Bachelor in Chemical and Biological Engineering

Education objectives

BQBE combines both a solid background in Chemical Engineering and Biological Engineering, giving it a differentiating and comprehensive character, allowing its graduates an easy integration in various sectors of industrial activity and services.

In addition to providing excellent preparation in the fundamental sciences, BQBE cross-integrated training in chemical and biological processes will be highly advantageous to meet the enormous challenges of the technological transition to a sustainable economy. The existence of an integrating project and the execution of short internships in industrial environment facilitate the integration into the labor market at the national and international level.

BQBE graduates can also complement their training by directly entering the master´s degree in BQBE[IC1]  or the like, at the national level or within the European Union.

Career opportunities

The transition to a sustainable economy motivates a growing industrial implementation of biotechnological processes. In this context, BEQB provides comprehensive training in the areas of Chemical Engineering and Biological Engineering, ensuring high employability in the most varied sectors:

  • Chemical and Biotechnology Industries (petrochemical and oil refining, natural gas processing, cement, cellulose and paper pulp, pharmaceutical and fine chemicals, food, and new materials).

  • Quality control.

  • Environment.

  • Public Services and Service Companies.

  • Engineering and Research Laboratories in Companies.

General characterization

DGES code



Bachelor (1st Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to 2nd cycle.


Isabel Maria Rola Coelhoso

Opening date





Portuguese students: 697 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year



Teaching language

Available soon

Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 3 years
180 ECTS

Scientific Area
Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Biology B 12 0
Chemistry Q 27 0
Biochemistry Bq 6 0
Social Sciences and Humanities CHS 3 0
Industrial Engineering EI 3 0
Chemical and Biological Engineering EQB 63  3
Mathematics M 12 0
Physics F 9 0
Informatics I 6 0
Materials Science CMt 6 0
Transferable Skills CC 3 0
Any Scientific Area QAC  0 6 (a)
TOTAL 171 9

(a) 6 ECTS in courses chosen by the student on a list approved annually by the Scientific Council of NOVA FCTwhich includes the unity of all scientific areas of NOVA FCT.

Conditions of admittance

Available soon

Evaluation rules

The evaluation of all UCs is continuous for all the components that integrate it, and it must be completed by the last day of the school term of the academic semester.

The continuous evaluation of a UC must include a minimum of two elements in the set of evaluation components, on dates adequately spaced throughout the period of classes.

All UCs with a theoretical-practical evaluation component must provide, in addition, a form of evaluation of this component by exam, to be carried out after the period of classes (Examination of Appeal).

All requirements and conditions related to the evaluation of the UC, namely the minimum weights and classifications, if any, of each component, as well as the Frequency conditions, are defined a priori and, mandatorily, published in the Discipline Form.

For each UC, combinations of three evaluation components are allowed: (i) Theoretical-practical evaluation; (ii) Laboratory or project evaluation; (iii) Summative assessment.

Regulamento de Avaliação de Conhecimentos (Licenciaturas, Mestrados Integrados e Mestrados.)


1.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
11505 Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry 6.0
11504 Mathematical Analysis I 6.0
10352 Soft Skills for Science and Technology 3.0
10690 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 6.0
3690 General Organic Chemistry 6.0
12600 Chemical Structure and Bonding A 3.0
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10347 Mathematical Analysis II C 6.0
7321 General Biochemistry B 6.0
12118 Physics I Q 6.0
11146 Informatics for Science and Engineering B 6.0
12586 Introduction to Chemical and Biological Engineering 6.0
3.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
5004 Mathematical Analysis III C 6.0
12588 Molecular and Cellular Biology 6.0
7289 Transport Phenomena I 6.0
12589 Analytical Methods 6.0
12587 Chemical and Biological Engineering Thermodynamics 6.0
4.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10678 Transport Phenomena II 6.0
12591 Physics II Q 3.0
12592 Introduction to Molecular Genetics 6.0
10363 Introduction to Probability, Statistics and Operations Research 6.0
12590 Physical Chemistry A 6.0
12512 Society, Sustainability and Digital Transformation 3.0
5.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12595 Numerical Analysis A 3.0
12593 Materials Science A 6.0
12594 Bioreaction Engineering 6.0
12596 Chemical Reaction Engineering I 6.0
10681 Solid-Fluid Operations 6.0
5.º Semester - Opção PIIC/PIPP
Code Name ECTS
11051 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program 3.0
10691 Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program 3.0
O aluno deverá obter 3.0 créditos nesta opção.
6.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12598 Chemical Reaction Engineering II 6.0
12561 Engineering Economics 3.0
12599 Separation Processes 6.0
12597 Practical Chemical and Biological Engineering Integration Project 9.0