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Chemical & Biological Engineering
What is Chemical Engineering?
Chemical Engineering is the understanding, designing, and analyzing of chemical, biochemical and electrochemical systems, environmental and waste issues, fluid flow and fluid properties, heat transfer, power and energy, process control, and separation and purification of materials.
Chemical engineers design, implement and improve technology to make life more comfortable for mankind, while keeping public safety in mind. Chemical engineers manipulate chemicals on a large scale by designing and operating complex processes that convert raw materials into more useful products.
Chemical engineers are in demand by many industrial and research sectors. More than 95% of U of S chemical engineering graduates have found employment within six months of graduation—the majority of these are employed prior to completing their university degree.
Also known as process engineers, chemical engineers are very versatile, performing many different functions in many different industries: manufacturing, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, design and construction, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, food processing, fertilizer, specialty chemicals, microelectronics, electronic and advanced materials, polymers, business services, biotechnology, environmental health, breweries, energy and safety industries.
As a chemical engineer, there are several exciting opportunities to work overseas. Recent graduates have found employment in Europe, South America, Russia and China.
What is Biological Engineering ?
Biological Engineering (formerly Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering) integrates engineering science and design with applied biological sciences for the solution of problems involving plants, animals, and the natural environment. It deals with engineering design to develop processes, machines, and systems that influence, control, or utilize biological materials and organisms for the benefit of society. Graduates are employed in the agricultural and food industries, resource industries such as forestry and mining, land and water management sectors, bio-fuels and bio-materials industries as well as the medical field for both humans and animals.
Biological engineers ensure that we have the necessities of life: safe and plentiful food to eat, pure water to drink, clean fuel and energy sources, and a safe, healthy environment in which to live. More specifically, Biological Engineering is the application of engineering principles to address challenges in the life sciences which includes fields of biology, ecology, and medicine.
*Please note that the College of Engineering has suspended enrollment into the Biological Engineering Program for the 2013-14 academic year. Students already admitted to the program will be able to complete their programs unaffected by this decision, however prospective students are encouraged to contact an academic advisor in the Engineering Student Centre 306-966-5274 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their learning or career goals.
With a degree in biological engineering, you can have an exciting career in many areas, including the following: