CBE Masters Learning Goals

The Graduate Program in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering (CBE) trains Master of Engineering and Master of Science students at an advanced level in chemical engineering. Students exiting the program should be prepared for further graduate study and for employment in the chemical and biochemical process industries along with related fields. 


Learning Goal 1 for Students:  Attain mastery of the essential aspects of practice and research in the field of chemical and biochemical engineering 


Assessment of student achievement of Goal 1: 

  • Grades in graduate courses 

  • Review by faculty of student progress with close advising and mentoring 

  • Comprehensive examination of core chemical engineering knowledge or a research thesis 

  • Assessment of student’s performance by committee of graduate faculty members  

  • Continuation of graduate studies or placement in a professional position that requires skills and fundamental knowledge of chemical engineering. 


Roles of the program in helping students to achieve Goal 1: 

  • Close advising beginning with an orientation upon arrival and including tracking of milestones and professional development 

  • Evaluations of teaching effectiveness of instructors in graduate courses 

  • If effectiveness is below expectations, work with instructors to improve effectiveness 

  • Periodic review of curricular offerings, degree requirements and assessment tools 

  • By program faculty 

  • In consultation with the office of the dean of the graduate school, the unit dean, and/or colleagues from related programs as appropriate 


Learning Goal 2 for Students:  Engage in and conduct original research (for Master’s degrees with thesis) 


Assessment of graduate student achievement of Goal 2: 

  • Assessment of quality of Master’s thesis 

  • Public defense of thesis 

  • Critical reading of thesis by committee of graduate faculty members  

  • Submission and acceptance of peer-reviewed articles and conference papers 

  • Achievement of students as evidenced by continuation of graduate studies or professional placements, selection for conference presentations, peer-reviewed publications, patent applications (where appropriate), and individual grant attainment 


Role of the program in helping graduate students to achieve Goal 2: 

  • Provide formalized process for learning about research areas within chemical engineering and opportunities for research in the CBE graduate program 

  • Provide comprehensive advising  

  • Provide opportunities to present research and receive feedback, including annual graduate student symposium 


Learning Goal 3 for Students: Prepare to be professionals in in the chemical or biochemical process industry or in allied fields 


Assessment of graduate student achievement of Goal 3: 

  • Participation in internships and other work tailored to career goals, assessed accordingly 

  • Collection of data on professional placement data or continuation of graduate studies 

  • Review by external advisory board 

  • Alumni awards, e.g. School of Engineering Medal of Excellence and professional society awards 


Role of the program in helping students achieve Goal 3: 

  • Host professional development and career exploration activities 

  • Provide flexible options for students with interdisciplinary interests related to chemical engineering 

  • Develop or enhance programs related to job and networking skills, including activity in professional societies and preparation for necessary certifications 


The leadership of the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering graduate program will regularly review the structure and content of the program and the feedback received from assessments and surveys. These reviews will be used to provide the best possible education to students in order to meet the needs for highly trained individuals in the chemical and biochemical process industries and in related fields.