Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
The University of Iowa

The Chemical Engineering Program at The University of Iowa produces graduates with a strong foundation of scientific and technical knowledge and who are equipped with problem solving, teamwork, and communication skills that will serve them throughout their careers consistent with the following Educational Objectives:

Within a few years of graduation, our graduates will:

  1. Attain careers as practicing chemical engineers in fields such as pharmaceuticals, microelectronics, chemicals, polymers/advanced materials, food processing, energy, biotechnology, or environmental engineering;
  2. Attain advanced studies in disciplines such as Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Medicine, Law, or Business;
  3. Assume professional leadership roles.

The following methods and strategies are used in the Chemical Engineering undergraduate program to achieve these program educational objectives:

  1. Foster a personalized, supportive environment for all students by taking advantage of the unique combination of a small college atmosphere in a major research university;
  2. Enrich the undergraduate experience through cultural diversity and international opportunities or experiential learning;
  3. Provide a solid foundation and understanding of the fundamental principles of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  4. Provide students with experience in learning and applying tools (e.g., computer skills) to solve theoretical and open-ended chemical engineering problems;
  5. Provide students with opportunities to participate in multidisciplinary teams and to develop and practice written and oral communication skills, both within the team and to a broader audience;
  6. Provide students with opportunities to design and conduct chemical engineering experiments and to design systems, components, and chemical processes to meet specific needs and constraints;
  7. Provide a contemporary grounding in professional responsibility, including ethics, the global and societal impact of engineering decisions, and the need for lifelong learning.

Student Outcomes-–Chemical Engineering Program, College of Engineering

a) Each graduate will have the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering fundamentals.

b) Each graduate will have the ability to design and conduct experiments, and to analyze and interpret experimental results.

c) Each graduate will have the ability to design systems, components, or processes to meet specified objectives within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability in chemical engineering.

d) Each graduate will have the ability to work as a member of multidisciplinary teams, and have an understanding of team leadership.

e) Each graduate will have the ability to identify, formulate, and solve chemical engineering problems.

f)  Each graduate will have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

g) Each graduate will have the ability to communicate effectively in written, oral, and graphical forms.

h) Each graduate will have an education that is supportive of a broad awareness of the diversity of the world and its cultures, and that provides an understanding of the impact of engineering practice in the global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

i) Each graduate will recognize the need for and have the ability to engage in lifelong learning.

j) Each graduate will have knowledge of contemporary issues.

k) Each graduate will have the ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

l) Each graduate will have a thorough grounding in chemistry and a working knowledge of chemical process safety, biochemical engineering, and advanced chemistry, including organic and physical and, depending on their individual educational goals, environmental, biochemical, inorganic or analytical chemistry.  

There are 177 undergraduate engineering students majoring in Chemical Engineering (Fall 2013).  The most recent 6-year graduation rate for first year students who completed their degree with a major in Chemical Engineering is 65%.  The 6-year graduation rate for first year Chemical Engineering majors, regardless of final major, is 71%.  Most of the attrition occurs between the first and second years.  Approximately 86% of Chemical Engineering majors return for the 2nd year.