering, an applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last two semesters of undergraduate studies. A personal essay summarizing your career objectives and work experience with respect to your chosen field of study must be submitted along with the application for admission and two letters of recommendation. In addition to the minimum requirements, successful applicants often have the following: one undergraduate course in Molecular Biology; one undergraduate course in Molecular Genetics; a minimum of two semester of Organic Chemistry; and a minimum two semesters of Calculus. Applicants that do not meet the above mentioned requirements may be admitted at the department’s discretion.


Required Courses:

ChE 400 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3)  ChE 441 Biotechnology I (3)
ChE 410 Chemical Reaction Engineering (3)  ChE 442 Biotechnology II (3)


Elective Biology Courses:
BIOS 345 Molecular Genetics (3) BIOS 372 Elements of Biochemistry II (3)
BIOS 371 Elements of Biochemistry I (3)  
Elective Chemical Engineering Courses:
ChE 331 Separation Processes (3) ChE 444 Bioseparations (3)
ChE 391 Colloid and Surface Chemistry (3) ChE 448 Topics in Biochemical Engineering (3)
ChE 430 Mass Transfer (3)  ChE 449 Metabolic Engineering (3)
ChE 440 Chemical Engineering in the Life Sciences (3)  
Elective Chemistry Courses:
*CHM 424 Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (3)  *CHM 442 Regulatory Affairs III: Validation of Analytical Assays (3)
*CHM 425 Regulatory Affairs I: Drug Discovery to Approval (3) *CHM 463 Regulatory Affairs IV: Commercial Production (3)
*CHM 428 Regulatory Affairs II: Medical Devices and Combination Technologies (3) *CHM 474 Regulatory Affairs V: Pharmaceutics (3)
*CHM 432 Chemometrics (3) *CHM 477 Regulatory Affairs VI: Biologics (3)
*Chemistry courses are offered ONLINE ONLY. In addition, Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering, ChE 283, is also an online course. Online courses can be taken by a full-time campus student.

Additional Chemistry and Chemical Engineering electives may be added as offered. Check with the Chemical Engineering Department graduate coordinator on selecting any new courses not on the above list.

Additional Information:

A maximum of up to nine credits taken at the graduate level elsewhere may be transferred from an accredited graduate college or graduate university to a Lehigh University Engineering Master’s Program. All courses must be submitted to the department along with a course description (syllabus), a letter from the university stating that the credits were actual graduate level courses, and not used toward a previous degree, and also an official transcript if not already provided.   If transcripts are not provided electronically to the email address below, they can be mailed directly to the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. 

E-mail contact: inchegs@lehigh.edu

Biological Chemical Engineering


Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Lehigh University
111 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015-4791

Email: inchegs@lehigh.edu
Phone: (610) 758-4261
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