Undergraduate Program

The Chemical Engineering degree at Columbia is a passport to many challenging careers. The undergraduate experience includes course work, independent research experience and a host of departmental activities.

The following is an overview of our program and assessment processes.

Mission Statement of the Department of Chemical Engineering

The Mission of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University is to provide an outstanding academic and research experience to students to prepare them to meet the needs and challenges of the 21st century.

Educational Objectives:

The objectives of the Chemical Engineering program at the Columbia University are:

  • to prepare students for careers in industries that require technical expertise in chemical engineering.
  • to prepare students to assume leadership positions in industries that require technical expertise in chemical engineering.
  • to enable students to pursue graduate-level studies in chemical engineering and related technical or scientific fields (e.g. biomedical or environmental engineering, materials science).
  • to provide a strong foundation for students to pursue alternative career paths, especially careers in business, management, finance, law, medicine or education.
  • to establish in students a commitment to life-long learning and service within their chosen profession and society.

Student Outcomes:

Upon graduation, we expect our students to have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Enrollment and Graduation Statistics:

As of Spring 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Sophomore 34 38 28 32 36 -
Junior 36 36 45 34 49 -
Senior 29 36 37 44 30 -
Graduated 29 35 37 44 30 -
Percent Graduated 100% 97% 100% 100% 100% -


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