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.
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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September to December
January to April or May to August
After first year
Sample upper-year courses
Chemical Engineering at Waterloo
Gain two years of experience in the co-op program
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn 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
- J.D. Irving Limited
- Johnson & Johnson Inc.
- Mondelez International
in Canada for engineering (US News & World Report 2019)
Offered through the Faculty of Engineering
Students earn $17,800 on average per co-op term
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.
- 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.