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About Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

Chemical engineering was first taught at OU in 1912 and the first graduate degree was granted in 1918. Over the years that followed, the program has developed curricula with traditional strength in fundamentals, while tailoring electives for specializations suited to contemporary and future industrial need. In 1963, the Schools of Chemical Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering were combined into the School of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. The name was changed in 2008 to the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering (CBME). This was done to reflect the increasing activities in the bioengineering area.

Our dynamic faculty are dedicated to a program of the highest quality and to leadership at the forefront of the profession it serves. This dedication and the cooperative spirit of CBME faculty has fueled a superior level of productivity. The school has developed a very broad base of external research support. A listing of recent research projects shows support from 22 different sources, including the National Science Foundation, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, The Department of Defense, The National Institutes of Health, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, and 10 companies. Every faculty member has an active research program and is expected to receive external funding.

The Chemical Engineering program at the University of Oklahoma is one of the largest programs in the College of Engineering. Historically it has been closely aligned with the petroleum and petrochemicals industry, but has aggressively moved into the newest areas of materials science and biotechnology. There are currently about 400 students served by 19 faculty members, with a student-faculty ratio of ~21:1.

Program Strengths

  1. The CBME faculty is dedicated to both teaching and research and exhibits high morale and enthusiasm.
  2. An active research program is in place with good links outside the department, such as chemistry and the medical school. Graduate students come from all over the world;  many undergraduates have the opportunity to do research as well. 
  3. The student body is a major strength of the OU chemical engineering department. They are bright, self-confident and well-spoken. There is close rapport with the faculty for both graduate and undergraduate students. Undergraduate diversity is outstanding with enrollments comprising about 40% female and 11% historically underrepresented minorities.

CBME occupies 24,000 square feet of OU's Energy Center, which is the largest single facility constructed for higher education in Oklahoma. Purpose-built laboratory spaces provide safe and efficient accommodation of experimental needs. CBME also occupies significant laboratory space in the Stephenson Research Technology Center and Carson Engineering Center.