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The Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in chemical engineering which combines the passion for chemistry and mathematics with the principles of engineering and problem-solving. This highly flexible program combines strong fundamentals in science with the practical skills that professional engineers need.

B.S. degree graduates go on to succeed in a broad range of engineering jobs and in graduate programs. Like other Cornellians, CBE graduates often earn higher starting salaries than their peers from many other schools and are accepted into top graduate schools. Going into their senior year, it is possible to change the requirements and adapt the degree to many different professional paths. Our students choose to go into paths including medical schools, 

One can tailor the program to meet particular career or research interests. For example, if a student is interested in the life sciences arena, there is a robust roster of courses that prepare one for work in bioprocess engineering, biomedical engineering, pharmaceutical processing, and other biologically oriented areas of expertise.

If the interests lie more in the processing of microelectronics, polymers, and other complex fluids, the student will find numerous electives that enable him/her to specialize in these technologically important areas of research, development and manufacturing. 

If the passion is in ensuring the development and distribution of earth-friendly energy or related sustainable economic development, he/she will be able to take the right courses to make a knowledgeable engineer and valued environmental steward.

Explore our curriculum to see what’s available to you at CBE.

Contact information for the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering:

Carol Casler
226 Olin Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853-5201
Phone: (607) 255-1489
Fax: (607) 255-9166

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