Undergraduate Studies

About Our Undergraduate Programs

Queen's Engineering and Applied Science programs have a common first year, regardless of which of the ten engineering disciplines you choose to pursue. The common first year is designed to provide you with the necessary scientific and mathematical background to enter second year Engineering and Applied Science, while simultaneously introducing you to engineering.

We offer two distinct programs within the Department of Chemical Engineering:

Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering program provides students with a versatile engineering experience based on fundamental chemical and biochemical engineering concepts while strengthening knowledge in chemistry and mathematics.

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.

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

How to Apply

Queen's Chemical Engineering is an award-winning department which reflects the dedication to achieve the highest standard of research and teaching. The undergraduate programs offered by the Department of Chemical Engineering have been in existence for more than 100 years, making them among the oldest programs in Canada and North America. The Chemical Engineering program has options in Chemical Processing and Biochemical Engineering providing students with the choice of a curriculum in traditional chemical engineering or an emphasis on engineering biotechnology. The Department also offers an Engineering Chemistry program to provide students with a stronger focus on chemistry subjects at an advanced level. All programs offered by the Department satisfy the academic requirements for accreditation by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. The Engineering Chemistry program is also fully accredited by the Canadian Society for chemistry.

The Chemical Engineering and Engineering Chemistry curricula develop skills in engineering science and design, mathematics, physics, biological sciences, chemistry, and economics. These skills can be used to solve numerous technical problems and to manufacture products safely, economically and efficiently. Our students take a wide range of electives in mathematics, chemistry, biology, biochemical/biomedical and environmental engineering. They learn to solve problems systematically, to communicate effectively, and to apply their knowledge in business situations, by taking courses such as Process Design, Technical Entrepreneurship and Technology, Engineering and Management (TEAM).

We take pride in the quality of students that the Queen's Engineering and Applied Science program attracts. At the undergraduate level, Queen's Engineering and Applied Science consistently has among the best students of any university in Ontario. Queen's Engineering and Applied Science draws academically strong students from Ontario as well as from other parts of Canada, notably British Columbia and Alberta (most commonly the Calgary area). The high school averages for incoming students in the five prerequisite courses for admission to Engineering and Applied Science range from 78% to 99.5%. The average over the six best courses for these students, which is used as a measure for admission to programs in Arts and Science at Queen's, is shifted higher.

A further measure of the academic strength of the incoming students can be found by examining completion rates. The historical legend in engineering is that there are high failure rates, which is taken as a measure of quality. An alternative is to look at completion rates as a measure of the quality of the students being admitted. A comparison of completion rates for Ontario universities can be found on the Ontario Government website by following the link below.


Completion rates in the most recent cohort mentioned range from 88.7% to 89.9%. University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and Queen's University consistently have had completion rates in the high 80s. The next highest has been McMaster, with completion rates in the high 70s, followed by the University of Western Ontario with completion rates in the mid-70s. The other engineering schools have completion rates in the 60s or lower.

Enrollment for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-year classes

YEARChemical EngineeringEngineering ChemistryDepartmental Enrollment
2006 264 102 366
2007 312 92 404
2008 346 94 440
2009 349 97 446
2010 324 91 415
2011 336 93 429
2012 305 77 382
2013 290 73 363
2014 297 76 373
2015 339 68 407
2016 367 67 434

Interested in applying? Visit the Queen's Undergraduate Admissions page for full details, or contact our Undergraduate Assistant:

Liann Joanette

Students graduating from the undergraduate programs in Chemical Engineering and Engineering Chemistry frequently pursue certification as professional engineers.

Since both the Engineering Chemistry and Chemical Engineering programs are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, graduates from these programs can apply for licensing without taking further technical exams.

The undergraduate program in Engineering Chemistry has also been accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry; therefore, graduates have this distinction.