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Chemical Engineering

Society relies daily on products such as fuel, pharmaceuticals, advanced composites, semiconductors, magnetic and optical storage devices, agricultural products, light-weight materials, coatings, synthetic fibers and personal care products. Chemical Engineers develop new advanced materials and design the processes that convert raw materials into value-added products.


Chemical Engineering is a broadly based engineering discipline, which combines the study of mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology, with engineering science, design, and economics. Students learn how to design safe, efficient, environmentally-friendly, sustainable and economical processes and products. They also acquire direct experience with pilot-scale chemical process equipment and simulators.


Queen's Chemical Engineering offers options in Chemical Process Engineering and in Biochemical Engineering. Depending upon their interest, students can choose elective courses in the following areas: biochemical; biomedical; environmental; process systems engineering; energy; materials.


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.




  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food and Agricultural Production


  • Biochemical
  • Biomedical
  • Environmental
  • Process Systems Engineering


  • Students 416
  • Masters 46
  • PhD 32
  • Faculty 19
  • Awarded Degrees 178


Chemical Engineering Major Map and Course Calendar

Need help finding your way through Queen’s and beyond? Get major-specific advice on academics, extra-curriculars, networking, international opportunities and career development all in one place. This map provides suggestions - you don’t have to follow all the recommendations. Use it to plan ahead, and find your own way at Queen’s!

View the complete course calendar

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

Liann Joanette
Tel: 613-533-6000 x74829
Office: Dupuis Hall, Room 201

Click on image to view map:
Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Major Map


Career Opportunities

Some of the companies that have hired our grads in the past 10 years:


  • 3M
  • Accenture
  • AECL
  • Agriculture and Agrifood Canada
  • Agriculture Canada
  • Agrium
  • Air Canada
  • Alcan Inc
  • Algoma Steel Inc
  • AMEC
  • Apotex Inc
  • Astra Zeneca Inc
  • Atomic Energy of Canada
  • Ballard Power Systems
  • Bank of America Canada
  • Bank of Montreal
  • BASF Canada
  • Bechtel Limited
  • Bell Canada
  • BMO Capital Markets
  • Boeing
  • Bombardier
  • Bowater Mersey Paper Co Ltd
  • Bruce Power
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
  • Canadian International Development Agency
  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Division
  • Canadian Pacific
  • Caterpillar Inc
  • Celestica Inc
  • CIBA Speciality Chemical Corp
  • CIBC World Markets
  • ConocoPhillips Canada
  • Cyanamid Canada Inc
  • Cytec Canada Inc
  • Dalhousie University
  • Dana Thermal Products
  • Darlington Nuclear Generating Stn
  • Davos Chemical Corp
  • De Havilland Inc
  • Department of National Defense
  • Dept of Energy Mines & Resources
  • Dome Petroleum Corp
  • Domtar
  • Dow Chemical Canada Inc
  • Du Pont Canada Inc
  • E B Eddy Forest Products Ltd
  • Eastman Kodak Co
  • Enbridge Inc
  • EnCana
  • Environment Canada
  • ESSO
  • Falconbridge Ltd
  • Fluor Canada Ltd
  • Ford Motor Company
  • GE Advanced Materials
  • General Motors of Canada
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Goodyear
  • Government of Alberta
  • Government of Canada
  • Government of Ontario
  • Hatch Associates Ltd
  • Health Canada
  • Honeywell Ltd
  • Husky Energy
  • Imperial Oil
  • Government of Canada
  • Government of Ontario
  • Hatch Associates Ltd
  • Health Canada
  • Honeywell Ltd
  • Husky Energy
  • Imperial Oil
  • Inco Ltd
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Invista
  • Kellogg Brown & Root LLC
  • Kimberley Clarke Corporation
  • Kodak Canada Inc
  • Kraft Canada Inc
  • Labatt Brewing Co Ltd
  • Lockheed Martin Canada
  • Magma
  • Ministry of the Environment
  • Mobil Chemical
  • National Research Council of Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Neilson Dairy
  • Nortel
  • Nova Chemicals
  • Ontario Hydro
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Petro Canada
  • Pfizer Inc
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada Inc
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Procter & Gamble
  • RBC Dominion Securities
  • Research in Motion
  • Royal Military College
  • Scott Paper Ltd
  • Shaw Canada
  • Shell Canada Ltd
  • Siemens Canada Ltd
  • SNC Lavalin
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Suncor Energy Inc
  • Syncrude Canada Ltd
  • Talisman Energy Inc
  • Teck Cominco Ltd
  • Tekion
  • Telus
  • Torys LLP
  • TransAlta Corp
  • TransCanada Pipelines
  • Unilever
  • Vale Inco Limited
  • World Bank
  • Xerox Canada Inc


Degree Opportunities
Degree Opportunities

A degree in Chemical Engineering opens many doors for a diverse, challenging and rewarding career that can lead to positions in business, government or academia. The possibilities are practically endless.

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What do Chemical Engineers do?
What do Chemical Engineers do?

Chemical engineering is a lot more then chemistry. Chemical engineers occupy the area between laboratory Chemistry and Mechanical or Process Engineering. Chemical Engineers are distinguished from physical scientists such as chemists by their training in the "engineering method": the use of heuristics to cause the best change in a poorly understood situation within the available resources.

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Sample Courses
Sample Courses

This course is an introduction to the thermodynamics of fluids for chemical engineering applications. Concepts to be learned include heat, work, internal energy, enthalpy, entropy and state functions. Students will understand how to calculate heat and work effects arising from physical processes such as expansion and contraction of fluids. 

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