Chemical & Life Science Engineering

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Department of Chemical & Life Science Engineering

Chemical and life science engineering is a diverse engineering field involved in the development of chemicals, biochemical and biologics in a variety of applications including polymers, nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals, clean fuels, environmental protection and medicine.

Researchers and students in the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering apply their talents to projects in a variety of areas including departmental focal areas of pharmaceutical engineering, stem cell engineering, nanotechnology and materials science.

Independent and interdisciplinary efforts within the department take place across different academic units and shared facilities. State-of-the-art facilities such as the Nanomaterials Characterization Center, the Center for High Performance Computing, the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity and the Massey Cancer Center provide modern equipment and technical expertise. Our collaborative ties with faculty in life sciences, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and forensics have led to multidisciplinary research projects.

CHEMICAL & LIFE SCIENCE ENGINEERING

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Undergraduate Students

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Graduate Students

Create solutions for the grand technological challenges facing the 21st century. VCU’s Department of Chemical & Life Science Engineering (CLSE) is developing chemicals, biochemicals, and biologics for applications including polymers, clean fuels, nanomaterials and medicine. As a CLSE major, you’ll enter a rigorous program where you will work alongside researchers whose specialties include pharmaceutical engineering, stem cell engineering, nanotechnology and materials science. Our strong ties with VCU researchers in life sciences, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and forensics mean opportunities for learning across disciplines. Job opportunities include pharmaceutical engineer, petroleum engineer, filament engineer and base chemical manufacturer.

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