Chemical or Biomedical Engineering

A brief comparision of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering degree in terms of scope of work, curriculum topics, skills, specialisations, career prospects etc., offered by both the disciplines.

scope of study

Chemical Chemical engineering involves understanding the use of chemicals involved in medicines, fuels, food, water, raw materials, electronics, clothing etc.,
Biomedical Biomedical engineering involves applying the concepts of biology, physics and chemistry to develop medical products and devices.

scope of work involved

  • Design equipment and processes for large-scale manufacturing units.
  • Using efficient methods involved in manufacturing process
  • Improving use of energy and resources for better production and cost control
  • Water treatment and disposal research and development
  • Design and development of various medical equipment
  • Handling sophisticated equipment for special needs
  • Quality control, testing, installations, maintenance, sales and
  • Marketing of medical equipment
  • Research and development of new products and systems

type of industry one works

  • Chemical
  • Biotechnological institutes
  • Electronic
  • Food
  • Medical and pharmaceutical
  • Mining and metal
  • Oil and petrochemical
  • Wine making
  • Research organisation
  • Medical and pharmaceutical
  • Surgical instruments and artificial organs designing and Manufacturing industry
  • Medical labs and research organisations
  • Government agencies for testing, safety and standards
  • Dental and cosmetics implants manufacturing industry educational institutes

specific skills / attributes

Chemical Good logical and mental capability to grasp complex technical concepts.
Biomedical A creative mind coupled with good logical and mental capability, problem solving skills and ability to grasp new concepts.

curriculum topics / field of study

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Maths and statistics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Measurement and controls
  • Chemical process and plant design etc.,
  • Physiology
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Computer applications in biomedical engineering
  • Biological system analysis
  • Mathematical methods in biomedical engineering
  • Image processing
  • Radiation

core subject strength one should possess

Chemical Chemistry, Physics and Maths.
Biomedical Biology and Maths

Course & Eligibility

Chemical Diploma in Chemical Engineering
Eligibility – Pass in X with good marks in Science & Maths subjects
Bachelor’s Degree (B.Tech / B.E)
Eligibility – Pass in XII with Science / Diploma in Chemical Engineering
Biomedical Diploma in Biomedical Engineering
Eligibility – Pass in X with good marks in Science.
Bachelor’s Degree (B.Tech / B.E)
Eligibility – Pass in XII with Science / Diploma in Biomedical EngineeringThe entrance exams for various institutes are listed here (click)
Compare a Degree vs Diploma Programme here (click)


career prospects

Chemical Research and development will never cease to exist and chemical engineers work revolves around it, the demand for chemical engineers, with time, would only increase.With the development of new chemicals for manufacture of consumer goods like plastics, synthetic fibres etc., job opportunities for chemical engineers in these industries have increased manifold.The new field of bioengineering are employing more and more chemical engineers to understand and work on the critical chemical process in body.You would have a diverse career opportunity and range of jobs from which you can choose.Job prospects: Medium – Compared to Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical With people becoming more and more health conscious, demand for better medical devices are increasing.This rise in demand has forced industries to hire qualified engineers to research and develop sophisticated, cost-effective medical equipments.The starting salaries are pretty much higher for biomedical engineers compared to other engineering graduates. However, it depends on your institutional background, grades obtained and the work experience you have gained during your studies.Job Propsects: High, compared to Chemical Engineering

specialisations available / related fields one can choose for higher studies

Chemical Check out Wikipedia for detailed info on Chemical Engineering & specialisations under it – HERE
Biomedical Check out Wikipedia for detailed info on Biomedical Engineering & specialisations under it – HERE



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