Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering Minor

This minor provides specific training for McCormick students interested in industries that create and manufacture bio-based fuels and industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biomaterials, and agents for gene and cell therapies or for those desiring in-depth preparation for future graduate study in biotech research.

Course Title
Requirements (10 units)
6 courses in biological science and biochemical engineering:
BIOL_SCI 215-0Genetics and Molecular Biology 1
BIOL_SCI 219-0Cell Biology 1
BIOL_SCI 217-0Physiology
or BMD_ENG 303-0 Quantitative Systems Physiology
BIOL_SCI 308-0Biochemistry 2
or BIOL_SCI 301-0 Principles of Biochemistry
CHEM_ENG 375-0Biochemical Engineering
CHEM_ENG 377-0Bioseparations
Laboratory experience:
399 independent study in an approved laboratory,
or the complete series of 0.34-unit laboratories
Genetics and Molecular Processes Laboratory
and Cellular Processes Laboratory
and Investigative Laboratory
3 electives providing opportunity for greater depth in both fundamental biology and engineering applications
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in courses in the minor.
  • A BA or BS degree from Northwestern must be completed.
  • No more than 5 courses may be double-counted to fulfill requirements in the major program.
  • A maximum of 2 courses not offered by the department may be taken P/N for the minor. Students must also comply with departmental and McCormick P/N regulations for courses that are double-counted toward requirements in the minor and major programs.
  • Students not majoring in chemical engineering should take BIOL_SCI 215-0 Genetics and Molecular Biology, BIOL_SCI 217-0 Physiology, BIOL_SCI 219-0 Cell Biology, and BIOL_SCI 308-0 Biochemistry before CHEM_ENG 375-0 Biochemical Engineering and CHEM_ENG 377-0 Bioseparations. They should also take CHEM 342-1 Thermodynamics and the recommended BIOL_SCI 315-0 Advanced Cell Biology to prepare for CHEM_ENG 375-0 Biochemical Engineering and CHEM_ENG 377-0 Bioseparations.
  • Students must submit a completed petition form for the minor to the Office of Undergraduate Engineering before the beginning of their final quarter as undergraduates.

Minor Electives

Core Electives

Course Title
CHEM_ENG 371-0Transport Phenomena in Living Systems
CHEM_ENG 372-0Bionanotechnology
CHEM_ENG 373-0Biotechnology and Global Health
CHEM_ENG 376-0Principles of Synthetic Biology
CHEM_ENG 379-0Computational Biology: Principles & Applications
CHEM_ENG 382-0Regulatory Sciences in Biotechnology
CHEM_ENG 475-0Cell-Material Interactions
CHEM_ENG 478-0Advances in Biotechnology
CHEM_ENG 479-0Cell Culture and Ex Vivo Tissue Engineering
CHEM_ENG 395-0Special Topics in Chemical Engineering (must be approved by petition)

Extended Electives

Course Title
CHEM_ENG 371-0Transport Phenomena in Living Systems
CHEM_ENG 372-0Bionanotechnology
CHEM_ENG 373-0Biotechnology and Global Health
CHEM_ENG 376-0Principles of Synthetic Biology
CHEM_ENG 379-0Computational Biology: Principles & Applications
CHEM_ENG 382-0Regulatory Sciences in Biotechnology
CHEM_ENG 475-0Cell-Material Interactions
CHEM_ENG 478-0Advances in Biotechnology
CHEM_ENG 479-0Cell Culture and Ex Vivo Tissue Engineering
CHEM_ENG 395-0Special Topics in Chemical Engineering (must be approved by petition)
BIOL_SCI 315-0Advanced Cell Biology
BIOL_SCI 323-0Bioinformatics: Sequence and Structure Analysis
BIOL_SCI 328-0Microbiology
BIOL_SCI 330-0Plant Biology
BIOL_SCI 332-0Conservation Genetics
BIOL_SCI 341-0Population Genetics
BIOL_SCI 353-0Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOL_SCI 355-0Immunobiology
BIOL_SCI 361-0Protein Structure and Function
BIOL_SCI 363-0Biophysics
BIOL_SCI 378-0Functional Genomics
BIOL_SCI 380-0Biology of Cancer
BIOL_SCI 390-0Advanced Molecular Biology
BIOL_SCI 395-0Molecular Genetics
BMD_ENG 317-0Biochemical Sensors
BMD_ENG 343-0Biomaterials and Medical Devices
BMD_ENG 344-0Biological Performance of Materials
BMD_ENG 346-0Tissue Engineering
BMD_ENG 349-1Regenerative Engineering Principles and Technologies
CHEM 210-3Organic Chemistry
CIV_ENV 361-1Environmental Microbiology
CIV_ENV 441-0Chemical Microbial Interactions
CIV_ENV 442-0Processes in Environmental Biotechnology
Independent Study 399 in approved laboratory