Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc in Eng)

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What you will learn in this program

Chemical engineers ask questions such as: How is crude oil refined into marketable products? Can industrial processes be redesigned to reduce pollution? How can we ensure safe chemical plant operations?

Chemical engineers convert raw materials into valuable products, or separate complex mixtures into their constituent components. Chemical engineering is one of the most broadly-based engineering disciplines, which means the techniques and skills you’ll gain will be directly applicable to a wide range of real world work environments. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur in class, during tutorials, and through designing a complete industrial process for a specific product. 

This program features a common first year, which consists of 10 courses in mathematics, sciences, computing, engineering principles, communications and design. These courses will provide you with a solid foundation for your engineering training and introduce you to a variety of engineering disciplines. You'll apply for admission to a specific engineering program at the end of your first year. 

Career opportunities

​Chemical engineers enjoy stable career prospects because the items they manufacture are in constant demand. You’ll have global opportunities to work in areas such as biomedicine, scientific research, biotechnology, and more. A degree in engineering can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or a professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or architecture.

Courses you'll take:

Chemical Engineering Process Calculation, Computing for Engineers, Engineering Design and Communication, General Chemistry for Engineers, ​Calculus for Engineers and Scientists

Admission requirements and information

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Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Collaborative team work - Interact with your peers while learning to collaborate on projects.

Work experience

Internship experience - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience through a 12-16 month placement.

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

​I respected our professors who had industry experience as it brought a lot of meaning to our studies by tying them back to reality. It wasn't until 20 years later that I started to appreciate how much work those early professors had done to set up a new engineering school. The Schulich School is now providing an even higher level of experiential learning. A good engineering education is a huge life asset!

​Ian H., BSc (Eng)'72

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Our department works closely with industry, so the knowledge students gain is very applicable to the types of jobs that they’re going to get afterwards. Chemical engineering as a career has a very bright future. There are new technologies that are coming along, like biotechnology and nanotechnology, so it’s actually going to become more diverse as time goes on.​

Arindom Sen, PhD, P.Eng. — Associate Dean (student professional development)

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We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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Chemical engineering is exciting and there are a broad number of career options available. We have really good professors and they teach the material well. There’s also a lot of different ways you can be involved. I’m definitely interested in the process engineering side, designing a process and then going into the field for a company and seeing how it all plays out.​

Sandra M., chemical engineering student

Faculty Information

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Energy, Environment, Experiential Learning (EEEL), Room 403
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4