Each description I find for "Chemical Engineering" study and career starts with "Masters Degree". Is there now - or was there in mid 20th century - a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering? Just a curiosity question.
Also, does the study of Chemical Engineering involve studies of various forms of life and how they interact with each other?
I am reading the story of Carl Woese's discovery of a "new" life form while studying methanogens. Not new chronologically but new to Woese and his lab assistants. These methanogens should have been - he thought - bacteria but they weren't. The way he describes them, they sound like viruses but there is no mention of them being viruses - at least not yet. Rather a scary description and I hope the author is exaggerating about the "horrors" (my word) that they wreak upon humans and other animals as well as plants.
The reason for my first question is in no way related to the story I am reading. I had a relative who had a B. S. in Chemical Engineering. Google roused my curiosity in finding only Masters degrees. But the two facts have a half-century span between them. Chemical Engineering can go in many different directions. Maybe some start at the bachelor's level? Maybe a good foundation for medical school?
The reason for my second question is the book I am reading. One of Carl Woese's assistants had a degree in Chemical Engineering.
The book: "The Tangled Tree" by David Quammen". It is described as "A radical new history of life". It's goal is to learn what various life forms have in common and how they affect each other. Yes, I caught the word "radical", no doubt meaning the author has some new ideas that may or may not prove true. He finally got my full attention when he got to the methanogens. Carl Woese had thought of them as bacteria. Before he was through he was declaring "but they are not bacteria". Viruses, maybe? I must read on.
Maybe this should be in the Books section. If so, how do I move it? Thanks.