Open to all majors!
Are you a Lehigh student looking to pick up an elective for the Fall 2024 semester?
The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has a number of courses available for all majors. See below and register now!

CHE/BIOE 367/467 "Engineering in Medicine" 

Apply your engineering knowledge to design next generation therapeutics

Course Instructor: Angela Brown
Lecture: T/R 1210-1325
counts toward Biomolecular Engineering concentration
In this class, students will learn about the physical changes that occur during disease and how engineers are developing new drug delivery, gene therapy, and immunoengineering approaches to target those changes. Most of the course content will come from the recent literature, providing students with a state-of-the-art understanding of the topic. No specific biology background is required.


CHE/ME 376 "Energy: Issues and Technology"

How will we power our sustainable future?

Course Instructor: Hugo Caram
Lecture: T/R 755-910
counts toward Energy and Environment concentration
The course discusses energy use, storage, generation, and distribution, which includes the environmental effects of current processes and their mitigation. Students try to answer some practical questions, how far can an EV car go, how meaningful are carbon dioxide offsets by growing trees, can we store energy as compressed air in caverns, what would it be like in a hydrogen economy? Elementary quantitative understanding of physical laws and chemistry preferred.


CHE 396/413 "Heterogeneous Catalysis"

Learn catalysis with Lehigh's most cited researcher

Course Instructor: Israel Wachs
Lecture: T/R 1210-1325
counts toward Energy and Environment concentration
History and concepts of heterogeneous catalysis. Surface characterization techniques, and atomic structure of surfaces and adsorbed monolayers. Kinetics of elementary steps (adsorption, desorption, and surface reaction) and overall reactions. Catalysis by metals, metal oxides, and sulfides. Industrial applications of catalysis: selective oxidation, pollution control, ammonia synthesis, hydrogenation of carbon monoxide to synthetic fuels and chemicals, polymerization, hydrotreating, and cracking.

CHE 397/497 "Sustainable Product Design"

Designing our future with Lehigh's only member of the National Academy of Engineering

Course Instructor: Elsa Reichmanis
Lecture: M/W 1335-1450
counts toward Energy and Environment concentration
This course will introduce a product design algorithm that can facilitate design and development of new or improved products; students will have the opportunity to practice the algorithm on a product of their choosing. The design process will emphasize the concepts of sustainability, and discuss the impact of products, specifically chemical products on the community - from the social, cultural and environmental perspectives. Students will have the opportunity to interact with product development experts from a range of industries, including commodity products and consumer goods.


CHE/MAT 398/498 "Molecular Modeling of Soft Materials"

Use computational and data science tools to probe how molecules interact

Course Instructor: Thomas Gartner
Lecture: M/W 1210-1325
counts toward Polymer/ Functional Materials concentration
This course provides an overview of molecular modeling methods (molecular simulation and theory), with a focus on applications in soft materials research. Topics include: multiscale model building approaches including coarse-grained and atomistic models; molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations; field theories and liquid state theory; applications of these methods to study problems in soft and biological matter relevant to chemical engineering and materials science (e.g., nanomaterials, polymers, liquid crystals, DNA, proteins, biomaterials).