Design a sustainable future
Re-engineer the products we use every day: energy, food, medicine, and so much more.
In one of Canada's top Chemical Engineering programs (Maclean's 2022 University Guide), you’ll enhance your knowledge of physics, chemistry, biology, and math with engineering design and problem-solving skills. You’ll learn to transform raw materials into useful products as well as to design and control complex physical and chemical processes.
Through North America's largest co-op program, you can apply your transferable skills in a wide range of jobs that support the transition to sustainable energy, minimize pollution, maximize food productions, enable a circular economy, enhance health care, and more.
During your six co-op terms, you'll be able to create an impressive résumé, explore potential career areas, and earn money to help pay for your education.
- An experiential approach. Learn to conduct investigations in the areas of fluid mechanics, bioprocesses, electrochemistry, and more using our hands-on labs.
- Benefit from multiple perspectives. Combine your knowledge of physics, chemistry, biology, and math with engineering design and problem-solving skills.
- Offered as a co-op program only
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering with an option for specialization
- Offered through the Faculty of Engineering
Chemical Engineering at Waterloo
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take a mix of engineering, math, biology, chemistry, and physics courses. In upper years, you'll learn to design batteries, optimize and control chemical and biological processes, and design separation processes.
Learn more about courses you'll take for your Chemical Engineering degree.
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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
- Research assistant
- Materials scientist
- Process specialist
- Quality project coordinator
- Project manager
- Supply chain assistant
Sample co-op employers
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Natural Resources Canada
- Ecomaterials Inc.
- Novocol Pharmaceutical of Canada Inc.
- Johnson & Johnson Inc.
- GBatteries Energy Canada Inc.
- Mondelez International
What can I do with a degree in Chemical Engineering?
When you graduate, you’ll find no shortage of career options in various sectors like biomedicine, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food processing, automotive, environmental remediation, and renewable energy. Our Entrepreneurship Option gives you the skills to go off the beaten path and create your own startup.
- Test systems engineer – Tesla
- Process specialist – Maple Leaf Foods
- Supply chain analyst – Estee Lauder Inc.
- Associate project manager – Natural Resources Canada
- Production engineer – Apotex Pharmaceuticals
- Laboratory technologist – University Health Network
- Design engineer – Evercloak
Possible professional designation
Learn about the future of careers in engineering.
Student life, including Women in Engineering
Student design teams
Have fun and develop hands-on experience through one or more of our 25+ student-led design teams!
Design teams include rocketry, concrete canoe, robotics, solar car, submarine racing, autonomous vehicle, Space X Hyperloop, Engineers Without Borders, and more.
Women in Engineering
Women in Engineering (WiE) supports female students and engineers while encouraging the next generation of women to pursue careers in engineering.
Any student is also welcome to join Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (WiSTEM), a student-run club that promotes equality in STEM through skills workshops, discussions, and guest speakers.
Engineering Society (EngSoc)
EngSoc is run by students for students and provides many social and academic events and services to make your experience as a Waterloo Engineering student the best it can be.
Benefit from mentoring for first-year students or get involved and meet other students through an annual conference, semiformal, career fair, charity events, community outreach, and much more!
Our campus is packed with opportunities to get involved – no matter how unique your interests.
Between our 200+ student-run clubs, sports and recreation opportunities, student government, and events, student life at Waterloo has something for everyone.
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 mid- to high 80s
Complete the Admission Information Form once you've applied.
Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements.
How to apply
Apply directly to this program on your application.
- Visit our Chemical Engineering program website