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Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) of the chemical engineering program at the University of Kentucky are statements that describe what are students are expected to attain or accomplish within three to five years after graduation.

A few years after graduation, graduates of the chemical engineering program will:

  • Excel in their chosen career pathways, as practicing chemical engineers or through the pursuit of advanced technical or professional degrees.
  • Impact their profession through effective leadership that promotes diversity and inclusion, communication, teamwork, and creative solution strategies to address global and societal issues.
  • Apply their engineering training to contribute to health, safety, equity, and the environmental and economic well-being of their communities.
  • Be professionally responsible, ethical, and seek out continuing education, professional development and career advancement opportunities to positively impact society.

Student Outcomes (SOs)

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  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
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  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.
  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
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Enrollment and Graduation

AY Fall Enrollment* Spring Enrollment* Graduates**
  CME College CME College CME College
2023-24 265 3136        
2022-23 299 3,085 288 2,812 79 667
2021-22 337 3,079 316 2,768 62 587
2020-21 357 3,192 337 2,858 72 616
2019-20 423 3,336 399 2,999 87 601
2018-19 439 3,398 401 2,986 77 653
2017-18 372 3,382 396 3,102 87 623

*Some of our first-year students enter undeclared and are not included in Fall and Spring enrollments for the individual programs but are included in the College numbers. Enrollment numbers include Paducah.

**Graduates include December, May and August. For example, 2017-18 graduates are December 2017, May 2018 and August 2018. Program graduation numbers do not include Paducah students.

*Includes Paducah students: 2021 – 38, 2020 – 43, 2019 – 42, 2018 – 40, 2017 – 37 (Fall Enrollment). 2021 - 39, 2020 - 33, 2019 - 41, 2018 - 37, 2017 - 42 (Spring Enrollment).