About Chemical Engineering

Welcome to Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Our department is one of the largest of its kind in Canada, providing a broad range of educational and research opportunities.

A Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo provides an excellent starting point to launch a variety of rewarding careers. Chemical Engineers are at the forefront of technology, and their role in modern society is becoming increasingly important.

Chemical Engineering is the discipline that manipulates matter at the molecular level. Therefore, Chemical Engineers create new and advanced materials. Chemical Engineering is involved in almost every product society relies upon. As a Chemical Engineer, you could build the batteries of the future, create novel biomedical devices, design smart materials for robotics, tackle climate change and enable a circular economy.

The professors in Waterloo's Department of Chemical Engineering are leaders in their fields.They will expose you to the latest developments and help you obtain a solid basis in the engineering fundamentals. Our department has nine Research Chairs.

The undergraduate program benefits from the co-operative education model, offering the best mix of classroom learning and practical experience. For additional information on co-op education, visit the Faculty of Engineering’s Experience Co-op and the Co-operative and Experiential Education office's  Co-operative Education webpages. 

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