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High demand programs for high demand jobs.

Students who graduate in chemical and biomedical engineering are in high demand at major companies in the United States and abroad. At Statler College, we set our students apart to give them a competitive edge. Break into the industry with a degree from our department.

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Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering combines science, mathematics and engineering principles to develop commercial processes to manufacture useful products in safe and environmentally benign ways.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering combines biology, medicine, and engineering principles to develop novel approaches to solve complex problems in medical care and design next generation medical equipment.


WVU’s Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering includes 16 different laboratories developing cutting-edge technologies in process systems engineering, catalysis, materials, rehabilitation engineering and precision medicine. We offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering as well as biomedical engineering. Through these programs, students acquire the skillset to work on projects that have significant societal impact. Whether your dream is work in industry, pursue research, or start your own enterprise, WVU Chemical and Biomedical Engineering has the people, the processes, and the path to get you there.


The mission of the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at WVU is to:

  • Maintain an emphasis on the execution of ABET-accredited, practical undergraduate chemical engineering and biomedical engineering curricula.
  • Endow students with the basic skill set needed for the chemical engineering and biomedical engineering professions.
  • Prepare students for success in their chosen fields/careers, emphasis areas include: the formulation and solution of problems, leadership, working in teams, written and verbal communication, ethics and diversity.
  • Contribute to the advancement of society through the application of the STEM disciplines in learning, discovery and service.

Employment outlook

The chemical and biomedical engineering curriculum is designed to give graduates a broad background in chemical and biomedical engineering processes and to prepare them to become successful professional engineers. Some of our graduates have successful careers in other areas such as medicine, accounting, law, and business. Graduates are also qualified for positions with research institutions and government agencies.

Did You Know?


The percentage of female students graduating in the Chemical Engineering program has averaged 30 percent over the last five years.


The percentage of female students graduating in the Biomedical Engineering program has averaged 52 percent over the last 5 years.


Around 20 percent of all CBE students are involved in research and many students have presented papers at local, regional and national meetings. Our students regularly win awards at these meetings for their research.

Darrell Velegol cutting a ribbon at a dedication ceremony.

Our department has over 100 years of excellence in education. Founded in 1916-17, chemical engineering has grown from being a program that taught students to design, build and manage manufacturing plants to one that now includes biomedical engineering and a focus on biotechnology, energy and materials.


The percentage of doctoral students funded by the department.

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