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.
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 6 co-op terms: creating an impressive résumé, exploring different career areas, and earning money to help pay for your education.
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, and more.
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.
About the Chemical Engineering program
Gain 2 years of experience in the co-op program
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree
Engineering school in Canada (US News & World Report 2018)
Offered through the Faculty of Engineering
Students earn $17,800 on average per co-op term
Chemical Engineering 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 90s
- An Admission Information Form is required
- Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements
First-year Chemical Engineering 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 - Chemical Engineering 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 - Chemical Engineering Design Studio 2
MATH 118 - Calculus 2 for Engineering
PHYS 115 - Mechanics
1 Complementary Studies Elective
After first year
- See the range of courses available in Chemical Engineering.
- View all the courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year Chemical Engineering courses
Gain relevant work experience through co-op
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
- Process Engineering Intern
- Environmental Engineering
- Research Assistant
- Extraction Process Engineering
- Business Process Manager
Sample co-op employers
- Suncor Energy
- Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
- University of Waterloo
- K.I. Abdulkadir & Partners Co Ltd
Careers in Chemical Engineering
- 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
- Visit the Chemical Engineering website