Declaring in CBE

Professor Datta works with a small group of high school seniors in his lab

Deciding on a concentration is one of the most important decisions an undergraduate makes. That's why we make every effort to provide transparent information about the expectations, curriculum and culture of the department.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all advising for first-year students will be held remotely. In lieu of our normal Open House, we asked a few juniors questions about how they came to decide on CBE, what they think first-year students should know, and how they plan to use their education in the future. Those videos are below.

For a step-by-step guide to declaring a concentration in CBE, see the Steps to Declare at the bottom of this page.

At any time, students can call or email Julie Sefa, undergraduate administrator, with questions large or small. For academic consultations, students should contact the appropriate adviser listed below. We are available to help guide you to make an informed, confident decision about your future.

Detailed steps to declare a concentration in chemical and biological engineering are below. First, we recommend students familiarize themselves with the contents of this website.

  • The Undergraduate main page gives a brief overview by the numbers.
  • The Path to Graduation page provides details about the curriculum.
  • The Undergraduate Research page lays out the many opportunities students have for independent work, including stories about senior theses.
  • The Student Life page gives a slice of life beyond the academics.


Nathan Alam '21

Bioengineering & Biotechnology track

Nathan discusses what attracted him to CBE and how he arrived at that decision, as well as some helpful tips to first-year students on the fence about their major.


MaryKate Neff

Entrepreneurship & Management track

MaryKate discusses strategies for navigating engineering coursework, succeeding in CBE, and balancing academics with an athletic career.


Dominique Wudunn & Saira Reyes

Materials & Product Engineering track/Bioengineering & Biotechnology track

Dominique and Saira discuss finding friendship in CBE, the collaborative spirit of the department, and some of the nitty gritty of Core Lab.

Steps to Declare

1.  Late March

Pre-Concentration Form
Complete the Pre-Concentration Advising Form on the TigerHub website. Click on the Academic Planning Form (APF) to access the Pre-Concentration Advising Form.

2.  Early April

Course Offerings
View the Fall 2020 chemical and biological engineering courses on the Registrar’s Course Offerings site.

3.  Mid April

Advising Period
This is your academic advising period. Once you complete your Pre-Concentration Advising Form, find the appropriate adviser based on the first letter of your last name. Email your adviser with academic questions or to schedule an appointment.

Class of 2024 advisers will be announced in the spring semester. Until then, if you have any questions, reach out to the CBE Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Mark Brynildsen, or the CBE Undergraduate Administrator, Julie Gerek-Sefa.

4.  Late April

Select Courses
This is the time to select courses for the fall semester.

5.  Early May

Declare your Concentration. BSE first-year students indicate their concentration on TigerHub.

Welcome to Chemical and Biological Engineering!