Undergraduate Program Outcomes

Educational Objectives of the B.S. Program in Chemical Engineering

The Undergraduate Program in the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Cornell University is a learning community that seeks to serve society by educating the leaders of tomorrow and extending the frontiers of knowledge. The faculty and staff of the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, as members of this community, affirm these objectives. Specifically, the Smith School is committed to excellence and seeks to graduate chemical engineers who, collectively:

  • assume leadership positions in technology-based industries;
  • conceive, design, and realize useful products, systems, and services, properly respecting economic, environmental, cultural, life safety, and ethical standards or constraints;
  • discover and apply new knowledge, and develop new tools for the practice of engineering;
  • complete programs of graduate and/or professional studies and continue to learn throughout their lives;
  • are valued in their careers, whether for mastery of the disciplines central to chemical engineering or for the broader analytical or creative abilities fostered by their engineering education; and
  • engage with their communities, profession, and the world.

These Program Educational Objectives describe long-term accomplishments for which we seek to prepare our graduates. Progress toward these objectives is expected to be measurable within three to five years of graduation.

Student Outcomes in Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering curriculum is designed to facilitate the following student outcomes, which collectively prepare graduates to attain the educational objectives of the chemical engineering program:

Upon completion of the B.S. degree, Chemical Engineering students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Outcome #1:  The ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex bio/biomedical engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, computer science, mathematics, and statistics.
  • Outcome #2: The 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. 
  • Outcome #3: The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences. 
  • Outcome #4: The 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.  
  • Outcome #5: The 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.
  • Outcome #6: The ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Outcome #7: The ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Enrollment Data:

ACADEMIC YEAR20172018201920202021
Affiliated Juniors and Seniors in CBE188171137134117
CBE Undergraduate Degrees Conferred8993716268