Chemical Engineering

The NC State Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Below you will find the Program Educational Objectives (PEOs), Student Outcomes, and recent enrollment and graduation information.


The Chemical Engineering program is preparing its graduates to:

1. Excel in engineering practices and/or entrepreneurship in various industries, including petrochemical, biochemical, pharmaceutical, fine chemical, environmental, semi-conductor, pulp and paper, advanced materials, and health care industries,

2. Advance professionally in positions of increasing leadership responsibilities in their chosen career fields,

3. Earn an advanced degree or certification leading to a career in academia, law, medicine, or research and development, and

4.Exhibit professionalism, a habit of continual learning, interest in contemporary issues of importance to society, appreciation of the impact of engineering development in society, and ethical responsibility−particularly in the context of environmental protection, process/product safety, financial accountability, and community well-being.

Learning Outcomes

By graduation, our students are able to:
1.Apply knowledge and information in addressing basic science and engineering questions related to:

  • mass and energy balance principles
  • thermodynamics
  • transport phenomena
  • kinetics and reactor design
  • control of processes
  • engineering design of unit processes that can be used in manufacturing facilities

2. Utilize a full range of chemical engineering techniques:

  • to design at least one manufacturing facility, or
  • perform a comprehensive analysis for a scenario with significant application of chemical engineering principles within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

3.Demonstrate experimental skills to test science and engineering principles learned in the classroom, including the design of experiments

4.Demonstrate broader professional skills needed for professional success, including:

  • ethics and professional responsibilities
  • oral communications
  • activities in team structures
  • understanding of the impact of engineering solution in a global, economic, environmental and societal context

5.Write clear professional documents, including technical reports, summaries and/or research papers
6.Demonstrate a broader knowledge in a leading-edge or emerging field or in another discipline beside chemical engineering through completion of either:

  • a dual degree, a minor or a program option, or
  • one honors or graduate-level class in Chemical Engineering or another technical discipline

Undergraduate Enrollment and Degrees Awarded

Fall 2015 Undergraduate Enrollment 649
2014 – 2015 Undergraduate Degrees Awarded 172