Chemical Engineering Program Objectives

The educational objective of our undergraduate program is to produce chemical engineering graduates who, within five years of completing the BS degree, will be successful in a variety of professional careers, including those outside of traditional chemical engineering fields as evidenced by one or more of the following achievements.

  1. Sustaining a career as a problem solver in engineering or other fields that require analytical skills
  2. Professional advancement in positions of increasing leadership and/or responsibility within their chosen career field
  3. Attainment of an advanced degree or advanced certification leading to a career in engineering or science, business, law, medicine, or academia
  4. Bettering society through professional or personal service


Chemical Engineering Program Outcomes

Upon graduating with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech, our graduates will have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, or component or process to meet desired needs
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineeringsolutions in a global and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice



The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, The department has adopted the Student Outcomes 1-7 listed under General Criteria 3 in the ABET document "Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs" for the assessment of our program. These outcomes cover the goals for students in our program and map closely with the mission of our department.

By the time of graduation each Chemical Engineering student will demonstrate:

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

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

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

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

We assess these Student Outcomes continuously using a variety of mechanisms, including performance on examinations, major assignments, and a variety of surveys and other measurement instruments. Information obtained in these assessments is used in a short-term feedback loop for continuous improvement of the program.

Enrollment and Graduation Statistics
Academic Year 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
Enrollment * 308 314 343 306 328 316 322
BS Degrees Conferred 105 79 103 96 107 92 94
* Enrollment census taken in fall semester and reflects seniors, juniors and those sophomore students who have completed all prerequisites for entry into ChE.