Undergraduates

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.

Accreditation

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 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.

 

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