NUS Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum

Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering is Asia’s Top Chemical Engineering Department and in the Top 10 in the World. As one of the largest chemical engineering departments in the world and the oldest chemical engineering department in Singapore, we enjoy the luxury of being strong in both classical domains and emerging areas in chemical and biomolecular engineering. We have more than 5000 alumni, with some in top-level positions in industry and government.

The four-year B.Eng. (Chemical Engineering) programme at NUS educates budding engineers to design, develop, and operate chemical processes by which chemicals, petroleum products, food, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods can be produced economically and safely with minimal environmental impact. In addition, Chemical Engineering students acquire the necessary background and skills to design and develop functional products that benefit society in many ways. Chemical processes involve reactions, heat transfer, separations and biological phenomena to produce useful and valuable products. Accordingly, they study changes in the composition, energy content and/or state of aggregation of materials taking into consideration the nature of matter and its properties (chemistry), the forces that act on matter (physics), similar aspects of biological materials (biology), and the relationships between them (mathematics). Chemical engineering differs from chemistry and applied chemistry programmes, with its emphasis on industrial applications of chemical reactions, separations and techniques for designing and operating economical, safe and environmentally benign processes.


Unlimited Opportunities @ NUS

  • Minor Programmes: Technopreneurship, Management, Management of Technology, Mathematics, Economics, Life Sciences, Bioengineering, and many more.
  • Enhancement Programmes: Industrial Attachment Programme, Innovation Programme, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme etc.
  • Special Programmes: University Scholars Programme, NUS Overseas Colleges, Student Exchange Programmes (SEP) with many US, European and Asian universities.
  • Double Degree Programmes: Engineering and Business Administration, Engineering and Economics, and French Grandes Écoles,
  • Double Major: Pursue a second major alongside the primary major (i.e., chemical engineering programme).



Discipline-specific Modules:

CN1111 Chemical Engineering Principles CN3124 Fluid-Solid Systems
CN2108 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I CN3121 Process Dynamics and Control
CN2116 Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design CN3132 Separation Processes
CN2121 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics CN3421 Process Modelling and Numerical Simulation
CN2122 Fluid Mechanics CN3135 Process Safety, Health & Environment
CN2125 Heat and Mass Transfer CN4122 Process Synthesis and Simulation
CN3108 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II CN4123R Final Year Design Project
CN3109 Chemical Engineering Laboratory III




Biomolecular Engineering
Module Code Module Title
CN4233R Good Manufacturing Practices in Pharmaceutical Industry
CN4241R Engineering Principles for Drug Delivery
CN4246R Chemical and Bio-Catalysis
CN4247R Enzyme Technology
CN4249 Engineering Design in Molecular Biotechnology
CN5172 Biochemical Engineering
CN5173 Downstream Processing of Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Products


Microelectronics Processing
Module Code Module Title
BN4404 Bioelectromechanicals systems – BioMEMs
CN4216R Electronics Materials Science
CN4217R Processing of Microelectronic Materials
CN4223R Microelectronic Thin Films


Process Engineering
Module Code Module Title
CN4205R Pinch Analysis and Process Integration
CN4227R Advanced Process Control
CN4238R Chemical & Biochemical Process Modelling
CN4245R Data Based Process Characterisation
CN4248 Sustainable Process Development
CN4250 Chemical Product Design
CN5111 Optimisation of Chemical Processes
CN5181 Computer Aided Chemical Engineering
CN5185 Batch Process Engineering
CN5186 Design and Operation of Process Networks
CN5191 Project Engineering
ESP4402 Transport Phenomena in Energy Systems


Process Technology
Module Code Module Title
CN4201R Petroleum Refining
CN4203R Polymer Engineering
CN4211R Petrochemicals and Processing Technologies
CN4215R Food Technology and Engineering
CN4240R Unit Operations and Processes for Effluent Treatment
CN5251 Membrane Science and Engineering


Module Code Module Title
CN4291 Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering
CN5222 Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals



The above information was taken from our Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department Website which you visit to find out more here.


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