Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering

General Office: Head Hall, Room D-39
Mailing Address: Department of Chemical Engineering, 
University of New Brunswick,
P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, N.B.,
Canada, E3B 5A3 
Phone: (506) 453-4520
Fax: (506)453-3591
Website: //


  • Bendrich, Guida, Dipl. Ing. (T.F.H. Berlin), PhD (McM), PEng, Eur. Ing., Prof - 1995
  • Chibante, Felipe, BSc Chemistry (McG), PhD (Rice), MArts (Rice), MChem (Rice), Assoc. Prof. - 2007
  • Collins, Frank, BScE (UNB), PEng, Sr. Instructor and Assist. Dean 1st Year - 2002
  • Cook, William, BScE, MScE, PhD (UNB), PEng, Prof,  Director CNER - 2004
  • Couturier, Michel F., BScE (UNB), MSc (MIT), PhD (Qu), PEng, Prof, Associate Dean - 1983
  • Eic, Mladen, Dipl. Ing. (Sarajevo), MSc (Zagreb), MSc (Worcester Poly. Inst), PhD (UNB), PEng, Prof – 1990
  • Lowry, Brian, BASc, MASc (Tor), PhD (Cornell), PEng, Assoc Prof – 1995Miles, Jamie, Dipl.Eng.(UPEI), BScE, MScE (UNB), PEng, Instructor - 2013
  • Miles, Jamie, Senior Instructor
  • Ni, Yonghao, BEng (Northwest Inst of Light Industry), MEng, PhD (McG), PEng, Prof, and Canada Research Chair in Pulping Technology - 1993
  • Qu, Yang, BSc Honors (Peking), PhD Biochemistry (Calg), Asst. Prof, and Cannabis Health Research Chair (Joint - Chemistry) - 2018
  • Romero-Zerón, Laura, BSC, MSc (Los Andes), PhD (Calg), PEng,  Prof - 2004
  • Singh, Kripa, BE (Birla Inst), ME (Asian Inst), PhD (Regina), PEng, Prof (Joint - Civil Eng.) – 2000
  • Xiao, Huining, BEng, MEng (Nanjing), PhD (McM), PEng, Prof - 2001

General Information

Chemical Engineering is the discipline of engineering that uses physical sciences to convert raw materials into desired products and services. A chemical engineering education includes a broad background in basic sciences and mathematics and advanced knowledge in the design and operation of process equipment used to produce fuels, plastics, petrochemicals, fertilizers, electricity, pharmaceuticals, paper, etc. This degree program prepares students for direct employment in industry and provides a strong foundation for graduate degrees in engineering, business or law. Students may complete the general program or elect to concentrate their studies on one of two option programs: Biomedical Engineering or Energy Conversion Engineering.


A minimum of 163 credit hours (ch) is required to obtain a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering. Twelve of these are technical electives and twelve are complementary studies electives. The degree program may be completed in eight terms of study. Students who participate in the Co-Operative Education (Co-Op) program normally complete the program in five years. Students may opt for a program which spans a longer period of time provided all required courses are taken. Details can be obtained by contacting the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

The credit system allows considerable flexibility in designing programs of study but unless care is exercised difficulties may arise with course scheduling. Students are requested to consult with the Academic Advisor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies if they plan to follow a program that differs significantly from the timetable shown in the Program Guide issued at the time of acceptance into the program.

Core Courses

CHE 2003 Fundamentals I - Mass Balances
CHE 2004 Fundamentals II - Mass & Energy Balances
CHE 2012 Engineering Thermodynamics
CHE 2301 Transport Phenomena in Chemical Engineering
CHE 2412 Chemical Engineering Lab I
CHE 2501 General Materials Science
CHE 2506 Materials Science Laboratory
CHE 2525 Fundamentals of Chemical Process Design
CHE 2703 Fluid & Fluid Particle Mechanics
CHE 3123 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
CHE 3304 Heat Transfer
CHE 3324 Unit Operations I
CHE 3332 Mass Transfer
CHE 3418 Numerical Methods & Modeling in Chemical Engineering Processes
CHE 3424 Chemical Engineering Lab II
CHE 3434 Chemical Engineering Lab III
CHE 3505 Chemical Process Design
CHE 4101 Chemical Reaction Engineering I
CHE 4601 Process Dynamics & Control
CHE 4225 Process Design Project
ENGG 4000 SeniorDesign Project
CHE 4341 Unit Operations 2
CHE 4404 Chemical Engineering Lab IV
BIOL 1001 Biological Principles I
CHEM 1982 General Applied Chemistry
CHEM 1987 General Applied Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 2401 Introductory Organic Chemistry for Non-Chemistry Majors
CHEM 3621 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 3886 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory for Chemical Engineers
CHEM 3897 Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Chemical Engineers
CHEM 4886 Physical Chemistry Laboratory for Chemical Engineers
PHYS 1081 Foundations of Physics for Engineers
CS 1003 Introduction to Computer Programming
ECE 1813 Electricity & Magnetism
ENGG 1001 Engineering Practice Lecture Series
ENGG 1003 Engineering Technical Communications
ENGG 1015 Introduction to Engineering Design and Problem Solving
ENGG 1082 Mechanics for Engineers
ENGG 4013 Law & Ethics for Engineers
MATH 1003 Introduction to Calculus I
MATH 1013 Introduction to Calculus II
MATH 1503 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MATH 2513 Multivariable Calculus for Engineers
MATH 3503 Differential Equations for Engineers
STAT 2593 Statistics for Engineers


Technical Electives

The Chemical Engineering degree program consists of a minimum of 12 ch of technical electives chosen from the list of courses below. Technical elective courses in chemical engineering are typically designated as a 5000 level course and are offered on a rotating basis. Note that not every course is offered in each academic year thus students should consult with the Department for more information on planned elective course offerings.

The Department also offers two option programs within its technical elective stream: Energy Conversion Engineering , and Biomedical Engineering . These options are offered to students wishing to have an area of specialization within the chemical engineering discipline. Those who successfully complete an option will receive a special notation on their university transcript upon graduation. More information on these options is given below.

CHE 1001 Introduction to Chemical Engineering (1 ch)
CHE 5234 Oil & Gas Process Engineering (3 ch)
CHE 5244 Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes (3 ch)
CHE 5264 Oil Sands Technology (3 ch)
CHE 5313 Energy and the Environment (3 ch)
CHE 5314 Chemical Process Industries (3 ch)
CHE 5413 Air Pollution Control (3 ch)
CHE 5416 Bioseperations Science and Engineering (3 ch)
CHE 5423 Chemical Engineering Practice School (4 ch)
CHE 5522 Nanotechnology (3 ch)
CHE 5714 Electrochemical Engineering (3 ch)
CHE 5724 Special Topics in Chemical Engineering (1 ch)
CHE 5725 Special Topics in Chemical Engineering ( 2 ch)
CHE 5726 Special Topics in Chemical Engineering (3 ch)
CHE 5734 Chemical Engineering Report (3 ch)
CHE 5735 Thesis (6 ch)
CHE 5824 Corrosion Process (3 ch)
CHE 5834 Nuclear Engineering (3 ch)
CHE 5854 Nuclear Heat Removal (3 ch)
CHE 5913 Pulp Production (3 ch)
CHE 5923 Papermaking (3 ch)
CHE 5933 Bio-refining: Principles, Processes and Products (3 ch)
BIOL 2023 Biochemistry (3 ch)
CE 5421 Water Quality and Treatment (4 ch)
CE 5432 Wastewater Treatment and Pollution Control (4 ch)

Complementary Studies Program

Complementary studies are an important element in engineering education. The Chemical Engineering degree program consists of a minimum of 12 ch of Complementary Studies electives satisfying each of the following core categories:

  • Humanities – minimum 3ch (Sociology, Anthropology, History, Classics, Philosophy, Political Science)
  • Business/Management – minimum 3ch (Administration, Tech. Management and Entrepreneurship, or select Economics courses)
  • Non-Language – minimum 3ch (Humanities, Business or any PSYC, RLS, ENVS, ENR, IDS, RCLP, ARTS, WLCS)
  • Other Approved – minimum 3ch (course approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies)

The Department strongly encourages its students to obtain business-related education through the complementary studies stream and to pursue a diploma in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship, which is offered by the Faculty of Engineering. For more information on integrating this diploma with the undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Distance Education

CHE 2501 is available by distance education. 

Students wishing to take courses from any outside institution as credit towards their degree must receive approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies prior to enrolling in the course at the outside institution.

International Exchange Program

The Department offers an opportunity for its students to study abroad and receive course credits towards an undergraduate degree. Students interested in international study must be in good academic standing and receive prior approval from the Department for degree transfer credit. Interested students should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to obtain more information.

Energy Conversion Engineering Option in Chemical Engineering

The chemical engineer must include environmental stewardship as a design requirement in the conversion of energy resources into commodity products and services. This option places emphasis on emerging technologies and societal issues in the energy and environment sector within chemical engineering. The directed path consists of 1 required course, 1 complementary studies elective and 3 technical elective courses (minimum total of 15 ch) selected from the approved lists below. To participate in the option students must obtain Department approval.

CHE 5313 Energy and the Environment

Complementary Studies Elective: (1 course from the following list): 

ECON 3865 Energy Economics
ENVS 2003 Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENVS 2023 Understanding Environmental Issues
ENVS 4001 Environmental Impact Assessment and Management
ENVS 4002 Stakeholder Approaches to Environmental Problem Solving
ENR 2114 Water Sustainability: Practice & Technology
ENR 2021 Natural Resource Management, Institutions, Policy, Governance
ENVS 2023 Climate Change
HIST 3925 Technology and Society

Technical Elective: (3 courses from the following list):
NOTE: One course substitution can be made at the discretion of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

CE 5421 Water Quality and Treatment (4 ch)
CE 5432 Wastewater Treatment and Pollution Control (4 ch)
CHE 5234 Oil Refining and Natural Gas Processing (3 ch)
CHE 5244 Enhanced Oil Recovery (3 ch)
CHE 5264 Oil Sands Technology (3 ch)
CHE 5314 Chemical Process Industries (3 ch)
CHE 5344 Combustion (3 ch)
CHE 5413 Air Pollution Control (3 ch)
CHE 5824 Corrosion Processes (3 ch)
CHE 5834  (3 ch) or ME 5373 Nuclear Engineering (3 ch)
CHE 5933 Biorefining: Principles,Processes and Products (3 ch)
ME 5553 Ocean Wave Energy Conversion (4 ch)
ME 5933 Industrial Ecology (3 ch)

Students with special interest in environmental studies are encouraged to pursue a minor or secondary major in this area through the university’s Environmental Studies Program, administered by the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management. The Department also encourages interested students to pursue a Masters of Engineering degree in environmental studies after graduation.

Biomedical Engineering Option in Chemical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering is an exciting and growing area of specialization within the Chemical Engineering discipline. The Biomedical Engineering Option in Chemical Engineering is a study path for students wishing to pursue careers in medicine or the health sciences industry. Students who plan on attending medical school are encouraged to seek advising immediately upon entrance into the degree program.

To complete the option program, students must obtain Departmental approval and complete 12 credit hours of technical electives chosen from the list below. Only biomedical option students may use these courses towards the technical elective degree requirements.

Technical Electives: 

NOTE: One course substitution can be made at the discretion of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

APSC 3953 Basis of Biomedical Engineering (3 ch)
BIOL 1711 Human Anatomy I (4 ch)
BIOL 2023 Biochemistry (3 ch)
BIOL 3043 Cell Biology (3 ch)
BIOL 2013 Evolutionary Genetics (3 ch)
BIOL 2073 Fundamentals of Microbiology (5 ch)
BIOL 2792 Human Physiology - Systems (3 ch)
CHEM 4503 ** Biocomputing in Drug Design I (5 ch)
CHEM 4523 Medicinal Chemistry (3 ch)
KIN 2062 * Introductory Biomechanics (3 ch)
KIN 3061 * Advanced Biomechanics (4 ch)
KIN 4163 * Workplace Ergonomic Design And Analysis (3 ch)
ME 5913 Biomechanics (4 ch)
PHYS 5993 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (3 ch)

* some option courses require that BIOL 2753 be taken as a pre-requisite.
** some option courses require that BIOL 1001 be taken as a pre-requisite.

Students with special interest in Biology and Biochemical Engineering are encouraged to pursue a Minor in Biology through the Faculty of Science. Such students should seek advising from the Director of Undergraduate Studies to embark upon this path as soon as possible in the degree program.