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Accreditation: Chemical Engineering

ChE Program Mission Statement

The Chemical Engineering Department’s mission is to provide a high-quality program of teaching, research, and public service for educating chemical engineers to lead the chemical and allied industries.


The Bachelor of Science degree program in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

ChE Program Educational Objectives

Consistent with the missions of the University, the College of Engineering, and the Department, the Chemical Engineering Department’s educational objectives are

  • to prepare BS graduates for careers in the professional practice of chemical engineering and allied professions,
  • to prepare qualified students interested in further study for graduate and professional schools, and
  • to maintain and develop a faculty with active, high-quality research programs linked to the undergraduate curriculum for its continued improvement.

ChE Student Outcomes

Based on the Program Educational Objectives described above, the faculty established the Student Outcomes listed below.  These were developed by specializing the 11 ABET outcomes for our mission and objectives and are therefore directly related.

  1. Technical Knowledge: an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and science, particularly chemistry, as well as chemical engineering
  2. Experiments: an ability to design and conduct experiments, relevant to the study of chemistry and chemical engineering as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. Design: an ability to synthesize and design process systems, including their component unit operations, and to optimize process systems and alternatives to meet desired needs
  4. Teams: an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. Problem Solving: an ability to identify, formulate and solve chemical engineering problems
  6. Professional & Ethical: an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. Communication: an ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  8. Global/Societal Impact: the broad education necessary to understand the impact of chemical engineering systems in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. Life-Long Learning: recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning, particularly through an appreciation of recent research and its impact in chemical engineering
  10. Contemporary Issues: knowledge of contemporary issues relevant to chemical engineering, achieved particularly through exposure to emerging areas and current research
  11. Applications: an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern science and engineering tools necessary for chemical engineering practice

Enrollment and Graduation

  • 241 students were enrolled in the Chemical Engineering B.S. degree program in 2013
  • 80 students graduated with B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering in the 2012-13 academic year

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