Degree Programs & Accreditation

David Beck with studentsUndergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BS, ChemE): the primary professional degree, preparing students for work in electronics, chemicals and chemical processes, oil production, government, forest products, and other industries. The degree also prepares students for graduate study in chemical engineering Ph.D. programs and professional programs in medical, law, or business schools.

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MS, ChemE), non-thesis option: an intermediate advanced degree intended primarily for students not continuing on to a Ph.D. degree.

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MS, ChemE), thesis option: an intermediate advanced degree intended primarily for students continuing on to a Ph.D. degree.

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering (Ph.D., ChemE): the primary advanced degree, preparing individuals for independent and productive professional careers in industry, government, and academia.


The undergraduate chemical engineering program at UW offers a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, with or without a Degree Option in Nano and Molecular Engineering. Current enrollment in the undergraduate program (during AY 2018-19) is 211 students. 64 students graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in Spring 2018. The Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Program at UW is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. It was last accredited in 2013.

Program Educational Objectives

The UW undergraduate chemical engineering program seeks to provide a well-balanced education that prepares students for diverse careers, professional success, creative contributions, and responsible global citizenship. These goals are embodied in the educational objectives below.

Within 3-5 years of graduation, our alumni will:

  • Apply knowledge, tools, and skills learned during our program in their chosen professional career path
  • Advance in a career as a chemical engineer in industry or government, and/or succeed in advanced graduate or professional training
  • Contribute professionally to growing areas of technology and the economy.

Student Outcomes

We expect our students, by the time they graduate, to attain the following Student Outcomes:

1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

2. An ability to apply the engineering design process to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration for public health and safety, and global, cultural, social, environmental, economic, and other factors as appropriate to the discipline.

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

4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

5. 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.

6. An ability to recognize the ongoing need to acquire new knowledge, to choose appropriate learning strategies, and to apply this knowledge.

7. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader of a team that establishes goals, plans tasks, meets deadlines, and creates a collaborative and inclusive environment.


Undergraduate student enrollment and degrees awarded

Year Enrollment Degrees awarded
2018-19 211 68
2017-18 222 64
2016-17 211 62
2015-16 211 68
2014-15 220 52