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Biological & Chemical Engineering Program Area
Within their engineering sciences degree, students may choose a concentration in biological and chemical engineering (BCE). The BCE Program Area provides structure and guidance for this concentration in fields such as bio-inspired systems, circuits, and processes as well as biotherapies and biofuels, and encourages paths with human-centered impact.
BCE Program Area Lead: Margie Ackerman
The Student Experience
We are committed to offering individualized mentoring of our student's professional development toward becoming enabled, independent professionals, and to maximizing the quality our student's experience through scholarship, coursework, and community.
Students are expected to propose a plan of study that supports their interests, potentially including distinctive intellectual paths unconstrained by disciplinary boundaries and enriched by interdisciplinary synergies.
Most graduate study is advanced through the research thesis and disseminated through contributions to the peer-reviewed literature, presentations at professional meetings, and in some cases patents and other forms.
We seek to foster stimulating and accessible intellectual communities among students and faculty interested in BCE within Thayer, across Dartmouth, and among researchers and practitioners from around the US and the world.
Biological & Chemical Engineering Research
BCE research at Dartmouth has been chosen strategically to address key trends and challenges—such as applying deep learning to biological problems with a focus on sustainability, accessibility, and implementation—and is supported by leading faculty in their fields.
Our collective research activities can be mapped onto a landscape defined by both impact (health and energy), and scale (molecular, cellular, and systems). These activities include:
Individualized plans of study are developed by students with their faculty mentors pursuant to gaining both a broad understanding of science and engineering relevant to BCE, and also depth in one or more technical area within the student's focus area. Technical depth is addressed through courses often relevant to the research areas listed above.
To foster a broad understanding, students select one course each from groups based on three different scales of engineering: