CBEMS 112 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering (2016-2017)

CBEMS 112 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for ChE.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 112 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering (Credit Units: 3) Application of engineering principles to biochemical processes. Topics include microbial pathways, energetics and control systems, enzyme and microbial kinetics and the design and analysis of biological reactors. Prerequisite: Chemistry 1C, Mathematics 3D; and CBEMS110 . Chemical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0130819086.

Recommended Textbook:


Nancy A. Da Silva
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Understand general concepts in microbiology, biochemistry, and recombinant DNA technology.

2. Analyze metabolic stoichiometry, energetics, and regulation in the cell. ChE-1

3. Analyze enzyme kinetics and the kinetics of growth and product formation. ChE-2

4. Design and analyze bioreactors (batch, CSTR, fedbatch).

5. Understand various operations for the separation and recovery of biological products. ChE-1

Prerequisites by Topic

Chemical engineering thermodynamics, Mass and energy balances, Reaction kinetics and reactor design, Chemistry, Differential equations.

Lecture Topics:
  • Microbiology and Biochemistry Topics
  • Enzyme Kinetics, Immobilized Enzymes
  • Metabolic Stoichiometry and Energetics
  • Regulation, rDNA Technology
  • Kinetics of Growth, Substrate Utilization, and Product Formation
  • Bioreactor Design
  • Oxygen Transfer
  • Product Recovery Operations
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

This course is designed to contribute to the students’ knowledge of engineering topics. The following considerations are included in this course: economic, environmental, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability.

Design Content Description

Multiple lectures on bioreactor design with relevant homework problems.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 20%
  • Midterm exam: 40%
  • Final exam: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
March 19, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr