We provide our undergraduates with excellent preparation to enter either industry positions or to continue their educational training at the graduate level in MS and PhD programs or professional degree programs such as MBA, Pharm.D, DDS, MD or JD. In addition to the required degree coursework, many of our students also acquire hands-on training through industry internships or research positions in academic laboratories. The undergraduate program in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. All the areas of emphasis within Chemical Engineering are part of the Chemical Engineering accreditation.
Program Educational Objectives
Chemical Engineering graduates are expected to attain the following educational objectives within a few years of graduation:
- Apply their technical skills to model, analyze, and design complex processes where physical, chemical or biochemical transformations are utilized to produce products and services that benefit society in an economically-, environmentally-, and globally-conscious manner.
- Be able to quickly respond to increasingly-rapid technological changes through continuous personal and professional development, and to pursue graduate or professional education in a variety of fields.
- Thrive in multidisciplinary and multicultural setting, and to assume leadership roles in their employment, organization or community.
Upon completing their degree in Chemical Engineering, graduates are expected to have:
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering,
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data,
(c) 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,
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams,
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems,
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility,
(g) an ability to communicate effectively,
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context,
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning,
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues,
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Undergraduate students have the opportunity of pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis in one of the following 5 areas: Biochemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Nanotechnology or Polymer/Materials Science.
Undergraduates with majors other than Chemical Engineering have the opportunity to pursue a minor in Petroleum Engineering.
Undergraduate Enrollment and Graduation Data
USC Mork Family Department has graduated a total of 67 students from the ABET Accredited Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering Program through the Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Summer 2015 semesters. Currently, 235 total continuing undergraduate students have been enrolled in Fall 2015.