Bioprocess Engineering Degree Requirements

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Degree Requirements

Master of Bioprocess Engineering candidates will be required to complete a minimum of 24 core units over two successive semesters. This includes a Biochemical Engineering lecture and laboratory series covering 1) cells and the production of biomolecules; and 2) the recovery, separations, and purification of biomolecules, respectively. This foundational series is complemented by required coursework in Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Quality by Design (QbD), statistical experimental design, and a Bioprocess Industry seminar series to ensure that you graduate with the necessary skillset and exposure to begin or continue your career in the bioprocess industry. The curriculum also allows room to personalize your education and experience by choosing electives from a wide variety of approved options offered by the Department and across campus.

During the second semester, the curriculum includes hands-on training at the ABPDU where you will learn to design, execute, and analyze/report process development experiments under real-world conditions. You will learn how to operate both lab- and pilot-scale bioprocessing equipment, which will impart hands-on skills in feedstock preparation, fermentation, product recovery, purification, analytics and quality to produce small molecules, proteins, and other bio-based products. You will learn through hands-on experience how to scale bio-based processes and products from laboratory to pilot production integrating statistical, life cycle, and techno-economic analysis to facilitate the design of your experiments as well as determine the commercial feasibility of specific technologies.

Following the successful completion two semesters of lecture and laboratory coursework, each student will be offered the opportunity to augment their training through an optional 3-9 month internship with an industrial partner. In this capacity, you will be able to immediately apply your classroom knowledge and hands-on laboratory experience to develop feasible and cost-effective solutions in a real-life industrial setting.