Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering
Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering involves the development of biological processes to create or enhance existing products for consumer use and finding solutions to multidisciplinary problems.
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Tackling Biological Issues with Engineering Methods
Chemical Engineers are at the forefront of sustainable practices and are involved in a variety of work that includes confronting toxic waste spills to the development of biofuels. Bioengineers, on the other hand, are focused on advancing human health and promoting environmental sustainability.
Clark's program provides hands-on learning on equipment used in real-world situations. Instructors maintain close ties with learning institutions to ensure students take only courses necessary to become junior-ready upon transfer.
In addition to Washington four-year universities, Clark College engineering students can explore transfer options to the University of Portland, and Oregon State University. Our students also transfer to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, Purdue University, and Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.
For students exploring an academic path in engineering, review our entry guide. This flowchart showcases Clark’s introductory courses in engineering and computer science.
Employment opportunities for Bioengineers and Chemical engineers vary depending on industry and exist in a variety of formats: chemical equipment operator, engineering technician, agricultural inspector, and environmental engineer.
According to The U.S Department of Labor, employment projections forecast Biochemical Engineering jobs with a median wage in Portland-Vancouver metro estimated at $45.66 per hour. Jobs for Chemical Engineers have an estimated median wage of $44.06 in the Portland-Vancouver metro area.
Clark’s program offers an Associates in Science Transfer degree (AST2) designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor degree program in Bioengineering or Chemical Engineering. The statistics listed are estimates based on a Bachelor’s degree and above.
Students should complete the entirety of any science sequence at the same school for best transferability. These degrees are not DTA degrees, and there are some general education requirements that students will need to finish upon transfer.
Though this degree does not require such, Clark College students should know that the standard Clark AST degree path has this difference from the Major Related Program (MRP) defined below:
•Clark requires 3 credits of Health-Physical Education coursework.
Students must also meet the residency requirements as established by Clark. While Clark College has approved offering the degree below, Clark students should keep these requirements in mind should their transfer pathways change.
Students completing this Associate of Science will receive the same priority consideration for admission to the baccalaureate institution as they would for completing the direct transfer associate degree and will be given junior status by the receiving institution.
It is critical that you work with an Engineering faculty advisor to ensure your program will give you the maximum benefit when you transfer.
Differential Equations – 5 credits
Clark College Equivalents:
MRP Requirements: Engineering Physics I, II, III + labs – 15 to 18 credits
Clark College Equivalents:
Organic Chemistry I + lab – 4-6 credits
Organic Chemistry II + lab OR Biology for Science Majors + lab
For Engineering disciplines, these credits should include a design component consistent with ABET accreditation standards, as approved by the advisor.
MRP Requirements: Engineering (14-15 credits)
Select 3 electives as appropriate for intended major and intended baccalaureate institution:
•Computer Programming – 4-5 credits
•Calculus IV (Advanced or Multi-variable Calculus)
•Chemical Process, Principles and Calculations
•Biology for Science Majors I + labs
•Biology for Science Majors II + labs
•Organic Chemistry 2 + labs
Clark College equivalents: Required at Clark: MATH&254 (5 cr.) – Calculus IV Other electives as advised dependent on transfer institution.
- Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
- Analyze and solve multi-step problems using techniques through single-variable calculus.
- Apply scientific and technological knowledge and methodologies to creatively solve technological or scientific problems.
- Demonstrate understanding of the derivative as an instantaneous rate of change and the definite integral as a limit of a sum.
- Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to analyze technological or scientific problems.
- Acquire scientific and technological information from appropriate sources to examine issues, claims or situations.
- Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
- Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
- Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
- Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
- Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills.(GE)
- Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically. (GE)
- Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
- Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
- Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)