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Course Descriptions

A comprehensive education in modern biology and engineering

Our interdisplinary curriculum integrates a core education in bioprocess engineering theory and laboratory practice with research projects and practioner-led seminars. All MBP students are required to successfully complete the core MBP courses. The six required courses (marked with an asterisk) may be substituted with electives if equivalent courses were successfully completed during previous studies. Overloads are possible at no additional cost, but their numbers will be decided on a case-by-case basis depending on students’ needs and performance.


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Engineering Courses

Balances and Kinetics for Bioprocessing*

Fluids and Mass Transfer for Bioprocessing*

Kinetics, Energetics and Bioreactor Design

Properties and Separation of Biologically
Produced Molecules

Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory


Biology Courses

Biotechnology Laboratory


Cell Biology*

Molecular Biology*


Technological Commercialization

   Technology Commercialization Fundamentals

  Technology Commercialization Practicum

Topics in Professional Development in Biotechnology

Critical Thinking and Communication




      *Required may be substituted with electives if equivalent courses were successfully completed during        previous studies.



Students select from more than 70 electives in the fields of biological sciences, biomedical engineering, chemical and biological engineering, genetics, genomics, material sciences, regulatory affairs, statistics, tissue engineering, and 20+ electives offered by the Kellogg School of Management. View some of the electives offered at Northwestern University. Students may take elective courses other than those on the list with consent from the MBP faculty.



MBP students complete at least 1000 hours in a single Northwestern University faculty laboratory--selecting from more than 80 faculty preceptors--planning and executing experiments, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions.


Students select a research project in life sciences, biological engineering, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, biomaterial sciences, or clinical research after attending research presentations by faculty preceptors and one-on-one meetings with research preceptors. Students are evaluated via quarterly written progress reports and peer-reviewed oral presentations similar to those conducted in industry. A final report modeled after a technical journal article is presented in lieu of a thesis.



For students with ambitions to further specialize their degrees, the MBP offers two certificate options for those enrolled in the MS in Biotechnology: Sustainability and Global Health Biotechnologies (SGHB) and Nanobiotechnology. Additionally, MBP students may pursue a minor in Engineering Management to compliment their technical sklls.


No additional tuition is charged for these certificates.