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About Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Chemical engineers apply the basic principles of chemistry, physics and mathematics to the safe, efficient and environmentally benign development of useful industrial processes and products such as petroleum refining, materials processing, materials recycling, plastics, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, paints, electronic components and biotechnology. Biomedical engineers combine biology, medicine and engineering principles to develop novel approaches to solve complex problems in medical care and help design the next generation of medical instrumentation, devices and equipment. 

The Department provides educational programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels for both chemical engineering as well as biomedical engineering. Faculty in the Department are involved in an active program of innovative research areas including biomedical engineering; catalysis and reaction engineering; materials engineering and transport; process and energy systems engineering. Scholarships are available.

Employment Outlook

The department programs are designed to give graduates a broad background in chemical engineering or biomedical engineering and prepare them to become professional engineers. Chemical engineering majors are prepared for positions in the operation, development, design, construction and management of industrial plants where raw materials are subjected to chemical and physical changes to produce desirable products. Biomedical engineering majors can look forward to careers in healthcare, research organizations and manufacturing operations. Students from both programs are also well-prepared for graduate and professional schools. Learn more about our student outcomes.

According to a recent report in CNN/Money, biomedical engineering has an expected 10-year job growth rate of 61.7 percent. Graduates of the program can look forward to careers in healthcare, research organizations and manufacturing operations.


The vision of the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at WVU will be realized by:

  • Maintaining an emphasis on the execution of ABET-accredited, practical undergraduate chemical engineering and biomedical engineering curricula.
  • Endowing students with the basic skill set needed for the chemical engineering and biomedical engineering professions.
  • Preparing 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.
  • Contributing to the advancement of society through the application of the STEM disciplines in learning, discovery and service.