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Chemical Engineering

Reactions, interactions and creation - the science and study behind the building blocks of life.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers are creative problem-solvers who use their skills to develop processes and designs that drive our economy and benefit society. At Laurentian you can also choose to focus your degree to obtain specialized knowledge in sustainability and the environment, or extractive metallurgy and mineral processing.

Academic Advisor

Corey Laamanen

Telephone: 705.822.1291


Office: F216

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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

Courses focus on organic and physical chemistry, chemical and biological processes and reactions, and design among other subjects. 

Program Acceditation
All of our engineering programs are fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. More information on this process is available here.

Co-Operative Education in Chemical Engineering
Co-operative (Co-op) education at Laurentian University is an option of work-integrated learning where you can, starting in the second year, put your academic knowledge into action through paid discipline-related work terms.

The initial work term usually begins at the end of the second year and consists of a period of 4 months over the summer. After completing the third year, you will undertake a second work term of up to 16 months before returning to complete your final year of academic study. 

Advantages for Students

  • integrate your studies with practical experience;

  • gain knowledge and exposure to a wide variety of professions;

  • earn money that can substantially contribute to your student expenses;

  • acquire necessary work skills;

  • learn to function as a key member of a team; 

  • gain a significant advantage upon graduation, not only in finding employment of your choice but also in obtaining one with higher pay and more responsibility due to your experience in the workforce; and,

  • gain up to 12 months of pregraduate experience towards your Professional Engineering designation.

Work terms will be highlighted on your transcipt. If 16 to 20 months are completed along with work term reports, the co-op designation will also be added to your degree diploma.

Advantages for Employers 
In addition to employing highly motivated and committed individuals with an engineering background, they can observe progress and suitability over a succession of placements for potential full-time employment after graduation.

The selection process ensures that, in addition to valuable work experience, students in the co-op program:

  • are high academic achievers;

  • possess good communication skills;

  • have positive attitudes;

  • are adaptable and eager to work with others; and,

  • have leadership potential.

A minimum overall average of 70% is required for entry into the co-op program and must be maintained.

In addition to academic performance, admision is based on individual interviews through which factors, such as motivation, interpersonal skills and communication skills are evaluated.

Furthermore, for entry into the initial work term, you must have completed all required core courses from the 2nd year of the program. While to enter further work terms, you must have completed all required core courses from the 3rd year of the program.


Iron Ring

The Calling of an Engineer
The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer has a history dating back to 1922 when it was felt that an organization was needed to bind all members of the engineering profession in Canada. It was also felt that a statement of ethics to which a young graduate in engineering should subscribe to should be developed. 

Rudyard Kipling, who made reference to the work of engineers in his poems and writings, was approached and he produced both an obligation and a ceremony entitled "The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer."

The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer has been instituted to direct newly qualified engineers toward an awareness of the profession and its social significance and reminding experienced engineers of their responsibilities in welcoming and supporting new engineers entering the profession.

An iron ring is given to symbolize the pride which engineers have in their profession. The ring also serves as a reminder to the engineer, and to others, of the engineer's obligation to live and work by a high standard of professional conduct. 

For more information please see here.

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

1 grade 12 4U Advanced Functions

1 grade 12 U Chemistry 

1 grade 12 U Physics 

1 addtional grade 12 U/M Math or Science course (Biology, Calculus and Vectors, Earth and Space Science, or analyzing current Economic Issues)

1 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses

Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.


Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.

Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering (144 credits)

First Year
Fall Term:
CHMI 1006E     General Chemistry I   

     OR   CHMI 1006F     Chimie générale I
ENGR 1007E     Engineering Graphics and Design   

     OR   ENGR 1007F     Graphique et dessins techniques
ENGR 1056E       Applied Mechanics I

     OR   ENGR 1056F     Mécanique appliquée I
MATH 1036E     Calculus I

     OR   MATH 1036F     Calcul I
PHYS 1006E     Introductory Physics I

     OR   PHYS 1006F     Introduction à la physique I
Complementary Studies or Technical Elective (3 credits)

Winter Term:
CHMI 1007E     General Chemistry II

     OR   CHMI 1007F     Chimie générale II
COSC 2836E     Computer Software for the Sciences

     OR   COSC 2836F     Logiciels pour les sciences
ENGR 1016E     Engineering Communications

     OR   ENGR 1016F     Communication en génie
MATH 1037E     Calculus II

     OR   MATH 1037F     Calcul II
MATH 1057E     Linear Algebra I

     OR   MATH 1057F     Algèbre linéaire I
PHYS 1007E     Introductory Physics II

     OR   PHYS 1007F     Introduction à la physique II
Second Year*
Fall Term:
CHMI 2426E     Organic Chemistry I

     OR   CHMI 2426F     Chimie organique I
CHMI 2526E     Introduction to Physical Chemistry I

     OR   CHMI 2526F     Introduction à la chimie physique I
ENGR 2026E     Engineering Materials

     OR   ENGR 2026F     Matériaux d’ingénierie
ENGR 2076E     Mechanics and Strength of Materials I

     OR   ENGR 2076F     Mécanique et résistance des matériaux I
MATH 2066E     Introduction to Differential Equations

     OR   MATH 2066F     Introduction aux équations différentielles
Complementary Studies or Technical Elective (3 credits)**
Winter Term:
CHMI 2527E     Introductory Physical Chemistry II

     OR   CHMI 2527F     Introduction à la chimie physique II
ENGR 2097E     Fluid Mechanics I

     OR   ENGR 2097F     Mécanique des fluides I
ENGR 2276E     Chemical Process Calculations
ENGR 3426E     Engineering Economics

     OR   ENGR 3426F     Économie appliquée à l’industrie
MATH 3416E     Numerical Methods I

     OR   MATH 3416F     Méthodes numériques
STAT 2246E     Statistics for Scientists

     OR   STAT 2246F     Statistiques pour science et génie
 *  This program has a co-op option. Please contact the School of Engineering for more information.

** It is recommended that students take ENGR 2106E Introduction to Mineral Resources Engineering as a technical elective in second year since it is a prerequisite for many of the recommended technical electives listed in LIST A.

Third Year
Fall Term:
ENGR 3436E     Chemical Reaction Engineering and Reactor Design I
ENGR 3446E     Heat Transfer
Complementary Studies OR Technical Electives (12 credits)

Winter Term:
ENGR 3126E     Occupational Health Engineering
ENGR 3267E     Process Dynamics and Control
ENGR 3416E     Mass Transfer
ENGR 3476E     Introduction to Polymers
OPER 4016E     Project Management

Complementary Studies OR Technical Electives (3 credits)
Fourth Year
Fall Term:

ENGR 4126E     Engineering Seminar

     OR   ENGR 4126F     Séminaire en génie
ENGR 4435E     Engineering Design Project
ENGR 4436E     Chemical Process and Plant Design
ENGR 4447E     Chemical Reaction Engineering and Reactor Design II
ENGR 4457E     Separation Processes and Unit Operations
ENGR 4477E     Process Modeling and Control

Winter Term:
ENGR 4117E     Engineering, Technology, and Society

     OR   ENGR 4117F     L’ingénierie, la technologie et la société
ENGR 4435E     Engineering Design Project
Complementary Studies or Technical Electives (12 credits)


Students are required to complete a total of 27 credits of Technical Electives, at least 18 of which must be from LIST A. Please see details for LISTS A and B below.
Students are required to complete a total of 6 credits of Complementary Studies Electives.


LIST A - Technical Electives
(at least 18 credits required)

ENGR 3116E     Mineral Processing I ***
ENGR 3246E     Corrosion and Protection of Metals ***
ENGR 3307E     Materials Handling
ENGR 3437E     Water and Wastewater Treatment
ENGR 3466E     Environmental Impact of Process Industries
ENGR 3526E     Fluid Mechanics II
ENGR 3536E     Materials and Manufacturing
ENGR 4116E     Industrial Engineering
ENGR 4426E     Air Pollution Control
ENGR 3147E     Mineral Processing II ***
ENGR 3226E     Hydrometallurgy ***
ENGR 3257E     Pyrometallurgy ***
ENGR 3477E     Adsorption and Membrane Processes in Pollution Control
ENGR 3566E     Biomechanics of Living Tissues
ENGR 4187E     Solids Waste Processing and Recycling in the Minerals Industry

LIST B - Technical Electives
(no more than 9 credits required)
BIOL 1506E     Biology I

     OR   BIOL 1506F     Biologie I           
BIOL 1507E     Biology II

     OR   BIOL 1507F     Biologie II
CHMI 2041E     Introductory Environmental Chemistry
CHMI 2117E     Introductory Quantitative Analysis

     OR   CHMI 2117F     Introduction à l’analyse quantitative
CHMI 2316E     Inorganic Chemistry I

     OR   CHMI 2316F     Chimie inorganique I
CHMI 2427E     Organic Chemistry II

     OR   CHMI 2427F     Chimie organique II
COSC 1046E     Computer Science I
COSC 1047E     Computer Science II
ENGR 2106E     Introduction to Mineral Resources Engineering  ***
GEOL 1006E     Introductory Geology I

     OR   GEOL 1006F     Introduction à la géologie I
GEOL 1007E     Introductory Geology II
GEOL 2126E     Mineralogy I
MATH 2037E     Advanced Calculus

     OR   MATH 2037F     Calcul avancé
PHYS 2006E     Introduction to Electricity and Electronics
Other relevant Science or Engineering courses with Director's permission

*** Courses that, if all completed in fulfilling their Technical Electives requirement for a Chemical Engineering degree, allow students to apply to have "Extractive Metallurgy and Mineral Processing Option" noted on their transcript.

Complementary Studies Electives

ACCT 1001E     Using Financial Information

     OR   ACCT 1001F     Utilisation des données financières
ANCS 1006E     Greek Civilization
ANCS 1007E     Roman Civilization
ANCS 2016E     Classical Mythology
ANTR 1007E     Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
ARCL 1006E     Introduction to Archeology and Physical Anthropology
ECON 1006E     Introduction to Microeconomics

     OR   ECON 1006F     Introduction à la microéconomie
ECON 1007E     Introduction to Macroeconomics

     OR   ECON 1007F     Introduction à la macroéconomie
ENGL 1705E     Introduction to Writing and English Studies

     OR   ENGL 1706E     Introduction to Writing and English Studies I  +  (one of ENGL 1707E or ENGL 1717E)
ENGL 2005E     Literatures in English
ENGL 2606E     Backgrounds to Western Literature I
ENGL 2616E     The Bible and Literature
ENGL 2626E     Critical Approaches
ENGL 2676E     Popular Literature and Culture I
ENVI 2506E     Cultural Representations of the Environment
ENVI 2507F     Empreinte écologique et développement durable
ENVI 2516E     Ecological Footprints and Demographic Change
GEOG 1026E     Introduction to Physical Geography

     OR   GEOG 1026F     Introduction à la géographie physique
GEOG 1027E     Introduction to Human Geography

     OR   GEOG 1027F     Introduction à la géographie humaine
HIST 1106E     Introduction to the 20th Century

     OR   HIST 1106F     Introduction à l’histoire du XXe siècle
HIST 1107E     Contemporary Issues in Historical Perspective

     OR   HIST 1107F     Perspectives historiques sur les problèmes contemporains
HIST 1206E     Western Civilization: Renaissance to the French Revolution

     OR   HIST 1206F     Civilisation occidentale: depuis la Renaissance jusqu’à la Révolution française
HIST 1207E     Western Civilization: French Revolution to the Present

     OR   HIST 1207F     La civilisation occidentale: de la Révolution française à nos jours
HIST 1406E     Canadian History: Pre-Confederation

    OR   HIST 1406F     Histoire canadienne: L’époque de la préconfédération
HIST 1407E     Canadian History: Post-Confederation

     OR   HIST 1407F     Histoire canadienne : depuis la confederation
JURI 1006E     Introduction to Legal Studies I

     OR   JURI 1106F     Introduction à l’étude du droit
JURI 1007E     Introduction to Legal Studies II

     OR   JURI 1107F     Introduction au droit criminal
JURI 1105E     Introduction to Legal Studies
LBST 1006E     Introduction to Labour Studies I
LBST 1007E     Introduction to Labour Studies II
LBST 2026E     The World of Work (cross-listed with SOCI-2026E)
LBST 2106E     Occupational Health and Safety, Level I
LBST 2246E     What Do Unions Do? (cross-listed with SOCI-2246E)
LBST 3106E     Occupational Health and Safety, Level II
MGMT 1006E     Management of Organizations I

     OR   MGMT 1306F     Gestion des organisations I
MGMT 1007E     Management of Organizations II

     OR   MGMT 1307F     Gestion des organisations II
OPER 2006E     Introduction to Management Science

     OR   OPER 2006F     Introduction à la science de la gestion
OPER 4016E     Project Management (eligible as an elective course for Mechanical Engineering students only)
PHIL 1115E     Introduction to Philosophy

     OR PHIL 1115F     Introduction à la philosophie
PHIL 2126E     Philosophy of Sexuality

     OR   PHIL 2586F     Philosophie de la sexualité
PHIL 2156E     Philosophy, Culture and Power
PHIL 2217E     Environmental Ethics

     OR   PHIL 2217F     Éthique de l’environnement
PHIL 2256E     Philosophy of Education

     OR   PHIL 2256F     Philosophie de l’éducation
PHIL 2506E     Critical Thinking 

     OR   PHIL 2506F     Pensée critique
PHIL 2525E     Contemporary Moral Issues

     OR   PHIL 2525F     Problèmes éthiques contemporains
PHIL 2747E     Technology, Freedom and Values

     OR   PHIL 2216F     Technologie, valeurs et environnement
PHIL 2876E     Business Ethics
POLI 1005E     Introduction to Political Science
POLI 1006E     Political Regimes

     OR   POLI 1006F     Politique et sociétés
POLI 1007E     Political Ideas and Political Actors

     OR POLI 1007F     Problèmes politiques contemporains
POLI 2306E     International Relations

     OR   POLI 2306F     Relations internationals
POLI 2426E     Individual, Community and the Political Order
POLI 2526E     Approaches to Justice
POLI 2575E     Philosophy of Law
PSYC 1105E     Introduction to Psychology

     OR   PSYC 1105F     Initiation à la psychologie
SOCI 1015E     Understanding Society

     OR   SOCI 1015F     Étude de la société
WGSX 1005E     Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

     OR   WGSX 1005F Introduction aux études féministes

Note:    Please consult with the School Director for other relevant courses.


Program Regulations

To be in good academic standing and progress in the BEng program, a student must:

1) Meet all conditions of admission
2) Not fail more than 6 credits in any one year
3) Achieve an overall average of 3.5 GPA (or C letter grade or 60%) in all passed courses in the previous year (or previous 30 consecutive credits)

A student is subject to a one year probationary period for failure to meet any of the above criteria under academic standing.

A student is required to withdraw from the Bharti School of Engineering if he or she:

1) Does not satisfy all conditions after one probationary year or 30 consecutive credits
2) Fails 42 credits or more
3) Has not achieved good academic standing in two consecutive years or 60 consecutive credits
4) Fails to obtain the minimum academic grade and satisfactory lab performance where appropriate in a course on a third attempt

A student who is required to withdraw may petition the Senate Committee on Acadaemic Regulations and Awards for readmission after one calendar year. Such an appeal should have a recommendation from the director of the school before being considered by the committee.

Students in good academic standing who choose to discontinue their studies at the end of the first or any other year, with successful completion of that year, may apply for readmission with advanced standing. Cases are considered on an individual basis.

***Time limit: The Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree must be completed within seven (7) years of initial registration in the program.

CHMI-1006EL - General Chemistry I CHMI-1007EL - General Chemistry II COSC-2836EL - Computer Software for Sciences ENGR-1007EL - Engineering Graphics and Design ENGR-1056EL - Applied Mechanics I MATH-1036EL - Calculus I MATH-1037EL - Calculus II MATH-1057EL - Linear Algebra I PHYS-1006EL - Introductory Physics I PHYS-1007EL - Introductory Physics II CHMI-2426EL - Organic Chemistry I CHMI-2526EL - Intro Physical Chemistry I CHMI-2527EL - Introductory Physical Chemistry II ENGR-2026EL - Engineering Materials ENGR-2076EL - Mechanics and Strength of Materials I ENGR-2097EL - Fluid Mechanics I ENGR-2276EL - Chemical Process Calculations
ENGR-3426EL - Engineering Economics MATH-2066EL - Introduction to Differential Equations MATH-3416EL - Numerical Methods I STAT-2246EL - Statistics for Scientists ENGR-3126EL - Occupational Health Engineering ENGR-3267EL - Process Dynamics and Control ENGR-3416EL - Mass Transfer ENGR-3436EL - Chemical Reaction Engineering and Reaction Design I ENGR-3446EL - Heat Transfer OPER-4016EL - Project Management ENGR-4117EL - Engineering,Technology and Society ENGR-4126EL - Engineering Seminar ENGR-4435EL - Engineering Design Project ENGR-4436EL - Chemical Process and Plant Design ENGR-4447EL - Chemical Reaction Engineering and Reactor Design II ENGR-4457EL - Separation Process and Unit Operations ENGR-4477EL - Process Modeling and Control

List of Faculty Members

Sessional Faculty:

  • Phil Dirige
  • Moshood Olanrewaju
  • Janet Wiebe
  • Susan Wiebe
Eduard Guerra

Eduard Guerra

Bharti School of Engineering
Redhouane Henda

Redhouane Henda

Bharti School of Engineering
Corey Laamanen

Corey Laamanen

Bharti School of Engineering
John Scott

John Scott

Bharti School of Engineering
Helen Shang

Helen Shang

Bharti School of Engineering
Ramesh Subramanian

Ramesh Subramanian

Bharti School of Engineering