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Illinois Tech’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (ChBE) — established in 1901 — was one of the first chemical engineering programs in the country. Today, it also continues to be one of the most innovative and on the leading edge of relevance to society and industry. For example, to respond to emerging industry changes, the department has expanded its curriculum to introduce biology modules in course and laboratory instruction.

ChBE strives to meet the present and future needs of society and industry by providing state-of-the-art education and research programs to its students. In order to achieve this mission, the department provides all students with:

  • Advanced research programs in core competency areas.
  • Knowledge of industrial ecology/design for the environment.
  • Understanding of ethical, economic and social issues.
  • Development of leadership and communication skills.

Our students look at the world through a different lens—and are working on projects that will impact cities and communities across the globe.