CHG

Chemical
Engineering

Chemical engineering is at the intersection of many disciplines, linking knowledge of basic and applied sciences, economics, and health and safety. Chemical engineering graduates use a series of operations to sustainably process raw natural materials into finished products. They work in any number of industries and during their careers, they may face a variety of challenges, such as optimizing processes and monitoring pollution, converting waste materials into renewable energy, processing foods and drugs, and manufacturing new materials.

Career opportunities

  • Chemical engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Petrochemical engineer
  • Biotechnological engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Biomedical engineer

Salary estimates (entry level)

  • $58,096 - $80,273 [1]

Job placement rates

  • Employment rate 2 years after graduation: 91.7% [2]
Graduate programs
  • Master of Engineering (MEng) in Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering (MEng) in Environmental Engineering

  • Master of Applied Science (MASc) in:
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering with Specialization in Science, Society and Policy
    • Environmental Engineering

  • Doctorate (PhD) in Chemical Engineering
  • Doctorate (PhD) in Environmental Engineering
     

Options

Options available with this program

  • BASc in Chemical Engineering
  • BASc in Chemical Engineering, Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship Option
  • BASc in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering Option
  • BASc in Chemical Engineering and BSc in Computing Technology

Languages

  • This program is offered in English and in French.
    • All courses are offered in English.
    • French courses are available in first and second year, and are very limited in third and fourth year.

A preview of your studies

Course examples

  • Process Synthesis, Design and Economics
  • Process Control
  • Advanced Materials in Chemical Engineering
  • Clean Processes and Sustainable Development
  • Computer-Aided Design in Chemical Engineering
  • Plant Design Project

Consult and compare the course list of programs and options.

CO-OP (optional)

Examples of tasks at work

  • Design and implementation of design and monitoring software
  • Designing simple equipment
  • Energy and heat exchange problems
  • Fluid flow
  • General laboratory work
  • Heat and energy exchange reports
  • Pilot-project laboratory operations
  • Research projects

Salary (weekly)

  • Average: $695 [3]

Work term placement rates

  • 87.7% [4]

    More information

    From our students' perspective

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    Alex Poitras

    Fourth year, Chemical Engineering, CO-OP


    I started out my uOttawa adventure by being selected as the recipient of the Faculty of Engineering’s President’s Scholarship. This scholarship supported me financially throughout my studies and allowed me to focus more extensively on my studies. I had been very involved throughout high school and I was happy to find out, once I started, that the opportunities to get involved at uOttawa were almost endless. I became involved with the Chemical Engineering Student Society and became a student ambassador for the University. I also joined the CO -OP coordinating committee, where student representatives from various faculties meet with University staff to voice the concerns of fellow CO -OP students.

    Being in the CO -OP program, I had the opportunity to work at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station. I worked on various projects involving corrosion, flow accelerated corrosion, thermal fatigue, and heat exchanger and snubber inspections. Working in this field of chemical engineering made me a more versatile engineer, and I have gained a much better understanding of the realities of the engineering workplace. The CO -OP program is, in my opinion, the best way to acquire work experience before even graduating.


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    Midia Shikh Hassan

    Fourth year, Chemical Engineering


    I am involved with several entrepreneurial programs on campus that further enrich my education at the University of Ottawa. I coordinate the Difference Makers program and I am also involved with the Engineering Outreach program.

    Developing an entrepreneurial mindset and set of skills has allowed me to take part in the launch of several start-ups. One of my social ventures that started from the Difference Makers program is Dextra, which allows me to use my engineering and entrepreneurial skills to provide solutions for amputated war refugees, using the resources of the Richard L’Abbé Makerspace.

    As a woman studying engineering and as a mentor in the Women’s Startup Network in the Faculty of Engineering, I have become a strong advocate for women in this field. I was chosen as one of the panellists for the #BreakTheGlass campaign with United Nations Women, which aims to empower women, especially in the STEM fields.

    The Faculty’s entrepreneurial community has helped me to gain valuable experience in new, innovative fields and to find solutions to important issues. Overall, my community involvement has significantly enriched my student experience.

    Admissions at a glance

    Admission requirements

    Ontario

    General requirements

    A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics, except in Software Engineering, where a minimum of 70% is required for each prerequisite course.

    Students who do not have Calculus and Vectors 4U can take the replacement course at the University either the summer before or during their first term.

    Prerequisite courses

    Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
    Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    • Biology 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Physics 4U
    High 80s
    Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    • Two of the following:
      • Biology 4U
      • Chemistry 4U
      • Physics 4U
      • Earth and Space Science 4U
    Mid 80s
    Chemical Engineering
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Physics 4U
    Mid 80s
    Civil Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Computer Science
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    Low 80s
    Computer Science and Mathematics
    Computer Engineering
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Physics 4U
    Low 80s
    Electrical Engineering
    Physics and Electrical Engineering
    Software Engineering
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    • One of the following:
      • Biology 4U
      • Chemistry 4U
      • Computing 4U
      • Physics 4U
    Mid 80s
    Secondary V

    General requirements

    A minimum combined average of 84% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics.

    Students may be required to take up to two mathematics make-up courses at the University either the summer before or during their first year.

    Prerequisite courses

    Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
    Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
    • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
    • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
    • Chemistry (Sec. V)
    • Physics (Sec. V)
    • Science and Technology (with or without option) (Sec. IV)
    84%
    Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
    Physics and Electrical Engineering Mathematics
    Computer Science
    • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
    • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
    84%
    Computer Science and Mathematics
    Chemical Engineering
    • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
    • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
    • Chemistry (Sec. V)
    • Physics (Sec. V)
    84%
    Civil Engineering
    Computer Engineering
    Electrical Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Software Engineering
    • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
    • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
    • One of the following:
      • Science and Technology (with or without option) (Sec. IV)
      • Chemistry (Sec. V)
      • Physics (Sec. V)
    84%

    These are minimum requirements only. They are subject to change. Admission is not guaranteed.

    See the full undergraduate admission requirements for more information.

    CEGEP

    General requirements

    A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics, except in Software Engineering, where a minimum of 70% is required for each prerequisite course.

    Students who are missing the mathematics prerequisite are required to take up to two replacement courses at the University the summer before or during their first year.

    Prerequisite courses

    Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
    Computer Science
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    Low 70s
    Computer Science and Mathematics
    Computer Engineering
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    Low 70s
    Electrical Engineering
    Physics and Electrical Engineering Mathematics
    Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    • Two of the following:
      • Biology (101) General Biology I
      • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry of Organic Chemistry
      • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
      • Mathematics (201) Algebra I
    Mid 70s
    Chemical Engineering
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    Mid 70s
    Civil Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Software Engineering
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    • One of the following:
      • Biology (101) General Biology I
      • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry of Organic Chemistry
      • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
    Mid 70s
    Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Biology (101) General Biology
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    High 70s

    These are minimum requirements only. They are subject to change. Admission is not guaranteed.

    See the full undergraduate admission requirementsfor more information.

    Studying outside of Ontario or Quebec? Find your admission requirements.

    Admission averages vary between English and French programs. See the French page for the French program requirements.

    Contact us

    Do you have questions about this program?

    Julie Cormier-Doiron
    Liaison and Communications Officer
    Tel: 613-562-5800 ext. 6096
    genie.engineering@uOttawa.ca

    Jules Thibault
    Professor and Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies - Chemical and Biological Engineering
    Tel: 613-562-5800 ext. 6094
    jules.thibault@uOttawa.ca

    Undergraduate programs

    Not sure which program you should choose? You can always change your mind! As long as you meet the criteria, you can switch to another program even after starting your studies.

    References:

    1. jobbank.gc.ca: entry-level estimate calculated by compiling salary data by discipline (from low to average) in Canada to reflect industry earning.

    2. OSAP Ontario University Graduate Survey 2015-2016.

    3. coop.uottawa.ca: average of the program specific work terms average salaries. Salary average typically increase by work term. Calculated September 2017.

    4. CO-OP uOttawa: 2017.

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