Chemical Engineering

Put your creativity and problem solving to the test.

Learn to engineer the products we use every day. Turn fuel into energy, waste into resources, and raw material into finished products in one of the largest chemical engineering departments in Canada, and one of the top 100 in the world.

You’ll develop expertise in chemistry and materials science — plus you’ll learn the systems analysis skills to design, implement, and manage processes from start to finish.

You’ll put that knowledge to work during your six co-op terms: creating an impressive résumé, exploring different career areas, and earning money to help pay for your education.

Admission requirements

Ontario students: six 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 90s

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First-year courses

September to December

  • CHE 100 - Chemical Engineering Concepts 1
  • CHE 102 - Chemistry for Engineers
  • CHE 120 - Computer Literacy and Programming for Chemical Engineers
  • CHE 180 - Design Studio 1
  • MATH 115 - Linear Algebra for Engineering
  • MATH 116 - Calculus 1 for Engineering

January to April or May to August

  • CHE 101 - Chemical Engineering Concepts 2
  • CHE 161 - Engineering Biology
  • CHE 181 - Design Studio 2
  • MATH 118 - Calculus 2 for Engineering
  • PHYS 115 - Mechanics
  • One Complementary Studies Elective

After first year

Sample upper-year courses

CHE 241 – Materials Science and Engineering
CHE 361 – Bioprocess Engineering
CHE 425 – Strategies for Process Improvement and Product Development
CHE 571 – Industrial Ecology


Chemical Engineering at Waterloo

Part of Canada's largest engineering school, the department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo is home to more than 1,200 students, faculty and staff, with thousands of alumni worldwide.

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grad capEarn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree


Co-op = relevant paid work experience

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 job titles

  • Manufacturing engineering / continuous improvement
  • Data analyst
  • Reliability engineering
  • Production coordinator
  • Quality project coordinator
  • Process analyst
  • Supply chain assistant

Sample co-op employers

  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Suncor Energy
  • Alchemy
  • Metrolinx
  • J.D. Irving Limited
  • Johnson & Johnson Inc.
  • Mondelez International

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Money flowerStudents earn $17,800 on average per co-op term


Waterloo chemical engineering student working in a laboratory

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

What can I do with a degree in Chemical Engineering?

When you graduate, you’ll find no shortage of career options in pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, mining, oil and gas, food processing, health care, automotive, manufacturing, quality assurance, and more.

Recent graduates

  • Process Engineer – HEC Technologies
  • Engineer – Canadian Natural Resources
  • Quality Specialist – Labatt Breweries of Canada
  • Engineering Coordinator – Arla Foods 
  • Production Engineer – Apotex Pharmaceuticals
  • Process Specialist – Maple Leaf Foods 
  • Project Engineer – ABC Group

Possible professional designation

For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in engineering.

Hone your lab skills

Learn how to conduct investigations in the areas of fluid mechanics, bioseparations, and electrochemistry using our hands-on labs.

Make new friends

Waterloo’s Engineering Society organizes everything from board game nights and free movies to charity grilled cheese lunches and yoga lessons.


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