ABET Accreditation

The bachelor's degree programs in chemical engineering and materials science and engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. ABET is the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program's commitment to providing a quality education.

Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. These evaluations focus on program curricula, faculty, facilities, institutional support, and other important areas.

One of the key elements of ABET accreditation is the requirement that programs continuously improve the quality of education provided. As part of this continuous improvement requirement, programs set specific measurable goals for their students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals, and improve their programs based on the results of their assessment.

Accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared, and assists registration, licensure and certification boards in screening applicants

Chemical Engineering Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

  1. Graduates will be successful in their professional careers, as demonstrated by their abilities to solve important chemical engineering problems, to solve problems in areas different from their training, and to develop new and valuable ideas.
  2. Graduates will be capable of recognizing the larger context of their professional engineering career, including corporate, ethical, environmental, societal, and legal standards.
  3. Graduates will have the communication and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed individually, in group, and in leadership positions.

Chemical Engineering Student Outcomes (SOs)

  • 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 multi-disciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • 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 life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Materials Science and Engineering Educational Objectives

Within three to five years of obtaining a bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, a graduate is expected to achieve one or more of the following:

  1. Foundation Skills: Demonstrate materials science and engineering competence to successfully solve technical problems.
  2. Leadership and Team Skills: Advance professionally with increasing responsibilities as a result of his/her ability to work individually or on multidisciplinary teams to solve complex technical problems.
  3. Lifelong Learning: Participate in lifelong learning by attending workshops, professional certification, on-the-job training, original research, or pursuit of an advanced degree.

Materials Science and Engineering Student Outcomes

Our graduates will have the following skills:

  • 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 teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • 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 life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Undergraduate Degrees and Enrollment

B.S. in Chemical Engineering Program
YearEnrollmentDegrees
2016-2017 178
2015-2016 175 22
2014-2015 186 23
2013-2014 182 22
2012-2013 167 15
2011-2012 103 10
B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering Program
YearEnrollmentDegrees
2016-2017 33
2015-2016 34 6
2014-2015 18 5
2013-2014 21 4
2012-2013 23 3
2011-2012 23 3

Enrollment data includes all bachelor's degree students.