Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Program

Chemical engineers combine chemistry, biology, math and design to solve global challenges and create innovative processes and products.

As one of the top chemical engineering programs in Canada, U of T Engineering is at the forefront of research to develop renewable fuels, use biotechnology to clean up pollution, manufacture products sustainably, create artificial organs, and fortify foods to address malnutrition. You’ll put theory to practice in innovative courses and laboratories, including the unique Unit Operations Lab, filled with large-scale industrial equipment and a two-storey distillation column. 

Areas of Focus

  • Biomolecular and Biomedical Engineering 
  • Bioprocess Engineering 
  • Chemical and Materials Process Engineering 
  • Environmental Science and Engineering  
  • Informatics 
  • Pulp and Paper 
  • Surface and Interface Engineering 
  • Sustainable Energy 

Sample PEY Co-op Employers

AGFA Graphics (Belgium)  

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change 

Peel Plastic Products Ltd.  

Procter & Gamble 

Sample Career Trajectories

Advanced Manufacturing  



Food Fortification  

Management Consulting 

ChemE - AjayKochhar


Ajay Kochhar 

Graduation Year: 


Memorable Experience:

Some of the most practical and transferable parts of Ajay’s education stemmed from his time in the Unit Operations Lab.  

Fun Fact: 

He served as chair of the Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Club. He organized many social events, including ski trips — which is how he learned to ski.   

Current Job: 

CEO of Li-Cycle, which reinvented how lithium-ion batteries are recycled. He cofounded the company in 2016.  

“As a chemical engineering student, I learned how to assimilate new ideas quickly and manage numerous demands simultaneously, building resiliency in the process. These have been key to starting and growing my company with rapid pace.” 

Chemical Engineering First-year Courses

Fall Term

(common to all Core 8 programs)

  • Orientation to Engineering 
  • Engineering Strategies & Practice I 
  • Mechanics  
  • Engineering Chemistry & Materials Science 
  • Linear Algebra 
  • Calculus I 

Winter Term

  • Engineering Strategies & Practice II 
  • Fundamentals of Computer Programming 
  • Calculus II 
  • Physical Chemistry 
  • Concepts in Chemical Engineering 
  • Intro to Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry 


In your fourth year, you’ll get to design an industrial processing plant in just 10 weeks.