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Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Program

Skillful and creative applications of the principles of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, mathematics, and physics are needed to solve the problems now confronting society. Whether these problems involve energy, food, health, or environmental quality, the modern chemical engineer is the professional concerned with finding economically and socially acceptable solutions. The program prepares graduates for employment in a great variety of industries including the chemical, petroleum, biochemical, pharmaceutical, paper, environmental, fibers, plastics, food, electronics, and consumer product industries. Students may customize their academic program around an industry of their interest by judiciously selecting electives. For example, areas of concentration such as polymer, biotechnology, marketing, and environmental chemical engineering are common choices.

The educational objective of our undergraduate program is to produce chemical engineering graduates who, within five years of completing the BS degree, will be successful in a variety of professional careers, including those outside of traditional chemical engineering fields as evidenced by one or more of the following achievements.

  1. Sustaining a career as a problem solver in engineering or other fields that require analytical skills
  2. Professional advancement in positions of increasing leadership and/or responsibility within their chosen career field
  3. Attainment of an advanced degree or advanced certification leading to a career in engineering or science, business, law, medicine, or academia
  4. Bettering society through professional or personal service

The curriculum has been developed to meet the department goal and the objectives for the graduates. A minimum of 135 semester credits is required for a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. Competitive entry into this restricted degree program is managed by the Department of Engineering Education, and a GPA of at least 3.0 is recommended for transfer into the program at the sophomore level. An average GPA of at least 2.00 in all ChE courses attempted is required for continued enrollment in the department. The department has specific grade policies for continuation in the program and for graduation. For further information on these policies, please contact the department.

The chemical engineering curriculum integrates studies in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, control, verbal and written communications, and reaction kinetics, along with professional ethics and environmental awareness. Students gain hands-on experience with the equipment described in the courses during the summer Unit Operations Laboratory. The laboratory and the senior design courses are recognized as two of the high points in the undergraduate program. Throughout these studies, the student learns the elements of the design of chemical processes and chemical processing equipment. The experience culminates in participation in a national senior-level design contest. The computer is a necessary tool in all the courses and the same software used in industry is used in the design courses.

In addition to the basic undergraduate program outlined here, more sophisticated and specialized programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering also are offered. See the Graduate Program in Chemical Engineering.

The department participates in the Cooperative Education Program whereby qualified students may alternate periods of study with periods of professional employment. Students interested in entering the co-op program should meet with the co-op advisor in the ChE Department.

 

Enrollment and Graduation

The curriculum has been developed to meet the department goal and the objectives for the graduates. A minimum of 135 semester credits is required for a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. Competitive entry into this restricted degree program is managed by the Department of Engineering Education, and a GPA of at least 3.0 is recommended for transfer into the program at the sophomore level. An average GPA of at least 2.00 in all ChE courses attempted is required for continued enrollment in the department. The department has specific grade policies for continuation in the program and for graduation. For further information on these policies, please contact the department.

 
Enrollment and Graduation Statistics
Academic Year 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
Enrollment * 308 314 343 306 328 316 322
BS Degrees Conferred 105 79 103 96 107 92 94
* Enrollment census taken in fall semester and reflects seniors, juniors and those sophomore students who have completed all prerequisites for entry into ChE.

 

 


Additional information

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/. The department has adopted the Student Outcomes A-K listed under General Criteria 3 in the ABET document "Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs" for the assessment of our program. These outcomes cover the goals for students in our program and map closely with the mission of our department.

By the time of graduation each Chemical Engineering student will demonstrate:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, or component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for an, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

We assess these Student Outcomes continuously using a variety of mechanisms, including performance on examinations, major assignments, and a variety of surveys and other measurement instruments. Information obtained in these assessments is used in a short-term feedback loop for continuous improvement of the program.





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