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Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering Department


Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering involve the development of biological processes to create or enhance existing products for consumer use and finding solutions to multidisciplinary problems.

Degree Information

Associate in Science – General (AST2)

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Izad Khormaee
Engineering Advisor

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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 and 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 with 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. 

Career Opportunities 

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 Associate in Science Transfer degree (AST2) designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree program in Bioengineering or Chemical Engineering. The statistics listed are estimates based on a bachelor’s degree and above.