Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

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ChE Program Educational Objectives (approved February, 2016)

The Chemical Engineering Bachelors of Science program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Chemical, Biochemical, Biomolecular and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

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.

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

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

3a. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences in writing

3b. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences orally

4a. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations

4b. an ability to make informed judgments, which 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

6a. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation

6b. an ability to analyze and interpret data using engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed using appropriate learning strategies