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Biochemical engineers apply the principles of biology, chemistry, and engineering to produce useful commodities through biotechnology. Biochemical engineering includes such areas of interest as cell culture processes and separation processes for pharmaceutical production, food processing and biological waste treatment. As a biochemical engineering major at UC Davis, you'll learn to grow plant, animal, and microbial cells in bioreactors and to separate their products from solutions using the most up-to-date processes and equipment available. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in independent research projects under the supervision of some of the most highly regarded researchers in the nation.
Majors in Biochemical Engineering are ideally prepared to enter emerging industries in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields. Students learn how to grow both natural and genetically modified organisms in cell culture bioreactors and how to separate and purify the active products from those cell cultures. They also learn how to operate processes in compliance with the good manufacturing practices required by regulatory agencies. The products they produce promise to cure many of humankind's most serious health problems. Graduates are also well prepared to make contributions to food processing and environmental remediation.
As a biochemical engineering major, you will begin your study with an extensive series of foundation courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. At the upper division level, you will take advanced courses in specific topics in biochemical and chemical engineering. These courses will include subjects such as applied biology, applied chemistry, applied mathematics, food process engineering and computers and automation.
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