Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

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ChE Program Educational Objectives (approved February, 2016)

Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University is an ABET-accredited engineering program.

The undergraduate program in chemical engineering at Michigan State University has a strong focus on the integration of engineering science and process design with complementary areas of study in bioprocess engineering, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, fuels and energy, materials, and food engineering. Graduates are prepared for life-long opportunities to participate in diverse sectors of the economy and to assume leadership roles throughout their professional careers.

The graduates of the Chemical Engineering Program are expected to:

  • succeed in the practice of chemical engineering or in advanced studies in engineering, scientific,  or complementary disciplines;
  • assume leadership roles in industry and/or in technological fields;
  • contribute to the socio-economic environment of their communities; and
  • further develop career skills through life-long learning.

ABET Student Outcomes for Chemical Engineering (ChE)

The Chemical Engineering Program at Michigan State University has adopted the outcome requirements of Criterion 3 of the ABET Engineering Criteria, but has revised them to specifically describe the chemical engineering graduate. Their achievement by the graduates of our program plays a major role in accomplishing our Program Education Objectives and is supportive of the mission of Michigan State University and of the College of Engineering.

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The outcomes are achieved through our curriculum. To view a curriculum map of student outcomes to courses, click here (.pdf).

The Student Outcomes for Chemical Engineering are as follows: Please click on the outcome for a detailed description of performance indicators and rubrics used to assess the outcome. 

Graduates of the Chemical Engineering Program at Michigan State University will have:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

    a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and science, chemical or biochemical sciences in particular, in chemical engineering;
    b. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for chemical engineering practice.

  2. an 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
  3. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  4. an ability to communicate effectively

    a. oral communication
    b. written communication

  5. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  6. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  7. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  8. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  9. a knowledge of contemporary issues