Chemical Engineering

Undergraduate Programs

Prospective Students

Welcome to the Queen's University Chemical Engineering website. Within these pages you will find the information you need to make an informed decision about becoming a Chemical Engineering or Engineering Chemistry student at Queen's University.

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.

We take pride in the quality of students that the Queen's Engineering and Applied Science program attracts. At the undergraduate level, Queen's Engineering and Applied Science consistently has among the best students of any university in Ontario. Queen's Engineering and Applied Science draws academically strong students from Ontario as well as from other parts of Canada, notably British Columbia and Alberta (most commonly the Calgary area). The high school averages for incoming students in the five prerequisite courses for admission to Engineering and Applied Science range from 78% to 99.5%. The average over the six best courses for these students, which is used as a measure for admission to programs in Arts and Science at Queen's, is shifted higher.

A further measure of the academic strength of the incoming students can be found by examining completion rates. The historical legend in engineering is that there are high failure rates, which is taken as a measure of quality. An alternative is to look at completion rates as a measure of the quality of the students being admitted. A comparison of completion rates for Ontario universities can be found on the Ontario Government website by following the link below.


Completion rates in the most recent cohort mentioned range from 38.7% to 89.9%. University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and Queen's University consistently have had completion rates in the high 80s. The next highest has been McMaster, with completion rates in the high 70s, followed by the University of Western Ontario with completion rates in the mid-70s. The other engineering schools have completion rates in the 60s or lower.


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.