The objective of the program is to educate specialists in production-scale industrial processing of any substance. They are (bio)chemical and (bio)process engineers - well-trained in chemical and biochemical process equipment as well as the processes themselves, especially large-scale ones. They are able to design, automate, and control them regardless of how complex the installation is. They are also prepared to work in design offices.
During their studies, future engineers study chemistry, mechanics, automation, computer science, and biological processes that determine the final outcome of the applied biotechnologies. The knowledge and engineering competence are reinforced during lectures, laboratories, and projects. Initially, students are introduced to the fundamentals of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, prerequisites for further study of more advanced subjects in the field of biochemical and chemical engineering. The curriculum for the higher semesters includes such subjects as microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and metabolic engineering, bio-product engineering, food production technologies as well as computer science and automation. Industrial traineeship is also an important part of the degree program.
The "bioprocessing component" in the course of education makes the program suitable for individuals who, apart from their passion for engineering, also have a biologist and chemist in them all at once. Because students pursuing this degree program learn to apply their knowledge of biology, chemistry, and engineering to use biotechnological methods in manufacturing processes of various important products. This enables processes involving cells of living organisms and purification processes of their products, especially in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, food, and bio-refinery industries.
(Bio)chemical and (bio)process engineers work in the chemical industry and all related industries, i.e. pharmaceutical, food, mining, energy, and many others. Graduates with a degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering perform the roles of production engineers and technologists there.
Most of the new technologies related to the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, environmental, nanotechnological, biomedical, and innovative materials sectors are going to demand graduates from this field in order to grow. That is why this degree program is included in the elite group of fields of study considered strategic for the national economy.
Graduates are very well prepared to work in the food industry, in environmental protection, purification and processing of biomass as one of the renewable energy sources. As specialists in biochemical engineering, they are able to collaborate with biologists, biochemists, and chemists to transfer manufacturing technologies from the laboratory to large-scale industrial manufacturing.