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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Our program leading to the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives are defined by ABET as broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve. The Program Educational Objectives of the chemical engineering program (approved by the ChBE faculty in November of 2012) are as follows:

Chemical engineering graduates of Vanderbilt University will achieve the following within a few years:

  1. Be successfully employed in chemical engineering or related industries, in academia, or in government; or
  2. Be engaged in the pursuit of an advanced degree in engineering or other disciplines.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. A set of 11 suggested outcomes are provided by ABET and these have been adopted by the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. These outcomes are as follows:

Graduates of the Chemical Engineering program will have:

a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g) an ability to communicate effectively
h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Student Enrollment and Graduation Rates

The official enrollment is determined each Fall on the 22nd day of class. As of Fall 2017, 175 undergraduate students were enrolled in the chemical engineering program. For Fall of 2016, 215 undergraduate students were enrolled in the chemical engineering program.

The School of Engineering conferred 61 Bachelor of Engineering degrees in chemical engineering in May 2017. Statistics concerning graduation rates and job placement are maintained by the School of Engineering and can be viewed at: