Department of Chemical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering
A bachelor of engineering program in chemical engineering is offered by the Department of Chemical Engineering at McGill
. The central purpose of engineering is to pursue solutions to technological problems in order to satisfy the needs and desires of society. Chemical engineers are trained to solve the kinds of problems that are typically found in the chemical process industries, which include the chemical manufacturing, plastics, pulp and paper, petroleum refining, ceramics and paint industries as well as substantial portions of the food processing, textile, nuclear energy, biochemical and pharmaceutical industries. The technological problems and opportunities in these industries are often closely linked to social and economic questions. For this reason, practitioners of chemical engineering often deal with these questions
when they are working in management, pollution abatement, product development, marketing and equipment design.
The Discipline of Chemical Engineering
The discipline of chemical engineering is distinctive in being based equally on physics, mathematics and chemistry. Application of these
three fundamental sciences is basic to a quantitative understanding of the process industries. Those w
ith an interest in the fourth major science, biology, will find several courses in the Chemical Engineering curriculum which integrate aspects of the biological sciences relevant to process industries such as food processing, fermentation and water pollution control. Courses on the technical operations and economics of the process industries are added to this foundation. The core curriculum concludes with process design courses taught by practising design engineers. Problem solving, experimenting, planning and communication skills are emphasized in courses throughout the core curriculum.
By means of complementary courses, students can also obtain further depth in technical areas and breadth in non-technical subjects. Some students elect to complete a minor in biotechnology, management, materials engineering, computer science, environmental engineering or chemistry.
The curriculum also provides the preparation necessary to undertake postgraduate studies leading to the MEng or PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering. Students completing this curriculum acquire a broad, balanced education in the natural sciences with the accent on application. Thus, for those who do not continue in chemical engineering, it provides an exceptionally balanced education in applied science. For others, it will form the basis of an educational program that may continue with a variety of studies such as business administration, medicine or law. Versatility is, then, one of the most valuable characteristics of the graduate of the Chemical Engineering program.
For more information on this program, please refer to the Faculty of Engineering section of the McGill Undergraduate Program Calendar.