Chemical Engineering
Location: Chemical Engineering Building
5273 DaCosta Row
Room 1117
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Telephone: (902) 494-4597


The Chemical Engineering program prepares students for careers in the chemical and process industries and in a variety of related fields. These encompass, among others, the traditional areas of environmental control, plastics and polymers, pulp and paper, instrumentation and process control, petrochemicals, petroleum and natural gas processing, and energy conversion and utilization, as well as the growing fields of biotechnology, food processing, composite materials, corrosion and protective coatings, and manufacture of microelectronic components.

The responsibilities assumed by Chemical Engineers include a wide range of activities such as research and development of novel products and processes, the design, development and operation of process plants, and management of technical operations and sales.

The curriculum is designed to provide the student with a broad background in the underlying sciences of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. This is then combined with a detailed knowledge of engineering principles and practice, along with a good appreciation of social and economic factors. Laboratory involvement is considered an important component of the students’ education. Emphasis in the laboratory is placed on team work and on the development of problem-identification and problem-solving skills. The Department stresses the preparation of students for independent work and the development of interpersonal skills necessary for professional engineers. 

Research opportunities leading to master’s and doctoral degrees are offered in a wide range of topics within the Department as well as in conjunction with other departments and a number of research centres on the campus. Detailed information regarding the graduate program can be obtained from the Department.

Undergraduate students have the option of following a co-op program (five years) or a non-co-op program (four years). Additionally, Chemical Engineering students can pursue a Certificate of Biomedical Engineering alongside their regular degree requirements.

Curriculum and course descriptions

Refer to the Chemical Engineering curriculum and courses in the Process Engineering and Applied Science section.

Co-operative program and schedule

Refer to section Engineering Co-op Program, in the Engineering section.


Admission requirements to the Chemical Engineering Program are those specified by the Faculty of Engineering.