The Chemical Engineering Program


Chemical Engineering is unique in the engineering profession in that it requires a strong foundation in chemical principles, as well as in the physical and engineering sciences common to all branches of engineering. An education in chemical engineering is one of the broadest in the engineering field.

The chemical engineer may find employment in all phases of technical operations. Chemical process industries supply society with a vast array of products, including chemicals, fuels, plastics, metals, foods, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and cryogenic materials. In recent years, chemical engineers have found employment in the microelectronics, advanced materials, nano-material, biochemical and biomedical engineering industries and fields. Chemical engineers also serve society by reducing and eliminating pollution and by ensuring the quality and safety of chemical processes.

Program Educational Objectives and Goals

The primary goal of the department is to prepare engineers who are well qualified to design and operate chemical processes. The goals of the department include the fostering of professional ethics, standards, and practices; the development of conceptual and analytical skills in problem solving; and the development of the student’s perception and creative faculties.  The Chemical Engineering Program Educational Objectives are:

  1. Achieve success in advanced studies if they so choose, and in pursuing a successful professional career in new and emerging areas, as well as traditional chemical engineering areas;
  2. Attain leadership roles in professional careers in field of choice, with high levels of competence, ethics and safety consciousness;
  3. Maintain and raise their level of engineering competence and achievement by engaging in lifelong learning.

Student Outcomes

Students who enroll in the Chemical Engineering program will, upon graduation, show:

a. the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b. the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c. the ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
d. the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
e. the ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g. the ability to communicate effectively
h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
i. a recognition of the need for, and the ability to engage in life-long learning
j. a knowledge of contemporary issues
k. the ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.