Many ChBE undergraduate students conduct research while at CU. This may be through:
Read more about these different opportunities below.
The department offers a Senior Thesis Option as part of its course work. Senior Thesis students work for two consecutive semesters at 2 credit hours per semester on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The Senior Thesis is listed as CHEN 4010 (first semester) and CHEN 4020 (second semester). Students complete a poster and oral presentation during CHEN 4010; they write a thesis report and give a final oral presentation in CHEN 4020.
In order to qualify for Senior Thesis, students must:
If you are interested in taking Senior Thesis, please do the following:
Questions? Contact the Senior Thesis Advisor.
Undergraduates may register for an independent study project under the supervision of one of our faculty (CHEN 2840, 3840, or 4840). As a general rule of thumb, a three-credit-hour project will require 9 hours of research work per week. The independent study course counts as a technical elective. These opportunities allow for individual contact with faculty and graduate students, and they provide a hands-on educational experience that cannot be obtained in the traditional classroom setting. Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities, especially if interested in graduate school or a career in scientific research.
Note that independent studies require:
The Independent Study Agreement and Application can be found under the "Forms" section of the College of Engineering and Applied Science Academic Advising website. Please download the form and type in your information (do not hand write).
Please see the Undergraduate Research webpage.
Are you interested in being a TA for a course?
The Earn-Learn Apprenticeship Program in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU-Boulder provides financial support for students while they work part-time within the college. Examples of available positions include providing lab or course support, tutoring, preparing educational materials, and participating in outreach activities with K-12 students.
Learn more at the college's Earn-Learn Program.
Carry out part of your studies in another country!
Study Abroad encourages ChBE students to consider this opportunity, given the international nature of most large chemical and engineering corporations and international cooperation in scientific and engineering research. Many faculty members have significant international experience.
Because of the more specialized courses later in the curriculum, we advise considering a semester abroad as early as possible.
If you are interested in studying abroad, please read more about the study abroad program discuss your options with the ChBE undergraduate advisor.
The concurrent BS/MS program in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering enables especially well-qualified students to work concurrently towards a BS in Chemical Engineering or Chemical and Biological Engineering and a MS degree in Chemical Engineering. Students are admitted into the program during the spring of their junior year and begin planning a graduate program. This program allows for early planning of the MS portion of the student’s education, taking graduate courses as part of their BS degree requirements. Up to six credit hours may be counted towards both the BS and MS degree programs.
Application for admission into the BS/MS program may be made at any time during or after the student enters his or her junior year. The application deadline for fall admission is February 1. The deadline for spring admission is October 1. The minimum requirements for the application to the BS/MS program are:
Applications will not be accepted that do not meet the minimum requirements for admission.
Once admitted to the program, the student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in all CHEN undergraduate and graduate courses to remain in good academic standing. Students must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours per semester for undergraduate standing and 5 credit hours per semester for graduate standing). Students may remain under undergraduate standing throughout the program, but can elect to be admitted into the graduate school once a student has completed the 128 credit hours of course work required for a BS degrees.
Overlapping of courses: A maximum of 6 credit hours of graduate work may be applied to the BS degree.
The College of Engineering and Applied Science has a website discussing the Engineering Honors Program. To learn more, visit the Engineering Honors Program's Main Page.
The University offers a variety of Academic Enrichment Programs.
EHP Program Assistant
Faculty Director, Engineering Honors Program