The explosive growth of knowledge in life sciences in the 90’s and the accelerated growth of research and development in the pharmaceutical industry became the driving force for our new Biopharmaceutical Engineering Program. The objective of this program is to diversify the knowledge base and the marketability of our chemical engineering graduates so that they can make significant contributions to the pharmaceutical industries.
The biopharmaceutical field is a rapidly developing area separated into upstream (drug formulation and development process) and downstream (process and manufacturing) components, with chemical engineering playing a critical role in both of these areas. The future of this field will depend upon innovative new engineers who are able to easily communicate with people on either side. The goal of this program is to provide students a cohesive view of basic biopharmaceutical principles, so that they can more readily apply their engineering skills to this diverse discipline.
How does the Program Work?
Students enrolled in this track will complete the chemical engineering core curriculum with additional courses important in the biopharmaceutical area.
They will receive a bachelor of sciences degree in chemical engineering with a focus in biopharmaceutical engineering. Hence, they will be ready for jobs in both chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Additional courses include:
- Biological Chemistry I (CHE 550) or equivalent
- Elementary Physiology (PGY 206)
- Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
- Formulation and Manufacturing
- Drug Discovery (or equivalent)
- Two Chemical Engineering Electives in Bio area
- Drug Delivery
- Biomedical Research Experience
- Bioprocess Engineering
Our department offers this track in collaboration with the UK College of Pharmacy. The UK College of Pharmacy is one of the top 10 pharmacy schools in the country. As part of the track, students will be taking courses in the UK College of Pharmacy, finishing with a laboratory practical course including a section on Good Manufacturing practices, the regulatory methods used to ensure patient safety and product quality.
An online application is now available!
Additional information can also be obtained by contacting Tom Dziubla, Program Committee Chair.
Biopharmaceutical Program Committee Chair
Dept of Chemical and Materials Engineering
177 F Paul Anderson Tower
Lexington, KY 40506-0046