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Course Planning

As you plan your short- and long-term schedules, be aware that some courses are offered every semester, while others are only offered in certain semesters. Below is a guide to help you know when courses are typically offered. You should consult with your CPB advisor when planning your courses, for more up-to-date information about course availability. For non-CPB courses, consult with the department offering the course.

Courses typically offered every semester:

  • CPB 102 – Intro to Chemical and Bioengineering
  • CPB 204 – Mass and Energy Balances I
  • CPB 205 – Mass and Energy Balances II
  • CPB 219 – Statics and Mechanics of Materials
  • CPB 314 – Engineering Thermodynamics
  • CPB 318 – Transport Phenomenon I
  • CPB 324 – Chemical and Bio-Engineering, Computation, and Statistics
  • CPB 341 – Engineering Economics
  • CPB 414/514 – Mass Transfer and Unit Operations
  • CPB 471 – Engineering Design I
  • CPB 472 – Engineering Design II
  • CPB 482/582 – Process Control (Through Spring, 2024. After that, this class will only be offered in the fall semester)
  • CPB 600 – Graduate Seminar

Courses typically offered only in the fall:

  • CPB 201 – Principles of Paper Science and Engineering
  • CPB 402/502 – Introduction to Clinical Engineering
  • CPB 404 – Papermaking
  • CPB 412/512 – Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • CPB 417/517 – Biomedical Engineering
  • CPB 421 – Bioethics
  • CPB 423/523 – Biomechanics
  • CPB 451/551 – Unit Operations Laboratory 
  • CPB 483/583 – Chemical Process Safety
  • CPB 611 – Transport Phenomena in Engineering

Courses typically offered only in the spring:

  • CPB 202 – Pulp and Paper Physics
  • CPB 244 – Intro to Environmental Engineering
  • CPB 301 – Pulp and Paper Chemistry
  • CPB 311 – Transport Laboratory
  • CPB 415/515 – Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design
  • CPB 416/516 – Biochemical Engineering
  • CPB 419/519 – Biomaterials
  • CPB 426/526 – Tissue Engineering
  • CPB 428/528 – Engineering Principles in Medical Device Design
  • CPB 452/552 – Introduction to FDA Regulations and Medical Device Laws
  • CPB 473/573 – Chemical Process Design
  • CPB 490/590 – Special Topics in Paper and Chemical Engineering
  • CPB 612 – Engineering Analysis

Courses offered typically in the winter:

  • CPB 314 – Engineering Thermodynamics
  • CPB 341 – Engineering Economics
  • CPB 445/545 – Hospital Rotation

Courses offered typically in the summer:

  • CPB 314 – Engineering Thermodynamics
  • CPB 341 – Engineering Economics

Courses offered less frequently

Environmental Engineering Courses:

  • CPB 405 – Industrial Environmental Control (Fall semester - even years)
  • CPB 441 – Pollution Control in Environmental Management (Fall semester - odd years)
  • CPB 442 – Air Pollution Control (Spring Semester - odd years)

Biomedical Elective Courses:

  • CPB 424 – Musculoskeletal Biomechanics (Fall semester - even years)
Clinical Engineering and Regulatory Affairs Courses:
  • CPB 435/535 – Clinical Engineering Laboratory (Fall semester – even years)
  • CPB 448/558 – Hospital Instrumentation (Spring Semester – even years)
  • CPB 453/553 – Medical Device Development and Regulatory Consideration (Fall semester – even years)
  • CPB 614 – Clinical Trials and Data Analysis (every third semester – anticipated offerings in Fall, 2024; Spring, 2026; Fall, 2027)
  • CPB 622 – Engineering of Clinical Devices (every third semester – anticipated offerings in Spring, 2024; Fall, 2025, Spring, 2027)

CPB Additional Resources

Force-Add Requests

Force-add requests for CPB courses must be submitted using the Registration Override Request (ROR) application. To submit a request:

  1. Use the courses of instruction section of the Miami Bulletin to make sure you have met the pre/co-requisite requirements for the course. If not, see Note 1 below.
  2. Make sure your request(s) will not have the potential to create a time conflict in your schedule (see Note 2 below).
  3. Log in to the Miami course list
  4. Once you find the CPB course, click "submit registration override request".
  5. Follow the instructions and submit the request.

Note 1: If you want to take an CPB course but have not met all of the pre/co-requisite requirements, you must request permission by submitting a petition to the CPB Department. If you have questions about the petition process, see your academic advisor. Without an approved petition, you might still end up being added to the course by the ROR application, but then you may be removed from the course at a later time (possibly after the course has started) when it may be difficult or impossible to find a replacement course.

Note 2: It is your responsibility to submit requests that do not create time conflicts in your schedule. The ROR application does not guarantee that. If fulfilling one or more of your ROR requests results in a time conflict, it is your responsibility to take action to resolve it. Otherwise, you may be removed from one or more courses later (possibly after the course has started), and by then it may be difficult or impossible to find a replacement course.

If you have questions about this procedure, please contact the CPB admin at

Petition Process

Students wishing to seek an exception to the requirements for their major course of study are required to prepare and submit a petition for review and possible approval. Exceptions include taking courses at other universities for the purpose of substitution for required CPB courses. Students are encouraged to obtain approval for substitution of transfer courses prior to enrolling in the course to be transferred. Visit to verify if courses will transfer.

Students are responsible for initiating petitions. Petitions should be prepared in consultation with the academic advisor. Petition forms are available in the department office. They must be properly completed, have all supporting materials attached, and be signed by the student’s advisor. Petitions are submitted to the department administrative assistant. The administrative assistant logs the petition and then passes it on to the Petition Committee chair. The Petition Committee meets in a timely fashion and rules on each petition received. The student and faculty are notified of decisions in writing by email. Questions should be directed to the student’s advisor, the petition committee chair, or the department chair.

Academic Integrity/Academic Dishonesty

Students should be knowledgeable concerning the rules, definitions, and procedures governing academic integrity/academic dishonesty. See Miami University Student Handbook section 1.5 for information regarding Miami’s Academic Integrity policy and procedure.

Student Academic Grievance Procedures

The student grievance procedure is in accordance with MUPIM Section 5.5 and Section 1.7 of the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Handbooks:
The departmental grievance procedure is as follows:

  • The student submits a written, dated, and signed complaint to the department chair
  • The chair convenes the department academic grievance committee. This committee consists of three faculty members, one of whom is designated as the chair.
  • The grievance committee will verify that full discussions among the student, instructor and department chair have been exhausted as a means of resolving the grievance, determine hearing procedures, and hold hearings to determine the facts.
  • Committee recommendations will be in accordance with those discussed in Section 1.7 of the respective student handbook.
  • The department chair receives recommendations from the committee and communicates them to the student and instructor.
  • The department chair maintains communication with the divisional grievance committee, and retains documents of the entire incident.

Department of Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering

Engineering Building 64
650 E. High Street
Oxford, OH 45056