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, forestry and biotechnology, 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 in accordance with the Faculty of Applied Science procedures. Students completing their first year of engineering shall rank their program 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

First year English, ENGL 112 (or its equivalents – ENGL 110, ENGL 111, WRDS 150, or APSC 176), is a pre-requisite of CHBE 201 (Integrated Technical Communications). CHBE 201 is a co-requisite of CHBE 263 (Introduction to Chemical and Biological Engineering Laboratory Practice) so the courses must be taken concurrently. Students cannot register in either CHBE 201 or CHBE 263 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 Engineering programs will require an extra year for completion. Therefore, prospective students are advised to complete ENGL 112 or equivalent prior to September 1st of their estimated program entry year.