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Program Mission, Goals, Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes of the Department of Chemical Engineering


Michigan Chemical Engineering seeks to drive human excellence by shaping the future of chemical engineering through groundbreaking research and by producing engineers whose empathy, insight, and knowledge enable them to translate ideas and discoveries into equitable engineering solutions.


To educate and support diverse students and prepare them to be leaders in chemical engineering or related fields.

Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, UMChE graduates will have attained leadership roles among peers in chemical engineering, or another field, such as medicine, law, business and education, through:

  • effectiveness as proactive and creative problem solvers and innovators
  • ability to think critically to solve relevant problems
  • effectiveness as communicators to gain and convey information
  • competence and comfort collaborating in multifunctional and multicultural environments
  • exhibiting and demanding high ethical standards

Student Outcomes

Chemical Engineering student outcomes

ABET Student Outcomes (1-7) 

  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.

Covered and assessed course outcomes 

  • ChE 230 – Outcomes 1 and 3 covered, outcomes 4, 5 and 7 assessed
  • ChE 330 – Outcomes 1 and 2 assessed
  • ChE 341 – Outcomes 1, 2 and 7 assessed
  • ChE 342 – Outcome 2 covered, outcomes 1, 3 and 4 assessed 
  • ChE 343 – Outcome 1 covered, outcomes 2, 4, and 7 assessed
  • ChE 344 – Outcome 1 covered, outcomes 2, 5 and 6 assessed
  • ChE 360 – Outcomes 1 and 4 covered, outcomes 3, 5 and 6 assessed
  • ChE 460 – Outcomes 1, 2 and 4 covered, outcomes 3, 5 and 6 assessed
  • ChE 466 – Outcomes 1, 2 and 4 assessed
  • ChE 485 –  Outcomes 1 and 6 covered, outcomes 2 and 4 assessed
  • ChE 487 – Outcome 1 covered, outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 assessed
  • ChE 488/489 – Outcomes 1 and 6 covered, outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 assessed

Approved by the Chemical Engineering faculty in May 2023.

Undergraduate Degree in Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Chemical, Biochemical, Biomolecular and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.