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Chemical Engineering at Waterloo

Grab your lab coat and get ready to create real magic.

Learn to how to 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 to use mass spectrometers, x-ray diffractometers, thermal gravimetric analyzers, and loads of other high-tech gear in our analytical instrumentation laboratory.

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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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.

About Chemical Engineering

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#1Engineering school in Canada (US News & World Report 2016)

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


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 high 80s
  • 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 
MATH 116 - Calculus 1 
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
MATH 118 - Calculus 2 for Engineering
1 Complementary Studies Elective

After first year


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

Careers in Chemical Engineering

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

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