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Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

About the program

Chemical engineering involves transforming raw materials into useful products whether those products are used in oil and gas, manufacturing or in the emerging field of biomedical engineering.

This is one of the most broad-based disciplines of engineering. The techniques and skills you'll learn will be directly applicable to a wide range of jobs.

Optional minors

Petroleum Engineering

This program provides students with the skills required to work in the oil and gas industry. Students broaden their knowledge with technical electives in geology and reservoir engineering.

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Biomedical Engineering

This unique, faculty-wide program integrates the study of complex living systems with engineering principles. Students learn how to apply these traditional principles and analysis to human health and medicine.

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Digital Engineering

This minor allows you to develop some software engineering and coding skills while pursuing a non-software engineering major. Students learn about artificial intelligence, machine learning, the Internet of Things and more.

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Energy and Environment

Students learn about the direct and indirect impact energy-related activities have on the environment and how to understand, avoid, reduce and solve potential problems. 

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Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development

This joint program with the Haskayne School of Business helps students build entrepreneurial skills. They learn the principles and practices of developing new ventures and managing small and medium-sized companies.

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Management and Society

This program teaches students the various aspects of the role of management in our institutions and society. It prepare graduates in other disciplines to practice their skills in a business environment.

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Career pathways

Chemical engineers are on the front lines of significant advancements in a wide range of industries. They also play a key role in the growing markets for environmentally friendly products and processes. As a chemical engineer, you could design and oversee the processes involved in producing everything from refined petroleum products to pharmaceuticals.

Graduates can focus on:

  • Petrochemicals
  • Refining
  • Natural gas processing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plastics and composite materials
  • Biotechnology
  • Food processing
  • Pollution control
  • Environmental protection

Chemical engineering can also serve as a springboard into a career in biomedicine, environmental management, nuclear engineering and metallurgy. 

An academic path that works

Our students follow a tried and true educational path. This includes a common first year, an internship opportunity after year three and an exciting design project to cap things off.


Common 1st year

Undergraduate students spend their first year learning about the broad world of engineering. From there, they focus their studies on a specific engineering discipline for the remainder of their degree.

Choose a major

In their second year of studies, undergraduate students begin taking courses in their major. These programs include: biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, engineering physics, geomatics, mechanical, software and sustainable systems engineering.


Between their third and fourth year, students can apply to do an internship. These paid work experiences range from 12 to 16 months. For students interested in international internships, one in 15 intern abroad.

Design project

During their fourth year of study, students undertake a team design project. Many work with an industry partner. Together, they develop well-researched and tested solutions to real-world challenges.

Earn an engineering degree and a business degree

Are you torn between choosing an engineering or business education? At the University of Calgary you can simultaneously complete a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce in five years. This unique program is offered in partnership with the Haskayne School of Business.

Undergraduate admission enquiries

Engineering Student Centre

Mailing address:
ENC 205, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Street address:
622 Collegiate Place NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4V8

Campus location:
Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex (EN)