A branch of chemical engineering, Biochemical Engineering serves primarily the biopharmaceutical industry, which is responsible for the manufacture of antibiotics, vaccines, antibodies and most recently, cell therapy products. Villanova’s minor in Biochemical Engineering will prepare graduates to make an immediate impact designing and optimizing biopharmaceutical processes and products.

With an average annual salary of $99,040, strong job growth rate, and Villanova’s proximity to more than 1,200 pharmaceutical companies in the Philadelphia region, a minor in this rapidly evolving field is an excellent choice!

For specific course requirements, electives and policy,
please view the Villanova University Undergraduate Catalog.


A sampling of courses offered for this minor

Elective Courses in Biochemical Engineering
  • Intro to Biotechnology
  • Bioseparations
  • Biomaterials
  • Bioengineering Lab Techniques
  • Biochemical Data Analysis
  • Cellular Engineering
Elective Courses in Science
  • General Biology I with Lab
  • Genetics
  • General Microbiology with Lab
  • Medical Microbiology with Lab
  • Cell Biology with Lab
  • Experimental Genetics with Lab
  • Molecular Biology with Lab
  • Organic Chemistry II with Lab
  • Bioanalytical Chemistry with Lab
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Biochemical Basis of Disease
  • Signal Transduction
  • Enzymes
  • Physiology for Engineers

NovaCell Grant Supports Improved CAR-T Therapy Manufacturing

NovaCell Grant Supports Improved CAR-T Therapy Manufacturing

Villanova’s Center for Cellular Engineering is dedicated to advancing adoptive immunotherapies like CAR-T-cells, which provide patient- specific treatment. With a grant from National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals, NovaCell is collaborating with Redbud Labs on the development of a micro-scale bioreactor and a transcriptome-driven mathematical model would allow for screening of CAR-T patients’ cells for enhanced growth prior to start of the clinical batch. This innovation could become a new standard that provides more efficient (cell therapy) manufacturing.

For more information, please contact Dr. William Kelly.


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