Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Enrollment and Graduation Data table

Program Educational Objectives

The Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering bachelor’s degree program is designed to prepare students for continued learning and successful careers in industry, government, academia, and consulting. Within a few years of graduation department alumni are expected to:

  • be gainfully employed in a professional capacity and promoting the responsible application of technology to enhance the common good.

  • be preparing for leadership roles in society by furthering their proficiency in engineering practice or by preparing for professional practice in related disciplines via further graduate or professional study.

Students may achieve these objectives through completion of either the baccalaureate program leading to the B.S. degree or the professional program leading to the M.Eng. degree. Both programs are described in detail in the Programs section of this catalog.

The Chemical and Biological Engineering program is independently accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Student Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to demonstrate:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

  • 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

  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

  • 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

  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

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

Enrollment and Graduation Data

    Enrollments Degrees Awarded
    1 2 3 4 UG Total Grad Total Bachelors Masters Doctorates
16/17 FT 94 110 103 116 423 65 94 2 12
PT           3
17/18 FT 78 113 117 126 434 65 111 4 23
PT           5
18/19 FT 67 77 116 126 386 69 115 2 10
19/20 FT 62 73 67 135 337 93 109 3 11
20/21 FT 46 61 62 96 265 85 74 11 12
21/22 FT 53 48 38 97 236 94 66 11 7
22/23 FT 46 61 62 96 65 85      

FT = full time, PT = part-time

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