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ABET Information

The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering offers two accredited engineering BS degrees.  Our Biological Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) of the Biological Engineering major are to prepare graduates who:

  • Become valued in their work related to Biological Engineering and associated fields and professions;
  • Pursue advanced degrees in engineering and related professional fields, and engage in lifelong learning outside the classroom;
  • Develop and exhibit leadership qualities in their professional engineering work;
  • Contribute to the improvement of their communities, their profession, and the world;
  • Communicate effectively in a range of situations, both inside and outside the biological engineering field;
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of professional, ethical, and civic responsibility in all endeavors, holding paramount the health and safety of the public and the protection of the environment.

These PEOs describe our long-term aspirations for our students as they transition from full time learning into professional practice. PEOs are skills, behaviors and accomplishments for which we seek to prepare our graduates, and towards which we intend them to progress within three to five years after graduation.

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) of the Environmental Engineering major are to:

  • Produce graduates who demonstrate in their professional practice strong technical abilities and advance in careers in Environmental Engineering and related disciplines;
  • Produce graduates who will complete advanced degrees in engineering and related professional fields;
  • Produce graduates who assume leadership positions, and contribute to understanding environmental problems and the design, construction, and operation of solutions of societal problems involving environmental systems.

For both majors, the following Student Outcomes (SOs) are assessed:
(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
(d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary 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
(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
(ℓ-b) an ability to integrate modern biology with engineering principles (used in BE program)
(ℓ-e) an ability to create sustainable solutions in the context of a complex natural environment (used in EnvE program)

Program Numbers (Graduating Seniors)

  Total
BEE Dept Graduates
  BE   EnvE
(Includes CEE Dept Graduates)
2010 88   76   15
2011 100   90   19
2012 117   105   21
2013 94   77   24
2014 88   78   26
2015 111   97   39
2016 87   72   30