Undergraduate Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Programmes

 

General Information

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering offers programmes of study leading to the degrees of a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry or a Bachelor of Science (Major) in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering. A double major is also offered in:

  • Chemistry / Physics
  • Chemistry / Space Science
  • Chemistry / Mathematics
  • Chemistry / Computer Science

The typical course of study for Chemistry (Honours) or Major in Chemistry is set out in the Programme Outline Tables listed below. The students will have a choice between three options:

  1. Chemistry
  2. Chemistry with an Environment Option
  3. Chemistry with a Life Sciences Option

The different options offered will have a common First and Second Year to ensure a strong background in Chemistry and to allow time for the students to choose a specialization.

The Chemical Engineering programme has a strong Materials Engineering component. Nuclear and Environmental Engineering are also included to reflect the spectrum of chemical engineering interests of value to the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence. In addition to the basic Chemical Engineering core, the programme emphasizes the areas of corrosion, fuel cells, batteries, alloys, polymers, ceramics, composite development, explosives. Combustion processes, nuclear energy applications and environmental stewardship. All these areas highlight the unique nature of the Chemical Engineering degree at RMC of Canada.

To enter the Second Year programme in Chemical Engineering, students must have completed successfully the First Year Engineering or Science programme, normally with a minimum "D+" combined average in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics and have the approval of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree programme in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, and is recognized by the Chemical Institute of Canada and the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering as qualifying its graduates for full membership status.

The Chemical Engineering degree programme is headed by a Professor-in-Charge, who reports to the Dean of Engineering through the Head of Department. The programme is administered by the Chemical Engineering Committee, of which the Professor-in-Charge is Chair.

Chemistry Programme Requirements

Chemistry

A 42.5 credit programme, including the core courses for science programmes.

Semester Fall
year 1
Winter
year 1
Fall
year 2
Winter
year 2
Courses
  • ENE100
  • PSE103
  • PHE104
  • MAE101
  • CCE101
  • ENE100 (cont'd)
  • CSE101
  • PHE104 (cont'd)
  • MAE101 (cont'd)
  • CCE101 (cont'd)
  • MAE129
  • HIE207
  • CCE240
  • CCE241
  • CCE226
  • MAE226
  • HIE203
  • POE205
  • CCE241 (cont'd)
  • CCE211
  • MAE227
Semester total 5 credits 6 credits 6 credits 6 credits
Semester Fall
year 3
Winter
year 3
Fall
year 4
Winter
year 4
Courses
  • PSE301
  • CCE218
  • CCE245
  • CCE422
  • PHE226
  • Elective 
    • 1 credit
  • HIE271
  • CCE328
  • CCE354
  • Elective 
    • 1 credit
Semester total 5.5 credits 5 credits 4 credits 5 credits
 

Chemistry with an Environment Option

Semester Fall
year 1
Winter
year 1
Fall
year 2
Winter
year 2
Courses
  • ENE100
  • PSE103
  • PHE104
  • MAE101
  • CCE101
  • ENE100 (cont'd)
  • CSE101
  • PHE104 (cont'd)
  • MAE101 (cont'd)
  • CCE101 (cont'd)
  • MAE129
  • HIE207
  • CCE240
  • CCE241
  • CCE254
  • MAE226
  • HIE203
  • POE205
  • CCE241 (cont'd)
  • CCE211
  • MAE227
Semester total 5 credits 6 credits 6 credits 6 credits
Semester Fall
year 3
Winter
year 3
Fall
year 4
Winter
year 4
Courses
  • PSE301
  • CCE218
  • CCE245
  • CCE385
  • CCE422
  • PHE226
  • HIE271
  • CCE328
  • CCE354
  • CCE460
Semester total 5.5 credits 5 credits 5 credits 4 credits
 

Chemistry with a Life Sciences Option

Semester Fall
year 1
Winter
year 1
Fall
year 2
Winter
year 2
Courses
  • ENE100
  • PSE103
  • PHE104
  • MAE101
  • CCE101
  • ENE100 (cont'd)
  • CSE101
  • PHE104 (cont'd)
  • MAE101 (cont'd)
  • CCE101 (cont'd)
  • MAE129
  • HIE207
  • CCE240
  • CCE241
  • CCE254
  • MAE226
  • HIE203
  • POE205
  • CCE241 (cont'd)
  • CCE211
  • MAE227
Semester total 5 credits 6 credits 6 credits 6 credits
Semester Fall
year 3
Winter
year 3
Fall
year 4
Winter
year 4
Courses
  • PSE301
  • CCE218
  • CCE245
  • CCE385
  • CCE422
  • PHE226
  • HIE271
  • CCE242
  • CCE328
  • CCE354
Semester total 5.5 credits 5 credits 5 credits 4.5 credits
 

Chemistry Minors

Minor in Chemistry

  • CCE101 (2 credits)
  • CCE218 (1 credit)
  • CCE240 (1 credit)
  • 4 additional chemistry credits chosen from those in the table of "Chemistry Programme"

Minor in Life Science

The Faculty of Science sponsors an interdisciplinary minor in Life Sciences available to any candidate with the necessary prerequisites.

The required eight credits are:

  • CCE240 (1 credit)
  • CCE241 (3 credits)
  • CCE242 (1 credit)
  • CCE245 (0.5 credit)
  • CCE246 (0.5 credit)
  • CCE385 or CCE460 (1 credit)
  • 1 credit in a statistics course offered by either the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Arts.

Requirements for Students taking Arts

  • CCE106
  • CCE200, CCE360, CCE362, CCE364, CCE366 (Electives)

Minor in Environment

The Faculty of Science sponsors a minor in Environment, available to any candidate with the necessary prerequisites.

The required eight credits are:

  • CCE211: Analytical Chemistry (1.5 credits)
  • CCE240: Molecular and Cellular Biology (1 credit)
  • CCE245: Biology Laboratory I (0.5 credits)
  • CCE385: Biotechnology (1 credit)
  • CCE460: Biochemistry (1 credit)
  • CCE466: Environmental Chemistry (1 credit)
  • CCE475: Environmental and Bioprocess Engineering (1 credit)
  • CCE483: Ecotoxicology (1 credit)

The list of courses has been chosen such that CCE101: Introductory Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers is necessary to begin taking courses in the minor, and no additional courses in science, engineering, or chemistry are required to take these courses.

Chemical Engineering Programme Requirements

A 48.5 credit programme, including the core courses for engineering programmes.

Semester Fall
year 1
Winter
year 1
Fall
year 2
Winter
year 2
Courses
  • ENE100
  • PHE104
  • MAE101
  • CCE101
  • PSE103
  • CSE101
  • ENE100 (cont'd)
  • PHE104 (cont'd)
  • MAE101 (cont'd)
  • CCE101 (cont'd)
  • MAE119
  • GEE167
  • HIE207
  • CCE240
  • CCE241
  • CCE203
  • CCE312
  • MAE226
  • HIE203
  • POE205
  • CCE241 (cont'd)
  • CCE313
  • MAE209
  • MAE227
  • GEE291
Semester total 6 credits 6 credits 6.5 credits 6.5 credits
Semester Fall
year 3
Winter
year 3
Fall
year 4
Winter
year 4
Courses
  • PSE301
  • CCE253
  • CCE305
  • CCE317
  • MAE315
  • MEE311
  • HIE271
  • CCE315
  • CCE325
  • CCE406
  • CCE407
  • GEE231
  • GEE393
Semester total 6 credits 6 credits 6 credits 5.5 credits
 

Ammunition Officer Certificate

Note: This certificate is intended to provide a basic understanding in the sciences underlying the chemistry of ammunition and explosives, the principles of propulsion and ballistics, the metallurgy and principles of weapon systems, the design and functioning of sea and air launched munitions, and the ammunition life cycle and management within DND/CAF.

The equivalent of five one credit courses along with mandatory seminar and tour courses are required for completion of this certificate.

Mandatory Courses (5 credits):

  • CCE371: Chemical Principles of Ammunition
  • CCE372: Introduction to Ballistics
  • CCE470: Army Munitions and Weapon Systems
  • CCE471: Air and Naval Munitions
  • CCE472: Introduction to Ammunition Management
  • CCE468: Ammunition Seminar
  • CCE469: Ammunition Industrial Tours

Laboratories and Equipment

Departmental Laboratories

The departmental laboratories are located in the Sawyer Building, Modules 4 and 5. They are equipped for teaching and research in the areas of chemistry, materials science, environmental sciences, chemical and materials engineering, environmental engineering as well as nuclear engineering relevant to the course of study and to defence interests. More specifically, they include the following:

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials selection for engineering applications and determination of the chemical, physical and mechanical properties are the foci of study. High temperature furnaces are used in the preparation and treatment of metals, alloys and ceramics while an injection molder is among the tools employed in the area of polymer blends and with composites. Atomic absorption, IR, FTIR, and NMR spectrometers together with gas and liquid chromatography, gel permeation chromatography and viscometry are used in chemical analysis. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, metallurgical and polarized-light microscopy, hardness, shear and tensile testing are used to determine physical properties. The various materials are also characterized by thermal gravimetry, by adiabatic and differential scanning calorimetry,  and by differential thermal analyses.

Chemical Engineering

The chemical conversion of natural or synthetic materials into useful engineering products together with their management and maintenance are the foci of these studies. Various experiments, most of which are computer controlled, demonstrate typical operations involved in chemical engineering. Heat transfer is studied using a variety of heat exchangers commonly used in oil refineries. A packed bed adsorption unit demonstrates removal of obnoxious trace gases from a valuable product stream an application typical in pollution control. The design of chemical reactors is the objective of another experiment. A bench-scale heat pump provides a study in applied thermodynamics.

Nuclear Science and Engineering

The main tool for nuclear studies is the SLOWPOKE-2 research reactor, which is operated by this Department for the Department of National Defence. Experiments include neutron activation analysis, neutron radiography and isotope production applied to various military problems. Related experiments deal with health physics, radiation protection, liquid scintillations counting, reactor physics and thermal hydraulic studies. The SLOWPOKE-2 Facility serves professors, students, researchers and technical trainees, and provides other capabilities such as radiation detection and low-level counting.

Computer Resources

Computing infrastructure consists of 300+ networked personal computers, laptops and desktop computer modelling/programming workstations. The software available to these systems include:

  • Choice of any Microsoft application or programming language product (due to our departmental site licence)
  • National Instruments Labview Professional Development System (department site licence)
  • Honeywell Unisim - Process Modelling Software
  • Comsol - finite element analysis and solver software package
  • MathLab - mathematical computation and visualization software
  • Maple 10 - programming language for symbolic algebra and high-precision decimal integer and floating-point arithmetic.
  • SigmaPlot - technical graphing software
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