Objective and Outcomes

Why Chemical Engineering?

“Chemical engineers have the most diverse, interdisciplinary educational background of all engineers, with strong foundations in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and increasingly in the life sciences…As other industries, such as semiconductor manufacturing, biotechnology, and nanoengineering begin to appreciate the chemical engineers’ strengths, and as problems of an increasingly interdisciplinary nature come to the fore of engineering endeavors, the future of chemical engineering appears bright.”

– Vasilios Manousiouthakis, Professor

Objective and Outcomes

Educational Objective

To produce chemical engineering alumni who:

  1. Draw readily on a rigorous education in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology in addition to the fundamentals of chemical engineering to solve creatively problems in chemical and biological technology.
  2. Incorporate social, ethical, environmental and economic considerations, including the concept of sustainable development, into chemical and biomolecular engineering practice.
  3. Work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams to tackle complex multifaceted problems that may require different approaches and viewpoints to arrive at a successful solution.
  4. Pursue careers in chemical and biomolecular engineering and related fields as demonstrated by professional success at positions within industry, government, or academia.


Chemical engineering graduates will demonstrate:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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 sustainabilityAn ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teamsAn understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Quick Links

Annual student enrollment and graduation data is available in the annual UCEE reports available at http://www.seasoasa.ucla.edu/admissions/enrollment-degree-statistics-new.