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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If you are currently in grade 12 or have recently completed high school, you must present five required grade 12 courses for your program as outlined below. Admissions averages will be calculated using either the early or standard admission processes.

Application Dates

October 1st 2018 to March 1st 2019

Faculty

Schulich School of Engineering

Curriculum (Education System)

Alberta curriculum

Minimum Competitive Average

High 80s (Low 90s without Calculus)

Required Courses

  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • Mathematics 30-1
  • Chemistry 30
  • Physics 30
  • Mathematics 31 (recommended) or an approved course

Required Courses Notes

  1. Students who have never taken Mathematics 31 and present another matriculation subject (e.g., Biology 30, Social Studies 30) instead of Mathematics 31 and who achieve a high standing (at least five per cent above the admission standard) over the five subjects used for admission purposes may be admitted to the School under special conditions. These conditions involve enrolment in an alternative calculus stream.
  2. A minimum grade of 70% in Alberta Mathematics 30-1 (or equivalent) is the prerequisite for first-year math courses.
  3. Equivalent International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) courses are accepted.

Approved Courses/Options

Approved Courses

  • Indigenous Studies 30
  • Any 5-credit second language or language and culture course at the 30-level [1,2]
  • Any approved grade 12 IB diploma or AP academic subject
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • CTS Computer Science Advanced (5-credits)
  • English 30-1
  • Fine Arts (Art 30, Art 31, Choral Music 30, General Music 30, Instrumental Music 30, Drama 30, Dance 35)
  • Mathematics 30-1, 30-2, and 31 [1,3]
  • Physical Education 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1

Approved Options

  • Other five-credit 30-level courses excluding Special Projects 30 and English 30-2.
  • Three-credit courses: Two three-credit 20- or 30-level courses can be combined to fulfil ONE requirement. Courses at the 20- and 30-level CANNOT be combined to satisfy a course requirement.
  • One-credit courses: five intermediate or five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil one approved option requirement.

Approved Courses/Options Notes

  1. Two courses in the same subject area may not be presented to satisfy entrance requirements unless the courses are Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 30-2 or Mathematics 31
  2. Only one grade 12 level course in a language stream may be used to satisfy admission requirements.: (a) one of Alberta French 30, 31A, 31B, 31C, 30-3Y, 30-9Y (or equivalent subjects); Alberta French Language Arts 30-1, 30-2 (or equivalent subjects), (b) one of Alberta Chinese Language Arts 30 (3Y, 6Y, 9Y, 12Y) (or equivalent subjects); Alberta Chinese Language and Culture 30 (3Y, 6Y) (or equivalent subjects).
  3. A minimum grade of 70% in Mathematics 30-1 is the prerequisite for first-year math courses.
  4. One-credit courses: five intermediate or five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil ONE requirement. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.

Standard Admission

If you are currently completing high school, you will automatically be considered for admission using the standard admission by calculating your admission average using final grade 11 grades and at least one grade 12 approved course (if both grade 11 and 12 grades are provided, the grade 12 grade will be used) from the required courses for your program choice. Admitted students must complete all 30-level (or equivalent) required courses outlined above, maintain the admission average required for admission in the application year and obtain the Alberta Grade 12 diploma (or equivalent).

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Early Admission

You may be offered early admission (based on your available grade 11 or 12 results) for English, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Admitted students must complete all 30-level (or equivalent) required courses outlined above, maintain the admission average required for admission in the application year and obtain the Alberta Grade 12 diploma (or equivalent)..

Learn more about early admission

Required Documents

Alberta: There is no need to send your transcripts. The University of Calgary will obtain transcripts on your behalf from the Ministry of Education. Other Canadian Provinces and Territories: Official transcripts are documents which are sent directly to the University of Calgary's admissions office from your school or the Department of Education maintaining such records. It's your responsibility to request transcripts from any non-Alberta institutions to be sent directly to the university's admissions office.

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ELP

English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission.

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Indigenous Admissions Process

When you apply for admission, you'll first be considered under the program admission requirement criteria. If you've self-identified as Indigenous on your application form, you'll automatically receive consideration under the Indigenous Admissions process if needed. If you're granted admission under this process, you will be asked to submit documentation to verify your Indigenous identity before registering for classes. Self-identification also allows us to support you through your admissions process, assist you with academic advising and referrals, and provide you with updates about our many cultural and social activities.

See our Indigenous Admissions Process

Diverse Qualifications

If you're a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have achieved excellence outside of academics, or have overcome significant hardships, you may seek admission under the Diverse Qualifications Admission Process.

More information about Diverse Qualifications

As a high school applicant you'll apply for undergraduate admission into first-year common core. After completing your first year, you'll be able to apply to a program of study: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geomatics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Oil and Gas Engineering or Software Engineering.

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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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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

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Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex (EN), Room ENC 101
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.5732