Chemical and Biological Engineers do amazing things.

Chemical and biological engineering is the application of scientific and engineering principles to develop process solutions to everyday industrial and commercial needs, and the most pressing challenges that humanity faces today.

Applications include the production of:

  • Renewable energy systems
  • Breakthrough vaccines
  • Sustainable consumer products
  • Drought resistant crops
  • Fuels from carbon emissions
  • New products from waste
  • Biomaterials
  • Novel Batteries

Programs

Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering program focuses on the analysis, design, process control, operation and management of chemical processes to provide society with clean fuels and energy, safe foods and water, improved health, green products, and more.

Chemical and Biological Engineering

The Chemical and Biological Engineering program allows students to combine interests in life sciences with engineering through understanding of biotechnology, chemical and food bioprocessing, environmental services, pharmaceuticals, and biomedical engineering.

Working as a Chemical and Biological Engineer

Engineers working in front of a screen

Chemical and Biological Engineers work in Canada and abroad to innovate sustainable technologies and solutions to provide society with the products and processes required to build a healthy, green, sustainable future. Graduates of our programs pursue careers in industry, research, government and non-government organization or become entrepreneurs.

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Student and alumni stories

Learn what it is like to be a CHBE student by listening to student experiences, following a student for a day, or taking a virtual tour of our labs. Explore the entrepreneurial work done by CHBE Researchers and Alumni.

Student working in the undergraduate lab

Student stories

Explore our playlist of student persepectives, including a day in the life of a CHBE student, student vlogs, interviews, and more.

Capstone Design Projects

Students studying

Fourth Year CHBE Capstone student projects are among the most complex and societally impactful projects of any faculty. Through their Capstone projects, many sponsored by industry, student groups develop complete basic engineering packages for the installation and construction of process that tackle of sort of industrial, commercial, or societally needs.

Project Examples

Academics

Students studying

The CHBE programs share foundations in chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics, a core of engineering science courses and courses on technical communications, and complementary studies. Both programs strongly emphasize sustainability, green engineering practices, and environmental protection.

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Why UBC CHBE?

Undergraduate lab

Undergraduate lab tour

Take a virtual tour of our undergraduate labs, where students do hands-on experiments to connect classroom theories with real-world applications.

World Class Educational Experience

Our programs combine classroom instruction with hands-on training in learning laboratories. Students expand their horizons through co-op placements, industrial site visits and research opportunities.


Rewarding Careers

Our degrees open doors to career opportunities in Canada and abroad. Our graduates work in the renewable energy, resources, environmental, food, medical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology sectors.


Learn From the Best

We have passionate, award-winning instructors and researchers. Our research faculty are globally recognised leaders in their fields.


Career opportunities

Chemical and Biological Engineers work in Canada and abroad to innovate sustainable technologies and solutions to provide society with the products and processes required to build a healthy, green, sustainable future. Graduates of our programs pursue careers in research, government and non-government organization or become entrepreneurs.

Graduates from UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering have critical roles as leaders in….

  • Smart and Biodegradable Materials
  • Carbon Capture Technology to Reduce GHGs
  • Clean Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Better, More Affordable Healthcare
  • Sustainable Management of Natural Resources
  • Sustainable Production of Healthy Food
  • Sustainable Development Consultant
  • Sustainable Forest-based Products
  • Systems Engineering
  • Zero Carbon Emission Fuels and Energy