The Master of Bioprocess Engineering (MBPE) degree will provide graduates upon completion of a 9-month program with an understanding and ability to apply Bioprocess Engineering to a number of key technological needs spanning multiple industries. These include methods to produce biofuels, bio-based chemicals, proteins, pharmaceuticals, and other high-value biologics; how to design and/or operate appropriate unit operations (e.g., fermentation systems), mammalian-cell culture systems, and instrumentation to monitor and control biotechnological processes; and how to apply and test bioproduct separation technologies. Unlike other programs, the new program at UC Berkeley will have access to state-of-the-art bioprocessing equipment at the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU), which is part of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory funded by US DOE. Access to the ABPDU will afford you with an integrated didactic experience. As a result, you will be able to immediately apply hands-on knowledge and become specialized in knowing how to relate engineering concepts to biological systems and organisms.
After completion of the degree, every student who wishes to can be placed in a 3-9 month industry internship where practical knowledge and experience will be solidified. We expect that many of these placements will lead to longer career placement opportunities within the company.
This program is eligible for OPT and STEM OPT. If you have further immigration questions please contact Berkeley International Office.