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Chemical Engineering at Waterloo

At a glance

  • Available as a co-op program only
  • Starts in first year so apply directly to this program on your application
  • Earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Offered by the Faculty of Engineering
  • Waterloo's Chemical Engineering program is ranked in the top 100 worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2016)

About the program

Chemical engineers transform raw materials into useful products in a vast array of industries, including pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, mining, oil and gas, environmental, automotive, health care, and food processing.

Waterloo provides a flexible program with opportunities to specialize in emerging areas like biomedical and biotechnology. You'll learn to design, implement, and supervise processes where matter is transformed - from fuel to energy, from raw materials to finished product, or from waste to useful by-products.

The department is one of the largest chemical engineering departments in Canada, with over 35 professors whose research and consulting enrich your classes.

Female student working in lab

Gain 2 years of paid co-op work experience, earn money to help pay for your education, and try out different career areas through the world's largest co-op program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario students: 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
    • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Admission averages: Individual selection from the low to mid-90s
  • An Admission Information Form is required
  • Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements database.

First-year courses

September to December

CHE 100 - Chemical Engineering Concepts 1
CHE 102 - Chemistry for Engineers
MATH 115 - Linear Algebra for Engineering
MATH 116 - Calculus 1 for Engineering
PHYS 115 - Mechanics

January to April or May to August

CHE 101 - Chemical Engineering Concepts 2
CHE 121 - Engineering Computation
CHE 161 - Engineering Biology
GENE 123 - Electrical Circuits and Instrumentation
MATH 118 - Calculus 2 for Engineering
One Complementary Studies Elective Course

What other courses will you take?


By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.

Sample co-op positions

  • Process Engineering Intern, Suncor Energy
  • Environmental Engineering, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
  • Research Assistant, University of Waterloo
  • Extraction Process Engineering, Suncor Energy
  • Business Process Manager, K.I. Abdulkadir & Partners Co Ltd

Co-op work/study sequences

  Fall Winter Spring
First year School School Co-op
Second year School Co-op School
Third year Co-op School Co-op
Fourth year School Co-op School
Final year Co-op School  

Fall = September to December, Winter = January to April, Spring = May to August
School = 4-month school term
Co-op = 4-month co-op work term

There is a second work-study sequence where co-op starts in the winter of first year.


Recent graduates

  • Drilling Engineer, Husky Energy
  • Polymer Engineer, Kingspan Insulated Panels
  • Area Leader/Process Engineer, Proctor & Gamble
  • Chemical Engineer, NOVA Chemicals
  • Founder, Kiwi Wearables
  • Metallurgist, Goldcorp
  • Project Development Engineer, Shell Canada

Possible professional designation

Learn more about Chemical Engineering