The IME is at the forefront of engineering research and education, and as the institute continues to grow, there will be no better time to influence the future of the field. Our degree programs aim at providing unique educational experiences through innovative ways of discovering, disseminating and distributing knowledge. Our curriculum will provide our students broad exposures not only to various science and engineering disciplines but also in product design, entrepreneurship, and communication with flexibility to tailor individual student’s interests and inspirations.
We welcome students from every scientific and technological background—basic sciences, engineering, technology development, medical research, and more. Our students and postdocs work closely with our renowned and respected faculty to help find real-world applications for the cutting-edge research that takes place across IME, the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and our numerous global partners.
The Institute for Molecular Engineering recently began offering a new major and minor for undergraduates. It is the first engineering degree offered at the University of Chicago and offers a unique interdisciplinary approach to engineering at the molecular scale.
The BS degree program in Molecular Engineering offers undergraduates a cutting-edge engineering curriculum built on a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology. Courses are designed to develop quantitative reasoning and problem-solving skills; to introduce engineering analysis of physical, chemical, and biological systems; and to address open-ended technological questions across a spectrum of disciplines. The program will both prepare undergraduates for a wide variety of careers in technology-focused industries and position graduates for further postgraduate study in such fields as science, engineering, medicine, business, or law. The aim is to introduce invention and design, along with inquiry and discovery, as fruitful and complementary intellectual activities.