Chemical Engineering Program Education Objectives

Within five years of completing their BS degrees, chemical engineering graduates 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 Student Outcomes

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

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.



The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 


Enrollment and Graduation Data
Academic Year 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Enrollment * 308 314 343 306 328 316 322 301 369
BS Degrees Conferred 105 79 103 96 107 92 94 91 99
* Enrollment census taken in fall semester and reflects seniors, juniors and those sophomore students who have completed all prerequisites for entry into ChE.