The Swarthmore College Engineering Program’s bachelor of science in engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, https://www.abet.org.
The Swarthmore Engineering Program Educational Objectives and Program Outcomes have been developed with input from the faculty and other stakeholders, and are consistent with ABET Criterion 2 and 3. Its assessment processes have been established to ensure that our graduates achieve the Program Objectives and Outcomes and to develop and improve the Engineering program.
Program Educational Objectives (PEO)
Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that our program is preparing graduates to achieve in their early careers.
Graduates of our program approximately five years after graduation will be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- apply critical thinking and engage in lifelong learning to acquire expertise in unfamiliar or unexplored fields quickly and effectively;
- adapt to changing technology and career demands;
- make connections across engineering subfields and between engineers and non-engineers;
- communicate and collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds and contribute to a more inclusive future of engineering; and
- consider the social, ethical, and environmental impacts of systems in both analysis and design.
Student Learning Outcomes
Student learning outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to demonstrate by the time of graduation.
Swarthmore graduates with the Bachelor of Science degree in engineering will have:
an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
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
an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
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
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
an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
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