The Mission of the Chemical Engineering undergraduate program at the University of Connecticut is to prepare students for productive careers in our versatile, dynamic, and evolving discipline. We seek to foster a sense of responsibility and community, create a desire for life long contribution and learning, and nurture an appreciation for scholarship and creativity. Upon graduation, our students will have learned skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and communication necessary for success as practicing chemical engineers and for continued studies in graduate school.
To achieve its mission, the Chemical Engineering program provides an intensive educational program with faculty dedicated to developing the framework for and stimulating the desire to pursue ongoing active learning. A thorough base in mathematics, physical science, engineering science, laboratory, design, and communication skills is provided through course activities, individual and group-based projects, and independent research.
Our curriculum exposes students to relevant safety, environmental, social, and economic issues facing the engineer in modern society. Our student-to-faculty ratio permits frequent student contact with members of the faculty, creating opportunities for independent research, active advising, and mentoring.
The department provides a student experience that fosters leadership development, encourages creativity and intellectual curiosity, and demands responsible behavior and high quality performance. Flexibility in the curriculum provides opportunities to pursue independent research, a minor, double major, study abroad, honors degree or gain practical job experience through voluntary participation in an industrial co-op program. Particular strengths of the department lie in the areas of biomolecular engineering, advanced materials, energy and the environment, and computer applications.
Program Educational Objectives
- Our graduates will be gainfully employed in chemical engineering or related career paths including industrial, academic, governmental and non-governmental organizations.
- Our graduates will continue their professional development by engaging in professional activities and/or training to enhance their careers and/or pursue post-graduate studies.
After graduating from UConn with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, a student will possess:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
- 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.
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- An ability to communicate effectively.
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
- A knowledge of contemporary issues.
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.