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Welcome to the website for the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Please browse these pages to learn more about our undergraduate program, graduate
, research, faculty and the latest news as to what is going on in the department.

Established in 1908 as the Department of Chemical Engineering, CBE has a long history of being a place where innovative research and outstanding instruction coexist in a thriving academic community. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to the success of our students and to tackling some of the most challenging problems facing humanity. CBE has consistently been ranked as one of the top 25 programs in the nation and the pass rate of our graduates on the Fundamentals of Engineering or “FE” exam (the first step toward professional engineering certification) is over 99%, well above the national average. The 85% completion rate of our PhD students is also well above the national average of about 60%. Our faculty have earned many national and international research and teaching awards; three of our faculty have been inducted into the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, with Prof. Brennecke the latest to receive this honor in 2012.

What can you do with a Notre Dame CBE degree? Almost anything! Our graduates have gone on to be technical and managerial leaders in major companies within the energy and chemical industries. They also help design and
manufacture computer chips, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and consumer products. Some go on to be doctors, lawyers, professors, consultants and soldiers. A degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Notre Dame prepares you to solve tough problems, speak and write clearly, and think logically. In short, you will be prepared to take on almost any challenge you can dream of.

At the undergraduate level, we offer specializations in biomolecular engineering, materials, pre-med and environmental chemical engineering. We also offer extensive study abroad opportunities and undergraduate research programs. At the graduate level, PhD students are supported with generous stipends and full tuition waivers. They work closely with individual faculty members on topics that span all of modern chemical and biomolecular engineering and go on to pursue careers in industry, the academy, and government labs.

We invite you to learn more about our department by perusing our website. We also invite you to visit the department in person. To do so, simply contact us at cbe@nd.edu to arrange an appointment.

In Notre Dame,

Edward J. Maginn

Dorini Family Professor of Energy Studies and Department Chair