Chemical Engineering

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Chemical engineers combine chemistry, biology, math and engineering to solve urgent problems and create innovative processes and products.

As a Chemical Engineering student, you will learn to address issues with a large impact on society: the need to decrease our environmental footprint, create sustainable processes and improve human health. Our professors are at the forefront of research to develop renewable fuels and materials, use biotechnology to clean up pollution, manufacture products sustainably, create artificial organs, and fortify foods to address malnutrition.

U of T Chemical Engineering offers one of the top programs in Canada. In the first two years, you will gain a solid foundation in chemistry, physics, math and engineering principles. In your upper years, you can explore any of the Faculty’s seven minors and choose courses in areas like bioprocess engineering, biomedical engineering, sustainable energy, water & wastewater treatment, and environmental engineering. You are also eligible to do a research project as part of the program.

Your program will teach you to design, build and improve products, systems and processes. You’ll put theory into practice in our innovative courses and laboratories, including the unique Unit Operations Lab, filled with large-scale industrial equipment including a two-storey distillation column. In your fourth year, you’ll be part of a student team that will design an industrial processing plant from concept to implementation in just 10 weeks. You can also take advantage of support for summer research and opportunities to study abroad.

First Year Courses

  • Calculus I and II
  • Concepts in Chemical Engineering
  • Engineering Strategies & Practice I and II
  • Fundamentals of Computer Programming
  • Introduction to Materials Science
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mechanics
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Seminar: Orientation to Engineering

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