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Our BS, MS, and PhD programs in chemical engineering are designed to ensure that our graduates are prepared to succeed in the career of their choice whether it involves industrial practice, research, or continuing education toward an advanced professional degree. The chemical engineering undergraduate degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Graduate programs are accredited by SACS.

Program Educational Objectives

Chemical engineering graduates of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, possess the knowledge base, intellectual skills, and professional commitment that prepare them for innovative technical leadership, graduate study, productive service to society, and continued professional growth through lifelong learning. Preparation is based in the attainment of the objectives identified below, regular evaluation of the achievement of these objectives, and use of evaluation results to improve the educational process.

  • Graduates of the UT chemical engineering program will meet or exceed the expectations of employers of chemical engineers.
  • Qualified graduates of the UT chemical engineering program will pursue graduate or advanced professional study if desired.
  • Graduates of the UT chemical engineering program will continue their professional growth through lifelong learning.
  • Graduates of the UT chemical engineering program will pursue career progression toward positions of technical or managerial leadership.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of UT’s Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program demonstrate the following student outcomes:

  1.  An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2.  An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3.  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.
  4.  An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5.  An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6.  An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7.  An ability to communicate effectively.
  8.  The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9.  A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10.  A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11.  An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

These Student Outcomes are subject to regular evaluation to improve the educational process.

Undergraduate Enrollment and Graduation

Academic YEAR



Including Co-Op/Study Abroad Not Including Co-Op/Study Abroad (Summer-Spring)
2011-2012 227 227 37
2012-2013 277 268 34
2013-2014 356 343 49
2014-2015 417 404 63
2015-2016 412 399 58
2016-2017 460 438 87
2017-2018 443 N/A 82
2018-2019 411 N/A 92

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