The undergraduate program at Notre Dame is notable for its combination of a strong fundamental focus in chemical engineering courses with a broad humanities and science education provided in courses outside of chemical engineering. The science and humanities courses prepare students both for study of chemical engineering and to understand the complex scientific, social, and moral issues of the world today.
Our intention in emphasizing fundamentals is to develop students' intellect and to equip them with enduring knowledge in chemical engineering and related fields. Thus, our undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum provides students with not only a preparation for a career as chemical engineer, but its status as the ultimate "liberal science" degree prepares them for a lifetime of learning and a lifelong career in areas that may include Law, Medicine, or Business.
The Chemical Engineering Bachelor of Science program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
Accreditation is a process by which an organization, such as ABET, conducts a review of the program to determine whether the program meets the standards set by the profession. For further information, please contact the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET at the address above.
In accord with ABET, graduates of our program should achieve the following Objectives within a few years of graduation:
Have obtained or be on a track toward employment commensurate with a Chemical Engineering degree.
Affirm that the university and department provided proper training and background to enable their desired career path.
Show some evidence of seeking to contribute to the greater good of society.
Engage in continual professional development and personal learning.
Students finishing our program should demonstrate the following Educational Outcomes:
(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 multidisciplinary 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 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