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ABET Accreditation

The B.S. degree in chemical engineering offered by the Department of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering at UMBC is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The Department’s educational objectives, student outcomes, and enrollment and graduation statistics are described below.

The department faculty, in consultation with various program constituencies, has established the following Program Educational Objectives. These are broad statements which describe what our graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation and are based on the needs of our constituencies. To make our PEO’s easier to remember, we call them the “Five C’s”:

Program Educational Objectives – “The Five C’s”
Within three to five years after graduation:

  • C1. Graduates will have demonstrated Competency in the Discipline of chemical engineering.
  • C2. Graduates will have exhibited Critical Thinking Ability that has enabled them to solve complex problems.
  • C3. Graduates will have successfully achieved Cooperation Goals through Teamwork.
  • C4. Graduates will have demonstrated effective Communication.
  • C5. Graduates will have exhibited the Capacity for Life-long Learning.

Our Student Outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. Our eighteen Student Outcomes are related to our Program Educational Objectives and also map to the outcome requirements of ABET Criterion 3 (a – k).

  • Student Outcome C1.1: Have a Foundation in Math/Sciences: Students will be able to apply knowledge in mathematics and science.
  • Student Outcome C1.2: Demonstrate Proficiency in Chemical Engineering Principles: Students will have proficiency in and be able to apply core chemical engineering principles.
  • Student Outcome C1.3: Design Processes: Students will be able to design a system, component, or processes using chemical engineering principles to meet desired needs within realistic constraints.
  • Student Outcome C1.4: Use Modern Tools: Students will be able to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools (including computational, programming/modeling) necessary for the practice of chemical engineering.
  • Student Outcome C1.5: Understand Broader Impact: Students will have an elementary knowledge of the contemporary issues including an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility, sustainability, health & safety and the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  • Student Outcome C2.1: Solve Open-Ended Problems: Students will be able to analyze/solve open-ended problems in chemical engineering.
  • Student Outcome C2.2: Evaluate Solutions/Designs: Students will be able to evaluate solutions or designs given realistic constraints (economic or otherwise).
  • Student Outcome C2.3: Design and Conduct Experiments: Students will be able to design and conduct experiments in order to obtain appropriate data for evaluation of an engineering problem.
  • Student Outcome C2.4: Analyze Data: Students will be able to analyze and interpret data in order to solve engineering problems.
  • Student Outcome C3.1: Work Effectively in Teams: Students will be able to work effectively in teams with others having different backgrounds.
  • Student Outcome C3.2: Fill Various Roles: Students will be able to fill both leadership and supporting roles in a team.
  • Student Outcome C3.3: Resolve Conflict: Students will be able to define rules for conflict resolution and practice those rules.
  • Student Outcome C4.1: Communicate in Writing: Students will be able to communicate effectively in written form.
  • Student Outcome C4.2: Communicate Orally: Students will be able to communicate effectively in oral form.
  • Student Outcome C5.1: Define Problems: Students will be able to identify and define a problem given an open-ended question or situation.
  • Student Outcome C5.2: Locate Information: Students will have the ability to locate tools and information relevant to a problem.
  • Student Outcome C5.3: Assimilate Information: Students will have the ability to assimilate information relevant to a problem.
  • Student Outcome C5.4: Self-Assessment: Students will be able to assess their own ability/knowledge to solve a problem and know when to seek help.

Chemical Engineering Program Enrollment and Graduation Statistics
Enrollment and graduation data are available from the Office of Institutional Research, Analysis and Decision support:

  • Select “Trends by Primary Plan” on the Undergraduate Enrollment page for the number of students enrolled in each major according to their first declared major.
  • Select “Undergraduate” on the Degree Awards page for the number of graduates from each program.

 

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Our mission is to instill a capacity for life long learning based on
competence in chemical engineering principles coupled with
critical thinking, cooperation and communication skills.