Engineering Chemistry

Queen's Engineering Chemistry facilities

Engineering Chemistry is one of the longest standing such programs at the interface of applied chemistry and chemical engineering. 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.

Students find job opportunities in the public and private sector working in traditional chemical processing, new product development, materials science, biosciences, environmental stewardship and emerging technologies.

If you have questions, please contact our Undergraduate Program Assistant:

Liann Joanette
Tel: 613-533-6000 x74829
Email: liann.joanette@queensu.ca
Office: Dupuis Hall, Room 201

Engineering Chemistry Course Calendar
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  • What is Engineering Chemistry?

    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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