Medical and Industrial Biotechnology

The Medical and Industrial Biotechnology (MIB) Focus Path prepares students from engineering and life sciences for careers in biotechnology industries including manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, tissue culture, agricultural products, and new food and energy sources. The core of the focus path comprises two courses -- Bioprocess Engineering (CHEME 5430) and Systems Biology in Biotechnology and Medicine (CHEME 5440) -- and an M.Eng. independent project that will involve important laboratory methods in biotechnology, including recombinant DNA and cloning, cell culture, protein production, small and large-scale separations, and bioreactor design and operation.

Cellular Process and Microfluidic Process

Medical and Industrial Biotechnology Curriculum

Fall Course

Course Name


Spring Course

Course Name

CHEME 5430Bioprocess Engineering3 MIB Elective13
 MIB Elective13CHEME 5650MIB Design Project4

(1-9 Variable)

CHEME xxxxElective3   
CHEME 5990Medical and Industrial Biotechnology Seminar31CHEME 5990Medical and Industrial Biotechnology Seminar31
  16  14

This curriculum example satisfies the chemical engineering M.Eng. requirements and the focus path requirements.

1. The MIB elective should be chosen from the list below.

2. Students who have taken CHE 4010 and/or 4020 or the equivalent(s) can substitute electives for these classes.

3. The seminars are self-directed sets of 10 lectures each semester from various biotechnology and biology seminar series on campus.

4. The 7-credit M.Eng. project in the spring semester will apply methods and techniques in biotechnology to an independent project. Potential projects will be discussed and researched in the fall semester under the auspices of CHEME xxx (Bioengineering Logic and Design). The result of this 2-credit course will be a prospectus containing a problem statement, significance, plan, and timeline for proposed project.

Students in this specialization are not required to satisfy the Environmental and Societal Impact and business practices knowledge requirements.

MIB Electives:

Bioengineering Electives:

  • BME 6670 Nanobiotechnology (fall) 3 credits
  • BEE 7600 Nucleic Acid Engineering (spring) 2 credits
  • BEE 3600 Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering (also BME 3600) (spring) 3 credits

Biological Sciences Electives:

  • BIOAP 3160 Cellular Physiology (spring) 3 credits
  • BIOMG 3300 Principles of Biochemistry, Individualized Instruction (fall and spring) 4 credits
  • BIOMG 3340 Computer Graphics and Molecular Biology (fall and spring) 1 credit
  • BIOMG 6310 Protein Structure and Function (fall) 3 credits 
  • BIOMG 6330 Biosynthesis of Macromolecules (fall) 2 credits
  • BIOMG 6360 Functional Organization of Eukaryotic Cells (spring) 3 credits
  • BIOMI 3940 Applied and Food Microbiology (also FDSC 3940) (fall) 3 credits
  • BIOMI 3970 Environmental Microbiology: Evolution, Biogeochemistry, Microbial Ecology (spring) 3 credits
  • BIOMI 6901 Prokaryotic Biology: Microbial Structure and Function (fall) 1 credit
  • BIOMI 6902 Prokaryotic Biology: Environmental Microbiology (fall) 1 credit
  • BIOMI 6903 Prokaryotic Biology: Microbial Physiology/Diversity (fall) 1 credit
  • BIOMI 6904 Prokaryotic Biology: Bacterial Genetics (spring) 1 credit
  • BIOMI 6905 Prokaryotic Biology: Bacterial Pathogenesis (spring) 1 credit 
  • PLBIO 3420 Plant Physiology (spring) 3 credits
  • PLBIO 3430 Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering of Plants (spring) 2 credits
  • PLBIO 3800 Strategies and Methods in Drug Discovery (spring) 2 credits