We are ABET Accredited

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland offers an undergraduate program which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. ABET accreditation signifies that our program meets defined quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter the workforce.

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Mission, Objectives, & Outcomes


The educational mission of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of physical, chemical and biological processes and with the ability to apply molecular and biomolecular information and methods of discovery into products and the processes by which they are made. Our program provides the unique interdisciplinary academic foundation and scholarly training needed to address complex engineering problems with emphasis on the advancing fields of biological engineering and nanotechnology.

Program Education Outcomes

The educational objectives of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering degree program are to produce:

1. Graduates with a solid foundation in chemical engineering science fundamentals as well as a broad background in science and mathematics to equip them to enter professional and chemical engineering practice and to enter graduate study at leading universities.

2. Graduates who will excel in traditional chemical engineering careers and diverse careers in areas such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, medicine, law or business.

3. Graduates who are equipped with solid quantitative problem solving, teamwork, communication skills, adaptability to new technologies, and that have a strong ethical foundation that will serve them throughout their careers.

Student Outcomes

Students graduating from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering will demonstrate the following:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of chemical engineering fundamentals to identify and solve chemical engineering problems.
  2. An ability to identify and solve problems in specialized areas related to chemical engineering.
  3. An ability to apply mathematics relevant to engineering and the physical and chemical sciences to identify and solve technical problems.
  4. A broad knowledge necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  5. An ability to identify engineering problems and propose appropriate solutions.
  6. An ability to perform step-by-step design of engineered systems and chemical processes.
  7. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  8. The knowledge of computers and information technology necessary to function effectively as chemical engineers.
  9. An awareness of safety and environmental issues as an integral part of the chemical engineering profession.
  10. An ability to successfully participate in teams.
  11. An ability to communicate effectively through oral presentations and written reports.
  12. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  13. Skills necessary for employment in a variety of positions in industry or government or for continued study in graduate or professional schools.
  14. An understanding of current technological issues related to chemical engineering.
  15. An ability to engage in structured research.
  16. An appreciation for excellence and diversity.
  17. An ability and the motivation to engage in life-long learning, and the ability to conduct research using resources beyond the undergraduate curriculum.

Facts and Figures

Number of Registered Students By Gender

Fall 2010
Fall 2011
Fall 2012
Fall 2013
Fall 2014
Female 95 94 92 105 120
Male 175 182 207 211 222
TOTAL 270 276 299 316 342


Number of B.S. Degrees Granted by Fiscal Year (July 1–June 30)

FY 2010
FY 2011
FY 2012
FY 2013
FY 2014
  45 58 53 61 72