The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) provides exciting opportunities to learn about the transformation of raw materials into valuable products by chemical, biochemical, physical or electrochemical processes. Applications of chemical engineering projects include the design and operation of food processing, petroleum, pharmaceutical, metals refining and chemical plants. Today’s engineers focus on the environment and design and operate solid or liquid waste treatment plants, biomass conversion, and clean energy. Chemical & biological engineers work in all industrial sectors including energy, mining and forestry in both the public and private sectors.

Our Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) undergraduate programs combine lectures, hands-on lab activities, problem sessions, research, industry visits and design experiences to provide students the balance of practical and analytical skills needed to become successful, competent engineers.

Our programs are fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, which allows students to register as an Engineer-in-Training upon graduation.

Admission into CHBE

Placement into CHBE is performed the same as other second year engineering programs at UBC. Students must rank their preferences and write a short essay supporting their first choice program online at http://students.engineering.ubc.ca/placement.

Prospective students should be aware of the department English language requirement, see below.

English Language Requirements

The Language Proficiency Index (LPI) Exam is a standardized test of a student’s competency in English. Requirements for the LPI Exam can be found on the First Year English webpage and further information can be found here.    To be eligible to take any first year English course, a LPI score of 5 or higher is required.

A first year English course (or APSC 176) is a pre-requisite of CHBE 201 (Integrated Technical Communications). CHBE 201 is a co-requisite of CHBE 262 (Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry Laboratory) so the courses must be taken concurrently. Students cannot register in either CHBE 201 or CHBE 262 until successful completion of First year English requirements.

Without the successful completion of ENGL 112 or equivalent prior to entry, the Chemical Engineering and the Chemical and Biological programs will require an extra year for completion. Therefore, prospective students are advised to complete ENGL 112 or equivalent prior to September 1st.

Students will fall into one of the following categories:

  1. English requirement has already been completed (most cases): registration in CHBE 201 and CHBE 262 is unaffected.
  2. English requirement has NOT been completed but LPI Exam score of level 5 or higher has been earned: register for ENGL 112 in the summer prior to entering 2nd year if you do not wish to extend the completion time of your program.
  3. English requirement has NOT been completed and LPI Exam score of level 5 or higher has NOT been earned: not eligible to enrol in CHBE 201 or CHBE 262. You must complete the LPI Exam with level 5 or higher score and the English language requirement by September 1st of the year you plan to enrol in CHBE 201 and CHBE 262 or wait until the following year to take these courses.  This will extend the completion time of your program. (http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/Vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,195,272,35).