Your degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering

While studying Chemical and Biological Engineering, you're learning to integrate biological systems with engineered systems to manufacture next generation technology. You’ll develop important skills to design systems for a wide array of applications such as food production, wastewater treatment, and drug delivery.

These skills may include:

  • Planning and design of a system and processes that meet production objectives and adhere to industry standards and regulatory requirements
  • Development and execution of purification techniques such as distillation, crystallization, sublimation, and chromatography for different substances
  • Design and testing of process equipment (e.g., valves, vessels, pumps, heat exchangers, piping)
  • Conducting root cause analysis to investigate and troubleshoot process control issues related to electrical, instrumentation, and control systems
  • Development of improved fabrication methods and processes for commercial production
  • Evaluation and assessment of technologies for reliability, production capability, consistency, and cost-effectiveness
  • Technical skills in carrying out modelling and statistical analysis using MATLAB and HYSYS
  • Creation and implementation of environmental control measures including the reduce, recycling, reuse of waste and by-products

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including biotechnology, food and beverage production, manufacturing and processing, quality assurance, environmental protection, biomedical, pharmaceuticals, and more.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Biochemical development engineer

Biomechanical engineer

Biomedical engineer

Bioprocess engineer

Bioresource engineer

Biotechnical engineer

Biotechnology analyst

Cell culture engineer

Chemical engineer

Chemical process engineer

Computational biology programmer

Dairy plant engineer

Engineering scientist

Environmental chemical engineer

Environmental consultant

Environmental impact analyst

Environmental program manager

Food processing engineer

Food processing quality control technologist

Food technology engineer

Green energy specialist

Industrial waste treatment engineer

Instrumentation engineer

Manufacturing engineer

Process area engineer

Product engineer

Product regulatory specialist

Production engineer

Quality assurance officer

Quality control engineer

Research chemical engineer

Supply chain manager

Sustainable development consultant

Systems design engineer

Test automation engineer

Tissue engineer

Verification or Validation engineer

Waste reduction education program officer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC CHBE Undergraduate Club
Attend social events and lectures, join the peer mentorship program, and participate in the third year field trip.

UBC Envision, UBC American Institute of Chemical Engineers Student Chapter
Apply your knowledge and work on a real-world project from energy research to beer brewing.

Internationally Genetically Engineered Machine Competition
Join a multidisciplinary team to address unique challenges in your local community using synthetic biology.

CHBE Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series
Learn about innovation and advancement in the field from various scholars from around the globe.

UBC WasteNauts
Apply your technical skills to design and build products and automation systems from campus waste products.

Get involved in the design of biomolecular nanotechnology and compete against teams worldwide.

UBC Biomedical Engineering Student Team
Build feasible devices that have the potential to benefit the medical community while developing your technical skills.

Student Biotechnology Network
Explore your interests in the field of biotechnology, meet peers who share your interests, and network with employers.

BC Food Web
Access food systems research, webinars, decision tools, reports, guides, and other resources.

Innovation OnBoard
Learn about the world of entrepreneurship and join a competition team to develop your entrepreneurial skills.

Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Learn about the biomedical field from guest speakers or participate in a lab, hospital, or industry facility tour.

Creative Destruction Lab Health Stream
Get the resources and mentorship support you need to take your health innovation idea to the next level.

UBC Farm Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
Check out opportunities related to sustainable food systems at UBC Farm.

UBC Life Sciences Institute
Discover research opportunities, events, programs, and student competitions in life sciences.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

UBC Engineering Co-op
Gain work experience in chemical and biological engineering between study terms.

Engineering World Health
Apply your engineering skills to improve healthcare services in developing countries.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers Pacific Northwest Student Regional Conference
Compete in the ChemE Jeopardy competition, or the paper or poster competition at the conference held in Term 2.

Engineering job board
Check out engineering employment opportunities.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

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