The mission of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania is:
- to offer educational and research programs of the highest quality that will prepare students for leadership positions in the chemical, biochemical, and materials industries, academia, and governmental laboratories;
- to help define the frontiers of knowledge in modern chemical and biomolecular engineering through intellectual leadership in research and scholarship;
- to contribute to the nation's technological leadership by accomplishing research that stimulates the development of new technologies.
In accordance with the mission of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and with the broader missions of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the University of Pennsylvania, the Undergraduate Program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has formulated the following Educational Objectives.
Graduates of the Undergraduate Program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering will:
- excel in careers in chemical and biomolecular engineering practice and research in the chemical, biochemical, energy, and materials industries, having mastered the engineering fundamentals, communication skills, and teamwork.
- excel in top ranked engineering graduate programs and professional schools.
- make use of the versatility of our chemical and biomolecular engineering program to excel in diverse career paths, including business, medicine, law, government, and education.
- be recognized as critical, creative, and independent thinkers who direct their technical expertise towards addressing the needs of society.
- be recognized as leaders in their chosen fields.
- be sensitive to the social, ethical, and technical implications of their work as it affects the environment, safety, and health of citizens worldwide.
The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering seeks to achieve the following 11 outcomes in all of its graduates:
a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering; including chemistry, advanced chemistry, biology, and computing.
b. An ability to design and control experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data; using modern laboratory techniques and engineering technology.
c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs – using knowledge of material and energy balances, thermodynamics, transport processes, separations, chemical reaction engineering, process control, process and product design, and economics.
d. An ability to function on independent, open-ended, team-oriented projects – often involving multidisciplinary concepts.
e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems – using knowledge of the subjects in c.
f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility – with an awareness of societal needs and the impact of engineering technology.
g. An ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written documents.
h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context – with emphasis on the humanities and social sciences.
i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
j. A knowledge of contemporary issues, often involving areas outside of science and technology.
k. An ability to use the techniques, skill, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice – with knowledge of subjects complementary to basic chemical engineering such as materials science, management, economics, environmental studies, or public policy.