About

Chemical engineers—sometimes known as process engineers—design, implement and improve technology to make life more comfortable and safe, while minimizing the effect that we have on the environment.


Quick facts
  • Four year degree
  • Full-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

The undergraduate program presents a challenging and interesting workload. The first two years of classes are based upon core engineering subjects. The third and fourth years of classes are specialized in technical and design-based principles. We offer the advantage of small classes, large lab facilities, superb faculty and excellent support staff.

A first-year schedule sample

All first year engineering students will take a common set of classes before entering a specialization, such as chemical engineering, in their second year.

Course Description

Fall Term
CHEM 114 General Chemistry for Engineers
COMM 102 Introduction to Business Management
GE 101 Introduction to the Engineering Profession
GE 111 Engineering Problem Solving
GE 124 Engineering Mechanics I
MATH 123 Calculus I for Engineers

Winter Term
GE 121 Engineering Design
GE 125 Engineering Mechanics II
MATH 124 Calculus II for Engineers
PHYS 155 Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
CHEM 115* General Chemistry II Chemical Processes
INDG 107* Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies

* These are elective courses. You'll have a number of courses to choose between.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program. 

Here are just a few of the classes you might take while you complete this degree:

CHE 220: Introduction to Process Engineering
The lectures and problems will illustrate the use of energy and material balances in chemical and biochemical engineering processes.

CHE 323: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Topics include the treatment of vapour-liquid equilibria at high pressures, expansion and compression of fluids, steam power-plant cycles, liquefaction of gases and refrigeration.

CHE 326: Plant Design Project
Students will work in teams and perform a detailed design of a chemical engineering process including plant layout, Process Flow Diagram (PFD), material and energy balances, simulation, equipment sizing, costing, safety, and economics. Each student will act as team manager for a specific phase of the project. Projects will be provided by the course instructor.

Hands-on learning
You will use state-of-the-art technology in the lab to learn, experiment and test your ideas. From our wind tunnel to our anechoic chamber, our facilities can help you make textbook concepts tangible.

You can work with students from your classes and other disciplines to get the most from your education, whether working on homework, building a space elevator, racecar, remote control plane or art display, or finishing a design project.

Capstone Design Project
You will complete several design projects throughout your degree, but perhaps the most exciting is the fourth-year Capstone Design Project. The Capstone Design Project allows you to apply top-down design principles to a year-long project, starting with a basic description of the product or system and culminating in a presentation of a final working design. You will gain first-hand experience in the application of a formal design process while earning credit toward your degree.

Getting Involved
Our engineering students have a reputation for helping out and supporting our local community, the world’s developing nations and everywhere in between. Our students have accomplished amazing things in the areas of space design, mining competitions and agricultural design, and have been involved in projects where they aim to make a difference in developing nations through providing access to clean water, food and sustainable energies.

Whether you are interested in refining your creativity skills by collaborating with art students, developing a product to help someone with accessibility needs, traveling across the world to help build a well in Africa or designing/building a race car or airplane, we have a student group for you!

Academic support
The Engineering Student Centre works very hard to support students academically through advising and administering facilitated study sessions every week.

Careers

With a degree in chemical engineering, you can have an exciting career in many areas, including the following:

  • designing clean energy systems
  • devising innovative fuel and biological fuel cells
  • solving environmental and pollution problems
  • producing pharmaceuticals within the biotechnology sector
  • devising technologies to extract and refine metals and minerals
  • improving food, beverage and drug processing
  • designing and operating petroleum and petrochemical plants
  • developing enhanced oil recovery systems and carbon-capture processes
  • building software to simulate chemical and biochemical systems and processes

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $8,067 $22,023
Fees $947 $947
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $10,514 $24,470

Tuition will vary depending  on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2019-2020 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
Spring
May 2019
Apr 1, 2019
Documents due: May 1, 2019
Feb 1, 2019
Documents due: Mar 1, 2019
Summer
July 2019
May 1, 2019
Documents due: Jun 1, 2019
Mar 1, 2019
Documents due: Apr 1, 2019
Fall
September 2019
Jun 1, 2019
Documents due: Jun 15, 2019
Jun 1, 2019
Documents due: Jun 15, 2019
Canadian students International students
Tuition $8,067 $22,023
Fees $947 $947
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $10,514 $24,470

Tuition will vary depending  on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2019-2020 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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