The Chemical Engineering Program at Lafayette College is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org/).

Program Mission Statement

Within the liberal arts learning atmosphere of the College, the Chemical Engineering program offers a curriculum that prepares its graduates to pursue a wide spectrum of career paths in chemical industries and enroll in top-ranked graduate programs. The graduates will have the necessary technical, communication, teamwork, and social skills to adjust to various facets of the profession and the changing technological challenges through lifelong learning.

Program Educational Objectives

The department defines educational objectives as “statements that describe the expected accomplishments of graduates during the first few years after graduation.” To achieve its mission regarding undergraduate student education in chemical engineering, the department has set the following five educational objectives.

While we recognize that some of our graduates will, because of their broad education, choose to follow career paths outside chemical engineering, the graduates who are practicing chemical engineers will:

  1. Be able to tackle unfamiliar problems and demonstrate an ability to understand, formulate, analyze, design, and provide solutions in the field of chemical engineering.
  2. Demonstrate professional responsibility, addressing economic, sustainability, and environmental considerations in the solution of engineering problems in both local and global settings.
  3. Work well in multidisciplinary teams and appreciate the value of multiple perspectives in engineering problem solving.
  4. Explain and defend their solutions and communicate effectively using graphic, verbal, and written techniques to all audiences.
  5. Value mentoring, lifelong learning and developing the talents of others and by accomplishing these objectives become effective leaders in engineering.

Student Outcomes

An outcome is described as specific knowledge and skills that a student should possess at the time of graduation from an engineering program.

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

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Engineering enrollment and graduation data for each program is archived by the Division of Engineering.