ABET Accreditation

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.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) of the Biological Engineering Major are to:

  • 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.

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

  • Demonstrate in their professional practice strong technical abilities, leadership, communication, and teamwork;  
  • Engage in lifelong learning through the pursuit of advanced degrees and/or other opportunities for professional development outside of the classroom; 
  • Contribute to the design, construction, operation of solutions to societal problems involving environmental systems; 
  • Demonstrate commitment to professional and ethical norms prioritizing public health and safety, environmental protection, and sustainability. 

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.

Student Outcomes (SOs)

For both majors, the following Student Outcomes (SOs) are assessed:

  • Outcome 1: students have the ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Outcome 2: students have the 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.
  • Outcome 3: students have the ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Outcome 4: students have the 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.
  • Outcome 5: students have the 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. 
  • Outcome 6: students have the ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Outcome 7: students have the ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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