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About the BPE ProgramB.S. in Bioprocess Engineering

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If you want a career in a high-tech, cutting edge and impactful industry, take a close look at ESF’s Bioprocess Engineering program—the first and only program of its kind in the Northeastern United States. This is an ABET accredited BS chemical engineering program.

Program Objectives

Graduates are expected:

  1. To achieve rewarding careers in bioprocess engineering and related fields after graduation.
  2. To demonstrate advancement in their careers through increasing professional responsibility and continued life-long learning.

To achieve these objectives, students study a broad base of topics in the fundamentals of engineering focused on the chemical and biological processing. Emphasis in this program is the transformation of biomolecular substances and their engineering for therapeutic, food or other products.

Students gain valuable experience through a capstone design experience in which they work on significant problems in the design and implementation of new technologies. Since bioprocess engineering engages students in a high technology field, research experience at an industrial or academic laboratories or an internship with industry is a requirement.

Students take a number of courses in math, chemistry, physics, and biology—to provide the background for the courses that prepare students for engineering careers. The engineering courses focus on fundamentals of engineering with mechanics, fluid mechanics, transport phenomena, thermodynamics and process control. Bioreaction engineering, biocatalysis, bioseparations and bioprocess design are specialized courses focusing a student’s education in the bioprocess engineering field. Varieties of technical electives in bioprocess and chemical engineering and biotechnology are available. The moderate requirement of 128 credit hours allows room for students to explore areas of interest through additional courses of their own choosing (free electives).

Students may be admitted to the bioprocess engineering program as first-year students with appropriate science backgrounds from their high school or as transfer students at any level with accommodations for coursework requirements. Students who have the associate degree in engineering science, chemical technology, biological sciences, or general science and mathematics are encouraged to apply as transfer students.

Student Outcomes

The program must have documented student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives. By the time of graduation, students must demonstrate:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (Knowledge)
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data (Experiments)
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability (Systems)
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams (Teams)
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (Problems)
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (Ethics)
  • an ability to communicate effectively (Communicate)
  • the broad education necessary to understand engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context (Broad Education)
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning (Life-long learning)
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues (Contemporary issues)
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice (Tools)
  • career preparedness or an ability to work in an industrial or research position in bioprocess engineering related fields (Career).
  • an awareness of hazards: biohazard, reactive hazard and process safety (Hazard)

Research Experiences

Bioprocess engineering students are focused in the bioprocess and allied industries high tech industries and hence are encouraged to get a research or equivalent industrial experience through faculty-guided internships assignments. There is a two credit course following the Bioprocess Engineering experience to summarize the experience with a report and a presentation for completion of the research internship.

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Student Enrollment and Graduates

Academic Year Program Enrollment (Fall) B.S. Graduates
2018-2019 74 34
2017-2018 50 24
2016-2017 50 14
2015-2016 58 15
2014-2015 64 13
2013-2014 55 11
2012-2013 55 13
2011-2012 52 15