CHME - ABET Accreditation

ABET Accreditation: Chemical Engineering

The B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


The mission of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln chemical and biomolecular engineering program is to provide qualified students with a foundation in engineering sciences and engineering design methods to prepare them for successful professional careers and to contribute to the needs of society.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

In pursuit of the program’s mission, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has established the Educational Objectives given below:
  • Educate students in the principles and methods essential to chemical and biomolecular engineering consistent with the curricular requirements of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
  • Broaden perspectives of students regarding social issues and responsibilities, ethics and professionalism.
  • Graduate BS chemical engineers recognized for excellence and trained to successfully compete for positions in local, state, and national industry, and enter high quality graduate programs throughout the country.
  • Create and provide access to knowledge that is supportive of the needs of chemical and biomolecular engineering.
  • Foster an intrinsic curiosity for life-long learning
  • Respond to the technical needs for economic development and diversification in the state and region.
The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers a course of study designed for students who plan careers in a wide variety of industries, ranging from the chemical and process industries to biotechnology, electronics, and the environment. Students receive training in the basic subjects of mathematics, English, and physics in common with other students in engineering, but in addition receive extensive training in chemistry. In various courses the emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, separation processes, thermodynamics, kinetics, and process dynamics, as well as process economics and design of chemical processes.

The instructional laboratories provide opportunities for students to operate experimental equipment, to test the theories and correlations developed in the classroom, and to design their own experimental equipment for the solution of special problems.

Graduates are qualified to undertake work in research, design, development, production, maintenance, and technical sales in a wide variety of industries including chemicals, petroleum, petrochemicals, rubber, plastics, agricultural chemicals, food, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, paper, fabrics, aircraft, automotive, electronics, energy conversion, and environmental pollution prevention and control.

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is located in Othmer Hall. A state-of-the-art unit operations laboratory, used to give hands-on chemical process experience, is located there. Laboratory equipment is provided for the study of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, staged operations, process control, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, and polymerization. The department operates its own microcomputer facility. Additional research equipment is available for independent and graduate study in several areas.

Additional information about the requirements of the undergraduate program may be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Student Outcomes

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering constructs its student outcomes to match the a-through-k criteria prescribed by ABET:

a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c. 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
d. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g. an ability to communicate effectively
h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j. a knowledge of contemporary issues
k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

A matrix indicating where the a-k criteria are satisfied within our curriculum is below.
How the Chemical Engineering Curriculum Satisfies Student Outcomes Represented by the ABET a-through-k Criteria as Indicated on Individual Course Syllabi
  Student Outcomes
Required Chemical Engineering Coursework a b c d e f g h i j k
CHME113 – Intro to Chemical Engineering I
CHME114 – Intro to Chemical Engineering II
CHME202 – Mass & Energy Balances
CHME223 – Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I
CHME312 – Chemical Engineering Computation
CHME323 – Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II
CHME331 – Equilibrium Stage Operations
CHME332 – Transport Operations I
CHME333 – Transport Operations II
CHME430 – Chemical Engineering Lab
CHME442 – Chemical Reactor Engineering & Design
CHME452 – Chem. Eng. Process Economics & Optimization
CHME453 – Chemical Engineering Process Design
CHME460 – Automatic Process Control Lab
CHME462 – Automatic Process Control

Enrollment Data

The table below is a summary subset of 10-year graduation data for the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Chemical Engineering ABET Undergraduate Enrollment Chart
Source: College of Engineering, February 2015

Graduation Data

The table below is a summary subset of 10-year graduation data for the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Chemical Engineering ABET Degrees Conferred Chart
Source: College of Engineering, February 2015
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