Concentrations and Technical Electives

Through judicious choice and curricular planning, chemical engineering majors may be able to select a concentration: a series of electives that develops content expertise in a particular sub-discipline of chemical engineering.

Five concentrations are available:

  • Materials engineering
  • Computation/data science
  • Environmental engineering
  • Biological engineering
  • Chemical process engineering 

If pursued and met, the concentration will be listed on the official student transcript. Only one concentration can be officially recognized. Declaration of a concentration will take place in the second semester of the senior year via completion and submission of a Request for Concentration to the department office, due by February 15. Note that unlike required courses for the major, there is no guarantee that electives will be offered or fit into your schedule in a given semester, so early planning is recommended to increase your chances of being able to complete a chosen concentration.


  • A concentration requires use of three electives among the student's chemical engineering, technical or open elective positions on the academic progress report, within a particular area chosen from the lists below. 
  • Students may petition the department to consider new or other courses. 
  • Independent study courses cannot be used. 
  • Courses used toward a minor in any department at Bucknell cannot be double-counted toward a concentration.

Eligible Electives

Bioprocess Engineering — CHEG 452
Biomaterials: Materials in Medicine — CHEG 460
Integrated Concepts in Biology Fall — BIOL 203
Integrated Concepts in Biology Spring — BIOL 204
Microbiology — BIOL 302
Biochemistry I — CHEM 351
Genetic Engineering — CHEG 470 or UNIV 200-01 (Fall 2020 only)
Biochemical methods — BIOL 340/CHEM 358
Fermentation Processes — CHEG 470
Biomimetics — BMEG 431

Advanced Engineering Mathematics— CHEG 495
Introduction to Computer Science (or ANOP 203 with approval) — CSCI 203
Introduction to Data Mining*— CSCI 349
Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems— CSCI 356
Machine Learning for Engineering Systems— MECH 484
Advanced Fluid Mechanics— MECH 433
Operations Research— MATH 358
Data Visualization and Computing— MATH 230
Data Visualization*— ANOP 270
Predictive Analytics*— ANOP 330
Simulation and Forecasting for Business Analytics*— ANOP 350
Prescriptive Analytics*— ANOP 370
Computer Simulations in Physics— PHYS 338
Biomedical Modeling— BMEG 465

*Note: ENGR 215 has been approved to meet the MATH 216 prerequisite for this course.

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics — CHEG 455
Sustainability Principles for Engineers — CEEG 242
Environmental Engineering — CEEG 340
Physical/Chemical Treatment — CEEG 440
Environmental Engineering Biotechnology — CEEG 441
Sustainable Design — CEEG 443
Hazardous Waste Management — CEEG 444
Environmental Engineering Chemistry — CEEG 445
Advanced Environmental Chemistry — CHEM 360
Physical and Environmental Geology — GEOL 203
Geology for Engineers — GEOL 250
Introduction to Geochemistry — GEOL 305

Polymer Science — CHEG 450 or Experiments in Polymer Science and Technology — CHEG 445 (not both)
Applied Colloid, Surface and Nanoscience — CHEG 457
Biomaterials: Materials in Medicine — CHEG 460
Advanced Materials Science and Engineering — CHEG 465
Biomimetics — BMEG 431
Particle Technology — CHEG 468
Materials Chemistry — CHEM 327

Food Science & Technology — CHEG 442
Bioprocess Engineering — CHEG 452
Product and Process Chemistry — CHEG 453
Pharmaceutical Process Engineering — CHEG 454
Topics in Reaction Engineering — CHEG 481
Topics in Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics — CHEG 483
Topics in Transport Theory — CHEG 485
Fermentation Processes — CHEG 470

Technical Electives

Elective courses that fulfill the technical competency requirement are as follows.

Note that required courses in the major may not be used to fulfill the elective distribution. Additionally, courses which are similar to required major courses are exempted below. Other courses not listed here may be considered — please talk to your adviser and the department chair to make a request. Due to frequent offering changes and course numbering changes by other departments, this list is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate but should serve as a primary guide for you course selections in consultation with your academic adviser(s).

  • Biology (BIOL): Any course at 200+ level with BIOL 205 suggested as a starting point. Both 205 and 206 are recommended for students considering medical school, and they should be taken in the junior year.
  • Chemistry (CHEM): Any course at the 200+ level except 201 and 202
  • Geology (GEOL): Any course at the 200+ level
  • Physics & Astronomy (ASTR & PHYS): ASTR 101 and 102, Any course at the 200+ level. PHYS 212 is recommended especially for students considering medical school, and it should be taken the spring semester of the first year.
  • Mathematics (MATH): Any course at the 200+ level except 201-207, 211-212, 216, 217, 222, 226 and 291
  • Engineering (ENGR): Any course at the 200+ level except 200, 211-214, 222 (or 233 if 222 has already been taken), 231, 242, 285, 300 and 385
  • Biomedical Engineering (BMEG): 250, any course at the 400 level
  • Chemical Engineering (CHEG): Any course at the 400 level
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEEG): Any course at the 200+ level
  • Computer & Electrical Engineering (ECEG): Any course at the 200+ level
  • Computer Science & Engineering (CSCI): Any course at the 200+ level except 240
  • Mechanical Engineering (MECH): Any course at the 200+ level except 205, 213 and 312

Contact Details

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