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Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Prospective Students

Ellen Berggren

What is Chemical Engineering?

Chemical engineers use their strong background in mathematics and life sciences, particularly physics, chemistry, biochemistry and biology, to overcome and solve technical problems. Your knowledge and expertise in engineering will serve in resolving technical challenges and finding solutions. Traditionally associated with fuels and energy systems, modern chemical engineers also make significant contributions to the fields of biomedicine, biotechnology and microelectronics.

A degree in chemical engineering can lead to a diverse career in fields such as law, finance, consulting, education and medicine.

Points of Excellence

  • UNL’s Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering equips students for valuable careers in a growing industry, shaped by society’s needs for more and better products and solutions.
  • Regard for our program is high among employers and advanced degree institutions, with CHME graduates demonstrating solid knowledge from the classroom applied in learning opportunities such as UCARE (Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences), working with faculty.
  • UNL’s chemical and biomolecular engineering students readily secure internship and co-op opportunities that enhance their career paths.
  • The CHME program helps the world through such innovative research projects as:
    • developing regenerative medical materials
    • advancing cutting edge genomic techniques like ultra-fast polymerase chain reaction (PCR) against emerging diseases
    • generating processes for sustainable biofuels production
    • creating a device to give robots a human sense of touch using nanotechnology

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S.Ch.E.)
  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S.Ch.E)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Ph.D.)


The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering is located in Donald F. Othmer Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus. The four-story building, which opened in 2002, features the latest in research laboratory design, including a bio-process manufacturing facility; a state-of-the-art computer control system for laboratories; and next-generation distance education technology.

General Use Areas
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Seminar Room (Othmer 207A)
  • Kenneth and Edna Anderson Reading Room (Othmer 207G)
  • AIChE Student Chapter Office and Lounge (Othmer 206)
Classrooms / Teaching Laboratories
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Design Studio (Othmer 205)
  • Richard L. and Carol McNeel Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Computer Lab (Othmer 201)
  • Unit Operations Laboratory (Othmer 15A)
Research Laboratories
  • Polymer Characterization Lab (Othmer 122)
  • Protein Purification and Characterization Lab (Othmer 124)
  • Surface Science Laboratory (Othmer 135)
  • Biomass Extraction and Separation Laboratory / Surface Design and Characterization (Othmer 216)
  • The William A. and Emily E. Scheller Chemical Engineering Biochemical Research Laboratory (Othmer 218)
  • Molecular Design of Catalysts and Nanomaterials Lab (Othmer 219)
  • Mesoscale Engineering Lab (Othmer 227, 228, 232)
  • Bioseparations and Biomaterials Lab / Cell Culture (Othmer 309)

Career Opportunities

Lab Worker Industries
  • Chemical Process Industries
  • Biotechnology
  • Design and Construction
  • Electronics
  • Environmental Safety & Health
  • Food and Beverages
  • Fuels
  • Advanced Materials
Job Titles
  • Biomedical Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Process Design Engineer
  • Technical Manager
  • Plant Process Engineer
  • Process Safety Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Professor
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Control Engineer
Employment of Recent Graduates
  • Assistant Chemical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell
  • Chemical Engineer, ExxonMobil
  • Engineering Leadership Program, National Instruments
  • Financial Operations Analyst, Goldman Sachs
  • Mills Quality Trainee, ConAgra
  • Production Assistant, Archer Daniels Midland
  • Production Management Engineer, Cargill
  • Project Engineer, Cargill
  • R&D Laboratory Intern, EKA Chemicals & Iggesunds Paperboard
  • Research, University of Nebraska
  • Research & Development Engineer, Proctor & Gamble
  • Systems Engineer, Boeing
Additional Education of Recent Graduates
  • MS Chemical Engineering, University of Nebraska
  • PhD Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin
  • PhD Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois
  • PhD Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota

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Anderson Reading Room

Kenneth and Edna Anderson Reading Room. A perfect place to study.