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.
- 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.
September to December
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?
- See the range of courses available in Chemical Engineering. You can also view a list of the courses you’ll be required to take for your degree.
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 = September to December, Winter = January to April, Spring = May to August
There is a second work-study sequence where co-op starts in the winter of first year.
- 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