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Fall 2019

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The engineering curriculum leading to the BASc. degree has been designed to offer students an education that is immediately valuable to them on graduation and which, at the same time, provides a foundation to accommodate their further education in industry or research.

Those interested in pursuing graduate studies should consult the graduate calendar information on the Integrated B.A.Sc./M.A.Sc. program.

The first year is common in order to give the student an introduction to general engineering principles and to allow investigation of a special field of interest for subsequent years of study.

The Co-operative Education Program is available in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering (with or without a minor in Business Administration), and Mechanical Engineering (with or without an option in Aerospace, Automotive, Materials or Environmental).

While engineers must work within the technologies of the times, they are also responsible for the continual development of these technologies. The flexibility demanded of the engineer must be based upon proficiency in the physical sciences, and a confident ability to apply the sciences to the benefit of humankind. Therefore, our engineering programs are founded upon a substantial content of mathematics, physics, and chemistry; and our engineering subjects are taught with a view to familiarizing the students with contemporary practice, and teaching them those methods of analysis, design, and realization which they will be able to apply to a continually developing discipline.

The aim of the engineer is to apply the latest science and technology for the betterment of society; engineers must, therefore, realize their duties to society and, as a prerequisite, appreciate how civilizations have developed to their present states.

The independent responsibility that we wish to see in practicing engineers is impressed upon our students by emphasis on laboratory work, tutorials, projects, and assignments. Further, the student is assisted in individual studies by counselling and professional development seminars.

These activities encourage a close and profitable student professor relationship and facilitate the interchange of engineering information and experience to develop the professional maturity and integrity of the student.


Students are directed to become familiar and to comply with the general regulations of the University which apply to all students. Additionally, programs within the Faculty of Engineering have particular regulations. Students enrolled in Engineering programs also must comply with these particular requirements.

Students also are directed to read the "Statement of Responsibility" on the inside front cover.


All course changes subsequent to registration require the written approval of the Associate Dean of the Faculty.


A student may register for courses additional to those in the Engineering program only with the permission of the Head of the department in which the student is enrolled and the Associate Dean.


The Academic Standing Committee may grant a supplemental evaluation privilege for a failed course provided that the student:

(a) has failed only one course in the evaluation period; and
(b) has a grade below 50%; and
(c) has a cumulative average of 60% or better.

If a supplemental evaluation privilege is granted and the student decides to exercise this privilege, the student must register for the supplemental and pay the appropriate fee. Once a student has registered for a supplemental evaluation and the required evaluation method has been prescribed, the evaluation will occur at the time and place prescribed by the Faculty of Engineering. Failure to write after registering for the supplemental evaluation will result in a failing grade being assigned. Both the resulting grade and the original grade will be shown on the student's transcript and will be included in the determination of the student's cumulative average.


In addition to complying with the general university regulations an Engineering student must complete the program within eight years of study from the date of first registration in an Engineering program.


The Faculty of Engineering Co-operative Education Program offers students the opportunity to combine their classroom experiences with career-related work experiences. The Co-operative Education Program is based upon the principle that the preparation of undergraduate Engineering students can be enhanced by blending career related work experience with a quality curriculum.

Admission to the Co-operative Education Program is competitive. Students who apply and are accepted into the Program must successfully complete three or four paid work experiences, normally interspersed throughout the four-year honours program, in addition to specified program requirements. The experience gained while participating in these structured and supervised work placements is viewed as an integral component of the student's education program.

Industrial Engineering students have to take an internship position, of at least three (3) terms in duration, to fulfil the requirements.

Note: Under extenuating circumstances, first year Engineering students may be considered for a co-op term in their first year at the discretion of Faculty of Engineering.


Students can apply for the Co-op program directly out of high school via the OUAC application form. The Co-op portion of the degree will begin in the fall of 2nd year. Students who were not admitted and/or did not apply to Co-op directly out of high school can apply for the Engineering Co-op program in September of their 2nd year of study. 2nd year co-op applications are available through the Co-op, Career and Employment Services Office.

Withdrawal from the co-op program will be granted on an exception basis only as it must be determined that the student has no outstanding commitments to employers. Students who wish to withdraw must meet with a Co-op Coordinator and complete a withdrawal form. However, the only time a student may withdraw from an undergraduate co-op program without further co-op fee payment implications is by the 1st Friday of classes after their first co-op work term. Students who withdraw from Co-operative Education at any other time will be liable for paying the co-op fee for the term in which they are dropping and one additional term. This will help offset the costs of developing another student for placement.

In the interest of building solid partnerships with employers, students who have accepted a co-op employment offer (either by ranking a position in round 1 of the job competition or by accepting a position either verbally or in writing in later rounds) must honour that commitment. Therefore, once students have accepted an offer of employment for a work term, they will be considered registered in the appropriate work term course and must remain in the co-op program until they have completed their work term requirements. Failure to honour these commitments and/or to complete all work term requirements will lead to being required to withdraw from the co-op program and will result in a failing grade on his/her transcript for that work term.


All Co-op positions must be full-time, paid, related to the degree program and approved by the University. The process of securing a co-op position is competitive. Co-op students will apply for work opportunities as advertised by the Centre for Career Education using an Internet-based software program and employers will make interview and hiring decisions. Students are also encouraged to seek co-op employment outside of the advertised postings by completing a guided job search process facilitated by the Centre for Career Education.


Fall Term: Study term
Winter Term: Study term

Fall term: Study term
Winter term: Study term
Summer Term: Work term

Fall Term: Study term
Winter Term: Work term
Summer Term: Study term

THIRD YEAR* (for Environmental Engineering)
Fall Term: Study term
Winter Term: Study term
Summer Term: Work term

Fall Term: Work term
Winter Term: Study term
Summer Term: Study term


Co-op students must have: 1) a minimum cumulative average of 70% at the end of Year 1 of Engineering studies; and 2) be eligible for 2nd year standing, or at the discretion of the Faculty of Engineering. Should the number of eligible coop applicants exceed the number of available coop placements, the allocation of available coop placements will be decided on the basis of academic merit (cumulative Year 1 average). Successful coop applicants must maintain a minimum 60% in years 2, 3 and 4 to continue in the Co-op program.


A student's performance in a Work Term will be evaluated as either "Pass" or "Fail". To obtain a "pass" evaluation, a student must successfully complete all the requirements of the Co-operative Program as described in Co-op Commitments and Expectations provided to all co-op students and available from the Co-op, Career and Employment Services Office.


In addition to the requirements for graduation from the regular B.A.Sc. program, students in the Co-operative Program must satisfactorily complete three work terms, unless a student is involved in an internship which is approved for different specific conditions.