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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

Within a few years of graduation, our students are expected to:

1a.  Achieve positions of leadership* within industry and related sectors by applying their knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the professional practice of Chemical Engineering and allied professions after graduation; or

1b.  Enter and excel in research positions in post-graduation careers following graduate or professional school; and

2.    Provide leadership* in the professional field through a knowledge of the needs, trends, and directions of contemporary and emerging technologies.

Leadership is defined broadly and includes producing useful change by developing and communicating a vision, convincing people to buy in, and empowering others. Leadership may be technical, project oriented, community / outreach oriented or organizational in nature.



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 7 ABET outcomes for our mission and objectives and are therefore directly related.

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Enrollment and Graduation

  • 237 students were enrolled in the Chemical Engineering B.S. degree program in 2019
  • 96 students graduated with B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering in the 2018-19 academic year

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