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Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Chemical and Biomolecular)

Stream Overview

The Bachelor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering provides students with interdisciplinary skills that covers the engineering design and optimisation of systems and equipment used in the manufacturing and processing of a range of materials, with applications in processes related to biomolecular and cellular engineering, carbon neutral processes, chemical and process innovation, food industry transformations, water resources and the environment.

Students will learn how to design and develop chemical processes and equipment in practical applications with a strong interaction with industry through work experience and study projects. The degree will allow you to work in a variety of industries, including water treatment and recycling, environmental management, energy sustainability and in research from the molecular level up to full industrial scale.

The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers the following Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree specialisations:

  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Combined degrees with Science (including Medical Science), Commerce, Arts, Project Management and Law.

Course Requirements

To meet requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Chemical and Biomolecular), a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points, comprising:

  1. 36 credit points from the Engineering Core Table, including all required units
  2. The Professional Engagement Program (PEP). Details of the requirements of PEP can be found on the Faculty of Engineering Student Portal
  3. 108 credit points from the Chemical and Biomolecular Stream Core Table, including all required units
  4. A minimum of 48 credit points of additional units from the Chemical and Biomolecular Stream Specialist Table, including satisfying any additional requirements specified for the Specialist Table
  5. A maximum of 12 credit points of general electives may be taken

The completion of a major is not necessary. If a student chooses to do a major, aligned majors can be completed within the 192 credit points described above.

The best aligned majors with the Chemical and Biomolecular Stream are:

For a standard enrolment plan for Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering visit CUSP (

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering stream students will be able to:

No. Mid-Level Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate mastery of the  principles, methods  and tools of chemistry and other sciences associated with chemical engineering and mathematical modelling and analysis and  investigation that  underpin chemical engineering.
2 Demonstrate proficiency with the tools, methods, principles, technical knowledge and conceptual frameworks of chemical engineering, including mass and energy balances, transport phenomena, thermodynamics, reaction engineering, separations, process analysis and control, process design and safety.
3 Respond effectively to non-routine chemical engineering problems.
4 Apply chemical engineering approaches to a diversity of problems.
5 Apply chemical engineering principles in order to design systems, processes, products or plant to meet an identified need.
6 Recognise and respond to the interdisciplinary context of chemical engineering systems that are of current and future industrial relevance including sustainable development, safety, and environmental issues.
7 Find, interpret, evaluate and manage research to support chemical engineering decision making.
8 Organise, present and discuss professional  ideas and issues in oral, written and  other media formats.
9 Contribute as an individual to multidisciplinary and multicultural teams to deliver projects.
10 Apply relevant values, standards and judgement to contribute to the safety, economic, social and environmental sustainability of chemical engineering systems.