Chemical Engineering addresses the design and operation of processes for separation, purification, and reaction of raw materials to produce useful products and energy. It is a broad discipline, focusing on processes from the atomic level, through the nano-scale, to mega-scale manufacturing. It combines expertise from the basic sciences (chemistry, mathematics and physics) and engineering (transport, reactions, separations, process design) with economics and business considerations.
Chemical Engineering is central to topics high on the national and international agenda:
Our program enables each student to design an individualized curriculum that highlights his or her interests within the field of chemical engineering. Chemical engineers apply a common core of knowledge to a broad range of applications, and our curriculum reflects this idea: Each student attains this core knowledge through a common set of math, science and chemical engineering courses, and focuses on his or her interests through a series of twelve elective courses. As examples, students can focus on biochemical engineering, management, or complete premedical coursework through these electives. Our program is described in detail here.
We also emphasize opportunities for experiential learning (that is, learning-by-doing). Almost half of our students participate in our co-op program, where they spend two semesters doing engineering work (and getting paid) at a company. Many students do undergraduate research in the labs of our faculty, which sometimes leads to publications in scientific journals and presentations by the students at scientific meetings. Students may also enroll in our BS-MS program, which is a 5 year program that leads to both a BS and MS degree in chemical engineering.
Our program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The accreditation process involves defining the mission, objectives and desired outcomes of our program, showing how these criteria reflect the needs of our constituents, and assessing how well we meet these criteria. Our program objectives and desired outcomes are given below:
The undergraduate program in chemical engineering seeks to produce graduates who will:
As preparation for meeting the above program objectives, the Department of Chemical Engineering provides an undergraduate program designed so that students attain:
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