ChBE Accreditation

The Bachelor of Engineering degree program in chemical engineering 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.

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 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 demonstrate by the time of graduation. A set of 7 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:

  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

Student Enrollment and Graduation Rates

The official enrollment is determined each semester on the 22nd day of class. As of Fall 2023, 107 undergraduate students were enrolled in the chemical engineering program with an additional three students in the double major with biomedical engineering.

The School of Engineering conferred 34 Bachelor of Engineering degrees in chemical engineering in the 2022/2023 academic year. Statistics concerning graduation rates and job placement are maintained by the School of Engineering and can be viewed at: