Produce the things that society relies on
Learn to engineer the products we use every day: energy, food, medicine, and so much more.
In one of Canada's top Chemical Engineering programs (Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021), 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 production, and enhance health care.
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, bioseparations, and electrochemistry 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
- Offered through the Faculty of Engineering
Chemical Engineering at Waterloo
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take a mix of Chemical Engineering, math, and physics courses. In upper years, most of your classes will be in Chemical Engineering.
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
- 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
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
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 20+ 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 low 90s
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.