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Is chemical engineering right for me?

Chemical engineers work with chemical change and chemical processing. They develop ways to produce chemicals, or design, build, and operate a chemical production plant. They search for new sources of energy or work to clean up the environment. Chemical engineers also play an important role in new technologies such as semiconductor processing and biotechnology or in the development of new materials such as polymers and ceramics.

Whether you're looking to take your first steps in the field as an undergraduate or you're an experienced engineer looking to transition into academia with a PhD, CBE can help get you there. 

CBE degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)— Offers a rigorous chemistry curriculum combined with fundamental engineering courses, research opportunities, and electives
  • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) — A flexible one-year program that prepares students for professional, technical careers in chemical engineering
  • Master of Science (M.S.) — A research-based degree, typically two years in length, that prepares students for PhD programs or a career in chemical engineering research
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering — Develops world-class researchers who will make self-directed, original contributions to the field of chemical engineering in preparation for careers in academia

Sound like a good fit? Explore our degree programs.

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Robert F. Smith gift expands STEM access for underrepresented students

As he accepted his Distinguished Alumni Award from Cornell Engineering on May 13, Robert F. Smith ’85, founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, announced a new gift of $15 million for engineering student aid, with a focus on assisting undergraduate students who come to Cornell from urban high schools, and graduate students who attended historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Read more about Robert F. Smith gift expands STEM access for underrepresented students

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Reunion 2022

8:30 - 10:00 am: Smith School Alumni Reunion Breakfast 128 Olin Hall Join CBE for a chance to engage with members of the department and fellow alumni. 12:00 - 1:00 pm: State of the College with Dean... Read more about Reunion 2022

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