Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
The University of Iowa

The educational objectives of the Chemical Engineering undergraduate program are as follows:

The Chemical Engineering Program at the University of Iowa produces graduates with a strong foundation of scientific and technical knowledge 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 following graduation, our graduates will:

  1. Attain careers as practicing chemical engineers in fields such as biotechnology, chemicals, computation, energy, environmental engineering, food processing, microelectronics, pharmaceuticals, or polymers/advanced materials;
  2. Pursue advanced studies in disciplines such as Business, Chemical Engineering, Dentistry, Environmental Engineering, Law, Medicine, or Pharmaceuticals;
  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 unique and personalized undergraduate experience by leveraging the advantages of a small college atmosphere within a comprehensive liberal arts and research university;
  2. Provide a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for all students;
  3. Enrich the undergraduate experience through cultural diversity, international opportunities, and/or experiential learning;
  4. Provide a solid foundation and understanding of the fundamental principles of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  5. Provide students with experience in learning and applying tools, and analyzing and interpreting data to solve theoretical and open-ended chemical engineering problems;
  6. Provide students with opportunities to participate in collaborative teams;
  7. Develop students’ written and oral communication skills to a wide range of audiences;
  8. 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;
  9. Provide a contemporary grounding in ethical and professional responsibility, including global, economic, environmental, safety and societal impacts of engineering decisions;
  10. Instill the desire and the understanding of the need for lifelong learning.

Student Outcomes-–Chemical Engineering Program, College of Engineering

  1. Each graduate will have an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. Each graduate will have 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.
  3. Each graduate will have an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. Each graduate will have 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.
  5. Each graduate will have 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.
  6. Each graduate will have an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Each graduate will have an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


Total Departmental Undergraduate Enrollment (Fall 2020 Census): 208
Undergraduate Degrees Awarded (2019-2020): 51