ABET Accreditation - Chemical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission(s) of ABET, under the General Criteria and Chemical Engineering Program Criteria.

Why accreditation matters

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.

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.

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, successful graduates will:

  1. Excel in solving critical problems in their chosen career path in diverse fields such as renewable energy, critical minerals, environmental sustainability, bioengineering, medicine, water resiliency, advanced materials, and systems engineering.
  2. Ascend to leadership roles while making use of communication skills and accumulated experience on multidisciplinary teams to solve complex societal challenges professionally and ethically.
  3. Engage in lifelong learning through active engagement in diverse endeavors such as advancing academic qualifications, participating in continuing education via professional networks, acquiring licensure, mentoring emerging professionals, or initiating entrepreneurial ventures.

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. 

Undergraduate degrees and enrollment

B.S. in chemical engineering program
Year Enrollment Degrees
2022-2023 84 20
2021-2022 120 31
2020-2021 155 37
2019-2020 149 27
2018-2019 159 31
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

Enrollment data includes all bachelor's degree students.

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