Undergraduate Program

Degree: B.S. in chemical engineering

A rigorous chemistry curriculum, combined with fundamental engineering courses, will prepare you for chemical engineering careers in a variety of industries: pharmaceuticals, petroleum, electronics, consumer-products, food-processing, and more.

What can I do with a B.S. in chemical engineering?

As a chemical engineer, you can be involved in producing all kinds of goods, from plastics, textiles, and fertilizers, to processed foods and antibiotics. Chemical engineers work in new areas of biotechnology, including designing new methods to fight life-threatening diseases and more effective ways to deliver medications.

Our graduates have found career opportunities in government agencies, research laboratories, and academic institutions, and many advance to positions of considerable technical and managerial responsibility.

Why earn a B.S. in chemical engineering at Cornell?

Cornell offers unmatched depth and breadth of study. As you approach your senior year, you have the ability to customize your course selection and pave a professional or academic path that you’re excited about. Whether that path involves diving into the workforce or applying to graduate programs at top schools, you’ll complete the program with a thorough understanding of chemical engineering and you’ll be empowered to make an impact in an area that suits you well.

Robert Frederick Smith

I have had the privilege of being a Cornell graduate with a degree in chemical engineering... I credit much of my career success to being an engineer by training. Engineers solve problems and fix things.

— Robert Frederick Smith '85
Student working in a lab

Pursue your passions and make a difference

With a B.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell, you’ll gain specialized knowledge and practical experience. You’ll be equipped to perform well in an industry and field that’s perfect for you, and you’ll be on your way to developing products that can change people’s lives.

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