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Mission & Vision
The department's primary objective is the education of undergraduate students so that, upon graduation, they are prepared to take responsible entry-level positions in a wide range of industries. These include not only the traditional chemical and petroleum processing but also such "things" as biotechnology, consumer products, electronic materials, energy, food, polymers, pulp & paper, and the environment. They may be engaged in research, teaching, development, manufacturing, technical support, marketing, sales or project engineering and frequently enter engineering management later in their careers.
In addition, the prescribed curriculum provides a sound, technically based general education for those graduates who wish to pursue other professions such as medicine, law, and business. Research and professional activities by members of the faculty, conducted in collaboration with graduate and undergraduate students, provide training for our students on how to succeed as a researcher.
Program Educational Objectives
The Chemical Engineering program prepares graduates who, in their professional career:
- Have the knowledge and skills required to analyze and solve problems related to the field of chemical engineering and communicate these results in verbal and written form to a diverse audience.
- Can succeed in entry-level positions in the chemical process and broadly related industries and demonstrate integrity, responsibility, ownership, and accountability for their work.
- Have a thorough grounding in fundamentals, allowing them to obtain advanced degrees in chemical engineering or to pursue other professional interests such as medicine or law.
- Have the teamwork, leadership, and lifelong learning skills that prepare them for future professional growth in a broad spectrum of careers.
- Understand the role of chemical engineering as a profession and their role in addressing societal issues, including sustainability, environmental responsibility, and safety.
Continuous assessment of student learning in accordance with specific program outcomes including input from program constituents such as students, alumni, employers and industry advisory groups, provides opportunity to measure success in meeting the mission of the department.
Student Learning Outcomes
To enable continuous program improvement, the department utilizes an assessment, analysis, and feedback process. A set of assessment instruments is used to demonstrate that the department's graduates demonstrate the following student learning outcomes:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- 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
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary and/or diverse teams
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- an ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written formats
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage, in lifelong learning
- a knowledge of contemporary issues of relevance to the field of chemical engineering
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
- an understanding of the role of economics in engineering and an ability to apply that understanding to problem solving
- a working knowledge of chemistry and chemical engineering topics
UND's Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).