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Chemical Engineering

Undergraduate Programs


Queen's Engineering and Applied Science programs have a common first year, regardless of which of the ten engineering disciplines you choose to pursue. The common first year is designed to provide you with the necessary scientific and mathematical background to enter second year Engineering and Applied Science, while simultaneously introducing you to engineering.

Chemical Engineering is the most universal and versatile of engineering disciplines.

Chemical Engineers apply physical sciences (chemistry, physics) and biological sciences together with mathematics to

  • Design processes which convert raw materials or chemicals into value-added materials.
  • Develop new advanced materials.
  • Design chemical, biochemical, biomedical and biotechnology based processes for large-scale manufacture

Chemical Engineers are in demand in almost every imaginable sector of the economy. Many start their careers as process engineers, working in the design and operation of manufacturing plants, and then progress to key management positions in their firms. Some move into consulting or technical sales positions. Chemical Engineers also move into non-engineering careers such as law, medicine, management and finance.

Biochemical Engineering is an expanding field where chemical engineers link chemical process knowledge to biotechnology areas. As a Biochemical Engineer you might develop an economical process to commercialize a newly developed pharmaceutical product by a genetically engineered microorganism, you may manage or design a wastewater treatment facility to meet environmental norms or you may remediate an already polluted area.

Chemical Engineers:

  • Seek new sources of clean energy, manage renewable and non-renewable energy resources and develop sustainable processes.
  • Treat harmful waste and emissions, develop environmental remediation techniques, and purify drinking water.
  • Develop materials and products including petrochemicals, foods, consumer goods, pulp and paper, agricultural products, polymers, pharmaceuticals
  • Design life-saving devices such as the artificial kidney and angioplasty catheters
  • Provide know-how for chemical processing of computer chips and integrated circuits in the electronics industry and nanotechnology sectors

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Engineering Chemistry, is a unique program in North America that provides in-depth knowledge of chemistry in addition to the Chemical Engineering core knowledge.

More than a century old, this program is offered by the Department of Chemical Engineering with the close cooperation of the Department of Chemistry. It is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board as an engineering discipline and the Canadian Society for Chemistry as a chemistry program. Students are therefore trained as both scientists and engineers.

Engineering Chemistry graduates are experts in the chemistry behind industrial processes and combine a strong background in both chemistry and chemical engineering to treat problems of industrial interest. The curriculum integrates a core of chemistry with a body of engineering in a manner that allows chemical knowledge to be put into practice. In this program, you will study applied organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, reactivity principles, methods of determining structure, and you will acquire knowledge of materials at a molecular level. You will be able to apply this core chemical knowledge to design and improve processes and materials, ranging from fuel cells to pharmaceuticals. Students can choose electives and fourth year thesis project in the biosciences, environmental, material sciences, process chemistry, depending upon their interests.

The ENCH program uniquely combines courses offered by the Department of Chemistry with Engineering courses taught by the Department of Chemical Engineering.

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Queen's Chemical Engineering is an award-winning department which reflects the dedication to achieve the highest standard of research and teaching. The undergraduate programs offered by the Department of Chemical Engineering have been in existence for more than 100 years, making them among the oldest programs in Canada and North America. The Chemical Engineering program has options in Chemical Processing and Biochemical Engineering providing students with the choice of a curriculum in traditional chemical engineering or an emphasis on engineering biotechnology. The Department also offers an Engineering Chemistry program to provide students with a stronger focus on chemistry subjects at an advanced level. All programs offered by the Department satisfy the academic requirements for accreditation by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. The Engineering Chemistry program is also fully accredited by the Canadian Society for chemistry.

The Chemical Engineering and Engineering Chemistry curricula develop skills in engineering science and design, mathematics, physics, biological sciences, chemistry and economics. These skills can be used to solve numerous technical problems and to manufacture products safely, economically and efficiently. Our students take a wide range of electives in mathematics, chemistry, biology, biochemical/biomedical and environmental engineering. They learn to solve problems systematically, to communicate effectively, and to apply their knowledge in business situations, by taking courses such as Process Design, Technical Entrepreneurship and Technology, Engineering and Management (TEAM).

Past 10 years - Enrollment for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year classes

YEAR
Chemical Engineering
Engineering Chemistry
Departmental Enrollment

2006

264

102

366

2007

312

92

404

2008

346

94

440

2009

349

97

446

2010

324

91

415

2011

336

93

429

2012

305

77

382

2013 290

73

363
2014 297

76

373
2015 339

68

407
2016 367

67

434

Interested in applying? Visit the Queen's Undergraduate Admissions page for full details, or contact our Undergraduate Assistant:
Liann Joanette
613-533-6000x74829
liann.joanette@queensu.ca

Students graduating from the undergraduate programs in Chemical Engineering and Engineering Chemistry frequently pursue certification as professional engineers.

Since both the Engineering Chemistry and Chemical Engineering programs are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, graduates from these programs can apply for licensing without taking further technical exams.

The undergraduate program in Engineering Chemistry has also been accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry; therefore, graduates have this distinction.