The Dan F. Smith Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering was among the first at Lamar University to seek accreditation for its undergraduate program. The bachelor's program in chemical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,,under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Chemical, Biochemical, Biomolecular, and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.
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Program Educational Objectives

Constituents: Current students, alumni, employers, and faculty

The chemical engineering program educational objectives are to produce exceptional graduates who within a few years after graduation:

  1. Advance professionally with increasing leadership and responsibility beyond entry level in an industry relevant to chemical engineering.
  2. Contribute to organizational objectives with significant societal benefits in an environmentally and ethically responsible manner.
  3. Engage in life-long learning through professional activities and training, the pursuit of higher educational degrees, and/or individual professional development.

Student Outcomes

The student outcomes used by the chemical engineering program are those published in the ABET “Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs” document.  Those outcomes are as follows:

  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.

Program Criteria

The Chemical Engineering Program criterion as listed in the ABET "Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs" is as follows:


The curriculum must provide a thorough grounding in the basic sciences including chemistry, physics, and/or biology, with some content at an advanced level, as appropriate to the objectives of the program. The curriculum must include the engineering application of these basic sciences to the design, analysis, and control of chemical, physical, and/or biological processes, including the hazards associated with these processes.


The mission of the Department of Chemical Engineering is to provide students with high quality, accessible undergraduate and graduate chemical engineering education; to engage and empower students with skills and knowledge to thrive in professional careers; and to serve society through economic and technological development of Southeast Texas and beyond.

Year Status Total Undergrad Chemical Declared Major Chemical Graduates
2017 FT 305 120 43
PT 101
2016 FT 343 114 35
PT 80
2015 FT 384 88 34
PT 69
2014 FT 347 74 32
PT 40
2013 FT 314 54 24
PT 37

Total Undergrad: 
This number represents all undergraduate Chemical Engineering students.
Chemical Declared Major: This number represents the number of students who have reached junior or senior level.