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Chemical Engineering

Adding value through innovative processing

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. They are in demand by industrial and research sectors, leading to many exciting work opportunities in Canada and abroad.

Program Options

Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Chemical Engineering

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Program Options: An "Option" within the College of Engineering is a prescribed set of courses that provides a concentration of specialized training in one particular field of study. Options are approved at the College level but are unique to Departments within the College, consisting of atleast 18 credit units, none of which are core courses taken by all students within the Department. 

Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Biochemical Option

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

Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Petroleum Option 

This option provides students the opportunity to take courses within the chemical engineering program that give them a focus on petroleum engineering, oil/gas engineering and bitumen upgrading. 

Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Mineral Processing Option

This option offers students the opportunity to focus their chemical engineering program in the areas of mineral processing and hydrometallurgy.

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Chemical Engineering: Is it for you?

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

Sample Classes

  • 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. 

Career Opportunities

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 pharmeceuticals 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

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