Accreditation of the Chemical Engineering Programs

The integrated B.Sc. and M.Eng. programs of the ChE Department are separately accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The B.Sc. program is accredited at the baccalaureate level and the M.Eng. program is accredited at the masters level. ABET is the nation’s preeminent accrediting agency for engineering and technology programs, and ABET accreditation is a universally recognized as an indication of quality. The organization was founded in 1932 as the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development (ECPD) for the purpose of increasing recognition of engineering as a profession along the lines of medicine and law. ECPD was renamed the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in 1980, and ABET, Inc. in 2006.

Our B.Sc. program is structured to satisfy the general criteria for baccalaureate level engineering programs, and the M.Eng. program satisfies the additional masters level requirements (extra year of academic study and demonstration of an ability to apply masters level knowledge in a specialized area related to chemical engineering).

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Chemical Engineering Department is to develop graduates who are academically prepared for the broad profession of Chemical Engineering, which is increasingly complex, diverse and changing. This is to be accomplished through educational programs and the pursuit of scholarship, research and professional service activities. The department is committed to fulfilling its role as the University of Louisville strives to achieve preeminence as a nationally recognized metropolitan research university.

Program Educational Objectives

  • gain and maintain professional employment in industry, government, or academia and be prepared to successfully pursue graduate or professional study
  • continue their education and development as chemical engineering professionals to meet the needs of the modern, ever-changing world
  • always recognize and operate under the highest societal, ethical, and professional standards relevant to the performance of their professional duties.

Student Outcomes

In order to achieve the Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Program Educational Objectives the program has the following outcomes set for its graduates. Graduates will demonstrate:

  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.

The student outcomes for the Master of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering are identical to those for the BS with the small change that Outcome (a) for the MEng reads:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to identify, formulate and solve advanced chemical engineering problems.


Specific enrollment and degree data available on Facts & Figures page.

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