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Bioprocess Engineering Minor

There has been an increased focus on biological engineering techniques utilized by industries that include, but are not limited to, pharmaceuticals, food processing, consumer products, agricultural and biotechnology firms.  This increased focus from an industrial standpoint has resulted in increased demand for prospective employees that have a strong background in both engineering and life sciences.  The curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation to pursue a career in these industries.

Sample of companies looking for biosciences background:

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Eli Lilly
  • Merck & Co.
  • Pfizer
  • ConAgra
  • Solae
  • H.J. Heinz
  • Kellogg's
  • Pepsi
  • Coca-Cola
  • Kraft Foods
  • General Mills
  • Nabisco
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Miller Brewing
  • Dow
  • Dupont
  • 3M Corporation
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • Johnson & Johnson

 

This minor is open to all engineering students at Trine. For a chemical engineering student to complete his or her degree with this minor, only one extra course is required. With proper planning, a chemical engineering student can complete the program and this minor in four years and within the 12–18 hours covered by current full-time tuition.

For engineering student in a major other than chemical engineering an additional semester of coursework would typically be required to complete this minor.

Course Requirements

CH 203 Organic Chemistry I
CH 211 Organic Chemistry I Lab
BIO 324 Microbiology
BIO 434 Biochemistry
CHE 303 ChE Fluid Dynamics 
or ES 323 Fluid Mechanics
CHE 4073 Biochemical Engineering
CHE 4173 Bio-Separations
Advanced Bio-Elective (departmental approval needed) - 3-4 credit hours

Total Minor Program:  24-25 credit hours

For a complete description of the above requirements, please go to the Course Catalog.