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.

Studies made for you

Options with this program
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.
Course examples
  • Process Synthesis, Design and Economics
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Process Control
  • Plant Design Project

Consult and compare the course list of programs and options.

  • Advanced Materials in Chemical Engineering
  • Clean Processes and Sustainable Development
  • Computer-Aided Design in Chemical Engineering
  • Biochemical Engineering
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Benjamin King / Chemical Engineering (2019) with CO-OP

"I recommend the University of Ottawa because it provides opportunities to do undergraduate research with exceptional professors and to pursue diverse employment opportunities through the CO-OP program."


CO-OP employers:

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Anick St-Denis / Third year, Chemical Engineering

"My program allows me to work in an exciting field where I can use my knowledge and apply it to industry. I am learning in a stimulating environment both on the theoretical and practical level, which will definitely help me in my future career."


Internship employers:

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Enhance your studies

CO-OP (optional)

Experience your future career and help fund your studies with the CO-OP program. With the Co-operative Education (CO-OP) Program, you can gain hands-on experience in your field of study while you complete your degree.

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
CO-OP salary and placement rate

Salary (hourly rate)

  • From $14 to $33.87

Learn more about salaries

Work term placement rates

  • 89.6%
Some of our employers include
  • BASF
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Evonik Oil Additives Canada Inc.
  • Health Canada
  • Husky Energy Inc.
  • Imperial Oil Ltd.
  • Ingredion Canada Corporation
  • National Research Council Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Suncor Energy Inc.
  • University of Ottawa
More information

Things to know

Admission requirements

Ontario

General requirements

A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics.

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 to Mid 90s
Computer Science and Mathematics
Data Science
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
High 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
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
Data Science
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 in science and mathematics.

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
Mid 70s
Computer Science and Mathematics
Data Science
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
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
Low 80s
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
Low 80s

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

See the full undergraduate admission requirementsfor more information.

Not studying in an Ontario or Quebec high school? Find your admission requirements.

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

Opportunities with this degree

Career opportunities
  • Chemical engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Petrochemical engineer
  • Biotechnological engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
Salary and placement rate

Estimated salary

  • $69,460 - $91,278 [1]

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Job placement rates

  • Employment rate 2 years after graduation: 89.6% [2]

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Graduate studies

This Engineering field offers many possibilities to students.

If you have any more questions about this field, we invite you to get in touch with the Undergraduate Studies Office or the Career Development Centre.

Contact us

Julie Cormier-Doiron
Liaison and Communications Officer
genie.engineering@uOttawa.ca

Jules Thibault
Professor and Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies - Chemical and Biological Engineering
jules.thibault@uOttawa.ca

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