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ABET and SACS Accreditation

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 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.

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

Undergraduate Enrollment and Graduation

Academic Year Fall Enrollment Degrees Granted
Including Co-Ops/Internships Not Including Co-Ops/Internships (Fall–Summer)
2011-2012 227 227 37
2012-2013 277 268 34
2013-2014 356 318 50
2014-2015 417 356 60
2015-2016 412 334 60
2016-2017 460 373 88
2017-2018 443 340 84
2018-2019 424 308 88