Learning Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives are defined as career and professional accomplishments that are to be achieved within the first few years of graduation.

The Objectives for our Chemical Engineering program are to produce graduates who, within three years of graduation, are able to: 

PEO 1: Be employed as a practicing engineer in fields such as design, research, development, testing, and manufacturing.

PEO 2: Engage in lifelong self-directed learning to maintain and enhance professional skills.

PEO 3: Conduct themselves as ethical and responsible professionals as well as articulate the environmental, safety and economic impacts of their work on society.

PEO 4: Demonstrate leadership skills in the workplace.


Student Outcomes

Attributes of a SJSU Chemical Engineering BS student by the time of graduation. 

1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

    • Analyze systems through material and energy balances models.
    • Specify operating conditions for a heat exchanger to meet performance requirements.
    • Evaluate the design of a non-isothermal reactor for a chemical process.
    • Analyze a thermal system for appropriate heat transfer prediction.
    • Compare alternative reactor designs and select the most effective choice for a given process.
    • Use simulation software to design a unit operation to meet specified performance criteria.
    • Use non-linear regression to evaluate kinetic mechanisms.

2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.

    • Design an isothermal reactor for a chemical process.
    • Complete process operating risk analyses for a plant and develop inherently safe system to minimize risk.
    • Analyze, design and evaluate mass transfer processes for specific applications.

3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

    • Write effectively.
    • Give an effective oral presentation.

4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

    • Demonstrate knowledge of code of engineering ethics.
    • Identify the ethical issues in a case study.
    • Design a strategy to manage a situation where an employee/subordinate commits a violation of engineering ethics.
    • Appraise the inherent safety strategies applied in an experiment or process.
    • Estimate the societal impact of a project on the surrounding community.
    • Evaluate relative technical and economic merit for alternate process configurations.

5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.

    • Demonstrate the ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

    • Present and discuss experimental data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
    • Analyze and interpret data for chemical reaction kinetics.
    • Design an experiment for a unit operation experiment.
    • Analyze and interpret experimental data.

7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

    • Hands-on design and analyze a feedback control system for temperature regulation.
    • Evaluate a technical process based on a journal review article.