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Undergraduate Studies

Engineering Chemistry

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.




  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food and Agriculural Production


  • Biosciences
  • Environmental
  • Materials & Process Chemistry


  • Students 69
  • Awarded Degrees 44


Engineering Chemistry 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!

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

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

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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 !nc
  • 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
  • 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 Engineering Chemistry opens many doors to opportunities that both chemistry and engineering graduates have access to.

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What do Engineering Chemists do?
What do Engineering Chemists do?

Engineering Chemists utilize their knowledge of chemistry to develop solutions to engineering problems. They apply new chemical knowledge to the creation of new technology. 

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Sample Courses
Sample Courses

Introduction to analytical chemical methods and science. Topics include statistical analysis of data, titrations and equilibrium theory, spectrophotometry and instrumental elemental analysis.

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