Undergraduate Degree Program

In the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins, you will have unparalleled opportunities to work closely with renowned engineers and scientists from the Homewood campus, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Institute for NanoBioTechnology, and the Applied Physics Lab on research and design projects that allow you the chance to become a pioneer in fields ranging from drug delivery and nanotechnology to alternative energy and cancer research.

Our curriculum is designed to be completed in 4 years. Students who plan carefully and/or use advanced placement credits also have the flexibility to pursue double majors or minors, study abroad and tailor their course of study to their interests and needs.

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Freshmen Orientation Video – Fall 2020

One Program, Endless Opportunities

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, students must excel in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. We help students develop this expertise through the rigorous curriculum outlined below, with the option of selecting a track to further tailor their education to their interests.


Undergraduate Advising Manual

The manual below is an invaluable resource guide for both current and prospective students. It contains pertinent information including: course schedules, course descriptions, contact information, policies, and more. It is updated annually.

Undergraduate Advising Manual – Students Entering 2021

Undergraduate Advising Manual – Students Entering 2020

Undergraduate Advising Manual – Students Entering 2019

Undergraduate Advising Manual – Students Entering 2018


Class Meeting Information

Freshmen Class Meeting Slideshow – Spring 2022

ChemBE Class Meeting (Open Session) Recording – Spring 2022


Track examples and Degree Checklists

These ChemBE-specific degree checklists are a tool for both students and their advisers to verify every student has fulfilled all necessary degree requirements for graduation. When you meet with your faculty advisor, bring an updated copy of this checklist with you! The ‘General Checklist’ is for students who are not pursuing a track.

Curriculum Examples and Degree Progress Checklists for students entering fall 2021:

Required Courses for the ChemBE Undergraduate Degree Fall 2021

Example Program entering Fall 2021

General Checklist entering 2021

IN Checklist entering 2021

MCB Checklist entering 2021

Requirement Waiver and Exception Forms

Substitution/Exception/Waiver Form

  • The procedure for obtaining an exception to any ChemBE requirement is to first meet with your faculty advisor. If your advisor agrees that an exception should be made, you will send an email to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, your faculty advisor, and the Academic Program Coordinator. In this email you should fully and in detail explain a) the exception you are requesting, b) your reasoning for why this exception is warranted, and c) that you have met with your advisor and/or course instructor about this exception and that they are in agreement. The Director of Undergraduate Studies will then evaluate your request and reply to your email to either approve the request or explain why the request cannot be approved. If approved, the Academic Program Coordinator will update your student file in the Degree Audit System to reflect this exception and respond via email to verify this change has been processed.

Research Credits Outside of WSE

Students doing research outside of WSE (medical school, Krieger school, etc.) maybe allowed to use their research credits as engineering elective credits. Fill out this form in your junior year to apply for these credits.


Program Leadership

Lilian Josephson – Director of Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Academic Coordinator

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