Biological & Chemical Engineering Program Area
The Biological & Chemical Engineering (B&CE) Program Area uses fundamental principles of biology, chemistry, and mathematics to educate students in bio-inspired systems, circuits, and processes as well as biotherapies and biofuels. The B&CE Program Area puts a particular emphasis on intellectual paths with human-centered impact.
B&CE 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 B&CE within Thayer, across Dartmouth, and among researchers and practitioners from around the US and the world.
These fields include:
- Biological circuits and systems
- Biomass energy
- Metabolic engineering
- Process simulation
- Protein engineering
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 B&CE, 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: