June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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The AIChE Education Division survey committee continues the tradition of an annual national survey to better understand the current state of a particular aspect of the chemical engineering curriculum. In 2013, the committee asked departments about chemical engineering electives. This paper summarizes the results from the multiple choice survey as well as from selected answers to a long-‐form follow up survey sent to volunteer departments. We defined “chemical engineering electives” as courses offered by the chemical engineering department or faculty that may be taken by undergraduate students but are not specifically required in order to graduate. The word that best fits chemical engineering electives is “diverse”. It might be argued that the clearest differentiator between chemical engineering undergraduate programs is the set of areas highlighted by their elective offerings. Nearly 100 different elective course topics were reported by the 96 programs responding to the survey. The most popular topical offerings are in Polymer Science, Bioprocess Engineering, Nanomaterials, and Advanced Transport. Typically, undergraduates are expected to take 2-‐3 chemical engineering elective courses, although the range spans from zero to 6. It should be noted that the programs requiring zero chemical engineering electives usually require instead “technical”, “engineering”, or “science” electives in similar quantity to the chemical engineering electives offered by other departments. In addition to the numerical summary results, we will also report on department chairs’ responses to the administrative question of how topics are selected, integrated, or removed from year to year.
Vigeant, M. A., & Silverstein, D. L. (2014, June), Results from the AIChE Education Annual Survey: Chemical Engineering Electives Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22983
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