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.

CourseDescription

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
INDG 107* Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies

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

* 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. 

We have an excellent undergraduate chemical engineering laboratory, superb faculty and first-rate support staff. You will have the opportunity to specialize in petroleum or biochemical engineering.

Education in our college is about more than sending you home with challenging assignments. You will 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 creating an art display or 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.

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 studentsInternational students
Tuition $8,172 $21,247
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $10,507 $23,582

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).
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

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.)

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree is a four year program offered by the College of Engineering.

While you complete your Bachelor degree, you can also enhance your experience with the following options:

This option provides specialization in sciences/engineering courses that apply to traditional bioprocessing industries such as food and beverage processing, enzyme production, biofuels and pharmaceuticals. 

The Chemical and Biological Engineering Mineral Processing Option offers you the opportunity to take six courses that focus on the discipline of mineral processing.
The petroleum option provides you the opportunity to take courses that focus on petroleum engineering, oil/gas engineering and bitumen upgrading. 
You will learn how to negotiate the political, rhetorical, ethical and interpersonal challenges of communicating in a professional environment. You can complete this certificate during your Bachelor of Engineering degree.

The Engineering Professional Internship Program is a full-time internship opportunity which includes a minimum of eight months of professionally supervised work experience. By participating in an internship, you're able to apply the theoretical knowledge you've acquired during your undergraduate studies in a practical and challenging workplace environment.

As an intern you will earn a competitive salary and vacation pay, and may receive a benefits package. You will maintain your full-time student status during your internship. Interns gain practical and in-depth experience within a specialized field, develop strong interpersonal skills, write reports, present seminars and supervise others. These are employable skills that will allow you to better market yourself in a competitive job market. 

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

Start term Early AdmissionFinal Deadline
Fall
September 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 1, 2017
Feb 15, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018

You can also begin this program in May or July. The deadlines for the Fall (September) term apply.

Ready to apply?

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

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