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The Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering at Virginia Tech is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

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Program objectives

Within five years of completing their undergraduate degree, chemical engineering alumni 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.

Student outcomes

At time of graduation, department students are expected to have the following:

  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.

Enrollment and graduation data

Year Enrolled1 Graduated
2022-23 255  
2021-22 268 71
2020-21 297 95
2019-20 291 110
2018-19 317 102
2017-18 301 92
2016-17 319 100
2015-16 317 92

1 Full-time and part-time