You are now in the main content area

Chemical Engineering

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


Become part of a worldwide organization of professionals who are at the forefront of addressing the needs of society and the world's economy, and ensuring it is accomplished in a sustainable manner.

Learn about chemical processes, bioprocesses, and process designs - and how they can be harnessed to drive our economy and benefit society. You can also choose to focus your degree with specialized options in sustainability and the environment, or extractive metallurgy and mineral processing.

Combine what you learn and your creativity to solve issues and innovate sustainable products and processes. Through group design projects, tackle issues like renewable energy, environmental protection, mineral extraction and processing, green production, and many more regionally and globally important topics.

You also have the option to get hands-on training through working in the industry during the 16-month co-op program, which you can start in your second year. 

Key Features

A compound
Learn the skills to be able to contribute to solving regional and global issues, such as developing sustainable processes.
A briefcase
The co-op program provides professional experience and exposure, while earning money. It also enhances your resume by earning knowledge and skills valuable to future employers.
Two scientific test tubes on a rack, with a substance in it
Work in groups to apply your creative problem solving skills, scientific and technical knowledge to issues relevant to today’s world.

Career Opportunities

There are a multitude of worldwide career options to explore post-graduation.

Graduate Chemical Engineers can be found in almost every public and private sector, including for example:

  • The green economy
  • Mineral processing and metallurgy
  • Process engineering
  • Health care and pharmaceuticals
  • Food production
  • Energy generation
  • Environmental management and protection
  • Consultancy
  • Research and development
Four chemical engineering students smiling

What our students say...

Recent chemical engineering graduate MirandaMiranda Gauthier

My time at Laurentian was a fulfilling and valuable experience. Sudbury is a world-wide hub for mineral processing innovation with countless industry resources right in the city. I was able to learn principles of extractive metallurgy from knowledgeable professors and laboratory technicians with experience in the mineral processing industry while forging rewarding industry connections. 

I am now working as a member of a dynamic consultancy team applying the knowledge I obtained about the mineral processing industry throughout my undergraduate degree to real life scenarios. This not only gives me the opportunity to further develop my skills and knowledge, but allows me to bring more hands-on experience.


Jacob ComleyRecent chemical engineering graduate Jacob

Studying chemical engineering at Laurentian allowed me to develop analytical and technical skills to my advantage so that I could pursue a career in environmental sustainability. I also  made great connections with fellow students and professors due to the small class sizes.

This led me to pursue a masters degree at Laurentian where I can apply the skills I learned first hand to northern Ontario industries in need of economical and technically feasible solutions to environmental remediation.


Recent chemical engineering graduate HeidiHeidi Tuszkiewicz

I loved taking chemical engineering at Laurentian - I learnt a lot and it importantly allowed me to keep my options open for the future! 

I always wanted to work in medicine, and I am now enrolled in a graduate degree pursuing that dream!



Recent chemical engineering graduate ClaireClaire Fawcett

One of my favourite aspects about the chemical engineering program at Laurentian is the collaboration and involvement with regional industries. This gave me the opportunity to learn about many interesting ongoing projects in the community, and meet and work with many different professionals.

After finishing my undergraduate degree, I returned to work on a Ph.D. in Engineering Science which in collaboration with industry allowed me to develop an area I became very interested in during my undergraduate years.

Four chemical engineering students smiling

Does this program interest you?

Take an in-depth look at program details, courses, and degree options!

Program Details