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)

Within three to five years of obtaining a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, a graduate is expected to achieve the following:

  1. Technical: Graduates will be successful in their careers, demonstrated by their ability to communicate effectively and solve important problems in chemical engineering or other multidisciplinary areas, in a collaborative manner.
  2. Professionalism & ethics: Graduates will be capable of developing innovative ideas for society, and conduct work that meets engineering standards safely, professionally, and ethically.
  3. Leadership: Graduates will hold positions of increasing responsibility, demonstrating leadership in the workplace and community.

Chemical Engineering Student Learning Outcomes (SOs)

Students 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. 

Materials Science and Engineering Program 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 the following:

  1. Foundation skills: Graduates will be able to demonstrate Materials Science and Engineering competence to successfully solve contemporary real-world problems.
  2. Leadership and team skills: Graduates will advance professionally with increasing responsibilities as a result of his/her ability to work individually or on multidisciplinary teams to solve complex problems.
  3. Lifelong learning: Graduates will 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 Learning Outcomes

Students 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. 

Undergraduate degrees and enrollment

B.S. in chemical engineering program
Year Enrollment Degrees
2018-2019 159
2017-2018 179 42
2016-2017 178 33
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
Year Enrollment Degrees
2018-2019 47
2017-2018 42 8
2016-2017 33 4
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.

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