Curriculum

Accreditation & Licensure as a Professional Engineer

The practice of engineering is regulated, by statute, in all Canadian provinces and territories. To become a Professional Engineer you must satisfy the requirements of the licensing bodies. These requirements include a degree from an accredited program, successful completion of a professional practice examination in engineering law and ethics and suitable experience.

All programs listed in this Calendar are accredited and evaluated regularly by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) of Engineers Canada; therefore, graduation from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering may lead to licensure as a Professional Engineer by the provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering, in accordance with their individual policies.

No student will be permitted to graduate who does not meet these requirements as this would jeopardize accreditation for the program.

Detailed information about Engineers Canada can be found at engineerscanada.ca.

 

General Program Guidelines

Each program in Engineering and in Engineering Science consists of a technical component and a complementary studies component. The curriculum provides considerable latitude to students in choosing their programs of study. On the following pages the curriculum of each program is set forth in detail. The curriculum for students in first year (in first and second years in Engineering Science) forms a basis in the fundamental subjects prior to subsequent specialization in various Engineering disciplines. Students are able to choose from a range of technical electives in their senior years. In the fourth year, all programs contain a thesis or a design project that provides students with the opportunity to carry out original work in their chosen fields of study.

The curricula, regulations and course information contained in this Calendar are valid for the current academic year only and so, over the course of a student’s attendance in the Faculty, curricula, regulations and course information may change. All such changes will be posted on the Undergraduate Engineering website.

The Faculty reserves the right to withdraw any course for which there is insufficient enrolment or resources and to limit the enrolment in any course.

 

Weight Factor

Weight Factors are associated with every course and are intended to help students determine the relative weight of every course, in terms of time spent in class. Most courses in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering are weighted 0.5, but some (full-year courses) are weighted at 1.0 and others (quarter courses) are weighted at 0.25. Weight factors for courses outside of the Faculty may vary.

Weight factors are used to calculate what is referred to as the "weighted session average" used in promotions. A regular program normally consists of five courses per session with a total weight of 2.5 credits; with prior approval of the Chair of their Department, full-time students may elect to increase their loads to a maximum of 3.0 credits per session.

To be eligible for any scholarship or award granted solely on academic standing, a student must have completed not less than the normal full load (2.5 credits per term) within the two sessions upon which the award is based. A student whose program in these two sessions contains repeated courses will only be eligible if the aggregate of new courses is equal to or greater than 2.5 credits per term.

 

Course Definitions

Core Course
A core course is defined as any course in a program of study that is expressly required by a department or division in order to fulfil degree requirements.

Electives
Elective courses fall into three categories: technical, free and complementary studies. In general, students must not select elective courses that would involve excessive duplication of material covered elsewhere in their programs. As the promotion of engineering students is based on weighted session averages, honours/pass/fail or credit/no-credit courses may not be taken as electives.

Technical Electives
Each program has a selection of technical electives carefully designed to enhance students’ technical knowledge in specific areas. Details regarding technical electives can be found under each program listing.

Free Electives
Some programs require students to take a free elective. A free elective has few restrictions: any degree credit course listed in the current calendars of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, the Faculty of Arts and Science and the School of Graduate Studies is acceptable as a free elective provided it does not duplicate material covered in courses taken or to be taken.

Complementary Studies
All students are required to take Complementary Studies electives at some point during their program.
  
Complementary studies is broadly defined as studies in humanities, social sciences, arts, management, engineering economics and communication that complement the technical content in the curriculum. Language courses may be included within complementary studies provided they are not taken to fulfil an admission requirement.

Within this context of complementary studies, the Faculty is aware of the heavy responsibility that lies on the shoulders of engineers in our modern technological society, and it strives to educate engineering students with a strong sense of responsibility to others. The Faculty requires students build a firm foundation of engineering ethics, familiarity with their heritage and history and sensitivity to the social context in which they function. To this end, in addition to developing competence in appropriate aspects of mathematics, the physical sciences and design, aspiring engineers must acquire an understanding of the humane aspects of engineering.

Some areas of study under the heading of complementary studies are considered to be essential in the education of an engineer, namely these four elements (described in more detail below):

  1. Introduction to the methodologies and thought process of the humanities and social sciences
  2. Basic knowledge of engineering economics
  3. Competence in oral and written communications
  4. Awareness of the impact of technology on society

Some of these elements have been incorporated into the set curriculum for each program; others are introduced through the selection of Humanities and Social Science (HSS) and Complementary Studies (CS) electives. We urge students to plan their complementary studies electives in accordance with their career aspirations; however, to ensure eligibility for registration as a professional engineer, HSS/CS electives must fit set definitions as outlined below. Please note that HSS electives are a subset of CS electives, so while all HSS electives can count towards CS requirements, not all CS electives can be considered HSS electives. A listing of appropriate HSS and CS electives can be found on the Current Engineering Undergraduates website.

1.  Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)
Engineers’ colleagues frequently have a background in the humanities and social sciences rather than in the physical or mathematical sciences, so students need to have some understanding of the modes of thought used in these disciplines. The Faculty of Arts and Science offers a very comprehensive selection of such courses. Individual programs have various requirements and opportunities to take Humanities and Social Sciences electives. Subject to conditions imposed by the Faculty of Arts and Science, students may choose any course that does not include languages, grammar, mathematics (including symbolic logic and probability & inductive logic), economics, technique (e.g. art, music, video production), physical and life sciences (including, but not limited to astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, zoology, computer science and psychology). A course must be pre-approved as HSS-eligible by the Faculty before a student may enrol.

The HSS courses that are available to students are listed on the undergraduate engineering website,

Students seeking a broader choice in their Humanities and Social Sciences electives can obtain more information about appropriate courses and enrolment procedures from the Faculty Registrar’s Office or their departmental office. Enrolment may involve submission of a ballot or consultation with the offering department.

2. Engineering Economics
Each program includes at least one required course on engineering economics. These courses provide an opportunity for students to become familiar with the basic tools used to assess the economic viability of proposed engineering projects. The program-required courses are CHE249H1 F, CME368H1 S, MIE258H1 F, ECE472H1 F/S and CHE374H1 F.

3. Oral and Written Communications
Engineers must be able to communicate their ideas effectively to peers, other professionals and the public at large. Technically sound solutions will often be accepted only after the engineer has convinced the public and governmental agencies that they are also socially acceptable. Consequently, technical communication is essential to Engineering. Each program includes the equivalent of one course on technical communication and takes part in a Language Across the Curriculum program that develops communication skills in core engineering courses. The communication courses and the Language program aim to develop skills in report writing, public speaking and graphical presentation with the goal that students will gain solid experience as technical communicators before graduation.

4. Impact of Technology on Society
The courses APS111H1 F and APS112H1 S Engineering Strategies & Practice I and II are required for all programs except Engineering Science, for which ESC101H1 F and ESC102H1 S, Engineering Science Praxis I and II are required.

 

Letters of Permission

A Letter of Permission is required for engineering students seeking to take a course from another university. The Letter of Permission will outline the course(s) the student has permission to take, the transfer credit(s) that can be granted and how they will be applied to the degree (as extra credit, technical elective, HSS/CS, etc).

Students may request any course from a recognized Canadian university, or from an international university that the University of Toronto has an exchange agreement with. Students who wish to take a course from an institution not listed in one of these two categories should note that the course will be closely examined to ensure it is comparable to the academic standards of the University of Toronto. Courses should be academically rigorous and include a written examination, or a significant component of closely supervised work. Online courses will be subject to a special review, to ensure they meet the expectations of the University of Toronto.

Core courses are not usually approved on a Letter of Permission.

To receive credit for completing a course on Letter of Permission, the student must achieve at least one full letter grade above a pass at the host institution, or 60% using the University of Toronto grading scale.

The Letter of Permission request form can be found at the Office of the Registrar, located within the Galbraith building at 35 St. George Street (room 157). This form must be submitted with a copy of the official course description from the host institution’s academic calendar. A non-refundable processing fee of $35 per letter of permission will be charged.

Please note that a Letter of Permission does not apply to courses taken while participating in an official International Exchange.

 

Practical Experience Requirement

Every student must complete a minimum of 600 hours of practical work before graduation. The nature of the work should form an integral part of a student’s education and career development. It, therefore, must contain a good measure of responsibility (e.g., management of programs, systems, equipment, personnel or finances), sound judgment and effective communication and be supportive of the professional career of the student after graduation. Work in many facets of industry, government or public service would be acceptable for this requirement.

This experience may be obtained at any time during the program or through the Engineering Summer Internship Program (ESIP) or Professional Experience Year Co-op Program (PEY Co-op), but work done before entering the Faculty may also meet the requirement. Participation in PEY Co-op or ESIP automatically satisfies the practical experience requirement, provided that students complete and submit the requisite reports.

Practical experience certificate forms may be obtained from the Registrar’s website and shall be signed by the employer or supervisor. Students should return completed forms to their departmental counsellor’s office. The satisfaction or non-satisfaction of this requirement for graduation will be indicated on the student’s grade report in the fourth year winter session as a grade of CR (Credit) or NCR (No Credit).

The Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) may allow pre-graduation experience to count towards 12 months of the four-year “engineering experience” required for eligibility for the P.Eng. designation. For further information visit the PEO website www.peo.on.ca. Please note that the records required by the PEO are separate and distinct from the 600 hours practical experience required for completion of a degree program in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

Students are required to have completed a total of 600 hours of acceptable practical experience before graduation (normally during their summer vacation periods). Students registered within this program may elect to enrol and participate in ESIP and PEY Co-op. The ESIP program is a paid 4-month summer program open to qualified students and serves as an introductory career development program to PEY Co-op. PEY Co-op requires that qualified students undertake a paid, full-time 12-16 month continuous work period with a participating company.

 

Engineering Summer Internship Program (ESIP)

The Fields Institute
222 College Street, Suite 106
416-978-6649
pey.coop@utoronto.ca
www.engineeringcareers.utoronto.ca

The Engineering Summer Internship Program (ESIP) is a paid summer co-op program offered through the Engineering Career Centre. It is available to engineering students in year two or three of study during the 2020 – 2021 academic year. ESIP serves as an introductory career development program for participants. Through formalized and interactive workshops and individual counselling appointments, students are introduced to concepts and tools to prepare them for the workplace.

ESIP prepares students to be competitive for future opportunities, such as those offered in the Professional Experience Year Co-op Program (PEY Co-op) and beyond graduation.

Please note that as of 2021-2022, the ESIP program will be an optional 4-month summer work term within the Professional Experience Year Co-op Program.

 

Professional Experience Year Co-Op Program (PEY Co-op)

The Fields Institute
222 College Street, Suite 106
416-978-3881
416-978-6649
pey.coop@utoronto.ca
www.engineeringcareers.utoronto.ca

The Professional Experience Year Co-op Program (PEY Co-op) is a co-operative education program offered through the Engineering Career Centre (ECC). Engineering students as well as Arts & Science students (namely computer science, pharmacology, toxicology, pharmaceutical chemistry and commerce) participate in the PEY Co-op program. 

This program connects students with industry where they can apply their in-class knowledge to a continuous 12-16 month co-op work-term. The length of the work term offers students sufficient time to become involved in large-scale projects, build relationships with employers and reach professional milestones. Students who elect to participate in this program make industry contacts, gain valuable career skills and significant professional experience prior to graduation. 

In 2019-2020, approximately 1,100 students successfully secured PEY Co-op work-terms in 350 companies. Some of our past and current out-of-province and international work-terms include Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland & Labrador, United States, Peru, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Netherlands, France, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, United Kingdom, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
 

Engineering Communication Program

Director: Deborah Tihanyi 

Our purpose is to help engineering undergraduates build professional-level communication skills. Our faculty are integrated in courses across the curriculum from first to fourth year. Additionally, we facilitate one-to-one tutoring, offer elective courses (part of the Certificate in Communication) and workshops.

We create practices, programs and partnerships that enable engineering undergrads to become confident and effective communicators who will become leaders in their fields. For more information, visit us online

 

The Jeffrey Skoll BASc/MBA Program (Skoll Program)

The Jeffrey Skoll BASc/MBA program provides University of Toronto engineering students with the opportunity to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at the Rotman School of Management immediately after completion of their BASc. This program is unique in Canada. Students admitted into the program will be considered for a Skoll scholarship to partially offset the Rotman MBA tuition.

Why combine engineering and business? Today’s engineers are often team leaders, project managers, company directors and entrepreneurs, and make a significant impact in the business world. The Skoll BASc/MBA program offers select students the opportunity to earn both technical and management qualifications, to become the next generation of leaders in business and industry.

How does the Skoll Program work? Students interested in the Skoll program must complete a Professional Experience Year (PEY) internship of at least 12 months during their BASc program. Students apply to the Rotman MBA program during their fourth year of Engineering studies. If offered admission into Rotman, students will then be considered for a Skoll scholarship. Students then continue on to finish their BASc, and in September of the same year, enter the Rotman MBA program. 

How to apply? Only fourth-year Engineering students who have completed a PEY internship can apply to the Skoll program. Students apply directly to Rotman. Please visit the Skoll Program website for admission requirements and instructions.  The annual deadline for applying is February 1.

 

Part-Time Studies

All years of the BASc degree in Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Materials, Mechanical and Mineral Engineering may be taken on a part-time basis (maximum of three courses per session).

First-year Students
First-year students who are registered on a full-time basis may request to transfer to part-time studies by the deadline indicated under the “Fall Sessional Dates.” Permission to make this transfer must be obtained from either the Chair, First Year or the Faculty Registrar. Transfers from part-time to full-time studies will normally be permitted only after completion of an entire program year (usually 10 courses).

Upper-year Students
Students who have completed first, second or third year as full-time students may apply to transfer to part-time studies by submitting a transfer form by the deadline indicated under the “Winter Sessional Dates.”

Academic Program Load
A part-time student may enrol in a maximum of three one-session courses in each of the Fall Session, the Winter Session and the Summer Session with permission of the responsible Division or Department. Once enrolled in the part-time program, a student must complete all the courses for a program year over a minimum of two calendar years before requesting to continue studies on a full-time basis. For example, a part-time student who requires ten courses to complete first year may not proceed to second year after one year (i.e. the ten courses must be spread over a minimum of two years).

The selection of courses must satisfy the prerequisite and co-requisite structure specified in the course descriptions.

Students admitted with advanced standing who require the equivalent of at least 18 one-session courses to complete the requirements for a degree may register in a part-time program subject to the same conditions as other students. Students who require the equivalent of fewer than 18 one-session courses must attend on a full-time basis.

Promotion Regulations
Part-time students are governed by the promotion regulations described in Chapter 6.

Degree Requirements
To qualify for a degree, a student must complete a full undergraduate program within nine calendar years of first registration, exclusive of mandatory absences from their program.

 

International Student Exchanges

Student exchange is a Learning Abroad opportunity that enables students to study at partner institutions while gaining an understanding of different cultures, heritages, values and lifestyles found across borders.

Exchange programs operate under formal agreements between the University of Toronto and partner universities abroad and in Canada. University of Toronto students who participate in exchange programs will pay full-time tuition and compulsory incidental fees to the University of Toronto. Students can then study at one of the University of Toronto’s partner universities without paying tuition fees to the host university.

Please note that many of the universities in countries where English is not the host country’s official language still offer many, if not all, courses in English. Notable examples include universities in Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Learning Abroad also offers two- to four-month international summer research opportunities for qualified students.

Applications deadlines occur between December and April each year, depending on your program of choice and the term you intend to go abroad.

Funding is available on a needs basis for international opportunities. Select partner institutions offer guaranteed bursaries to students. Additional information is found on the Learning Abroad website:learningabroad.utoronto.ca.

 

The following exchange programs are available through the CIE:   

Argentina

  • Torcuato di Tella University

Australia

  • University of Sydney
  • Monash University
  • Australian National University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Wollongong

Austria

  • University of Graz

Barbados

  • University of the West Indies 

Belgium

  • KU Leuven

Brazil

  • Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP)
  • University of Sao Paulo

Canada

  • McGill University
  • University of British Columbia (UBC)

Chile

  • Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) Chile
  • University of Chile

   China

  • Beihang University
  • Southern University of Science & Technology (SUSTech)
  • Fudan University
  • Peking University
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Shanghai University
  • Tongji University
  • Tsinghua University

The Czech Repbulic

  • Masaryk University

 Denmark

  • University of Copenhagen
  • Denmark Technical University 

   England

  • University College London
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Manchester
  • Lancaster University
  • King's College, London
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Liverpool

Estonia

  • University of Tartu

Finland

  • University of Helsinki

France

  • Universite Grenoble Alpes
  • Lyon 3 (Jean Moulin University)
  • Arts et Metiers ParisTech (ENSAM)
  • Lyon 2 (Lumiere University)
  • Aix-Marseille University
  • Centrale Supelec
  • Ecole Polytechnique
  • ISAE-SUPAERO
  • Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne University)
  • Paris 3 (Sorbonne Nouvelle University)
  • Paris 9 (Paris-Dauphine University)
  • Sorbonne University

Germany

  • University of Hamburg
  • Technical University Darmstadt
  • Technical University of Munich
  • Humboldt University of Berlin
  • University of Freiburg (Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet-Freiburg)
  • University of Stuttgart
  • Goethe University
  • Frankfurt (Johann Wolfgang Goethe University)
  • Heidelberg University
  • LMU Munich
  • University of Bonn
  • University of Konstanz
  • University of Mannheim

Hong Kong

  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
  • University of Hong Kong

India

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Ireland

  • Trinity College, Dublin

Israel

  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
  • Tel Aviv University    

Italy

  • University of Siena
  • Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia
  • Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore 

Jamaica

  • University of the West Indies (Mona) 

Japan

  • RIKEN (SREP only)
  • Keio University
  • Kwansei Gakuin University 
  • Kyoto University
  • Nihon University
  • Osaka University
  • Tohoko University  
  • Waseda University 
  • University of Tokyo

    

Lebanon

  • American University in Beirut

Mexico

  • National Autonomous University of Mexico 
  • Technical University of Monterrey

Netherlands

  • Delft University of Technology
  • University of Amsterdam
  • Utrecht University 

New Zealand

  • University of Auckland
  • University of Otago

Norway

  • University of Oslo

Portugal

  • University of Porto

Scotland

  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of St. Andrews
  • University of Strathclyde

Singapore

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Singapore Management University

South Africa

  • University of Johannesburg

South Korea

  • Korea University
  • South Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
  • Seoul National University
  • Yonsei University

Spain

  • IE University
  • University of Barcelona

Sweden

  • Lund University
  • Uppsala University  

Switzerland

  • Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne 
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
  • University of Geneva   

Taiwan

  • National Taiwan University

Thailand

  • Chulalongkorn University
  • King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi

Trinidad & Tobago

  • University of the West Indies

United States of America

  • Killam Fellowships Program

 

 

Degree POSt (Program Of Study) Codes

The Faculty uses the following Degree POSt Codes to note which program a student is currently enrolled in.  Options within a program are categorized by a unique degree POSt code.  Full-time and part-time students will fall under one of these codes.  It is possible for students to change their degree POSt code during their time in the faculty.

POST CODE DEGREE PROGRAM
AE NDEG   Non-Degree Special Student
AEENGBASC   Track One - General Engineering
AECHEBASC BASc Chemical Engineering
AECIVBASC BASc Civil Engineering
AECPEBASC BASc Computer Engineering
AEELEBASC BASc Electrical Engineering
AEESCBASE
AEESCBASEA
AEESCBASEF
AEESCBASEI
AEESCBASEJ
AEESCBASEL
AEESCBASEP
AEESCBASER
AEESCBASET AEESCBASEZ
BASc in Eng.Sci
BASc in Eng.Sci
BASc in Eng.Sci
BASc in Eng.Sci
BASc in Eng.Sci
BASc in Eng.Sci
BASc in Eng.Sci
BASc in Eng.Sci
BASc in Eng.Sci
BASc in Eng.Sci
Engineering Science
Engineering Science (Aerospace Engineering Major)
Engineering Science (Engineering Mathematics, Statistics and Finance Major)
Engineering Science (Infrastructure Engineering Major)
Engineering Science (Energy Systems Engineering  Major)
Engineering Science (Machine Intelligence Engineering Major)
Engineering Science (Engineering Physics Major)
Engineering Science (Electrical and Computer Engineering Major)
Engineering Science (Biomedical Systems Engineering Major)
Engineering Science (Robotics Engineering Major)
AEINDBASC  BASc  Industrial Engineering 
AELMEBASC  BASc  Lassonde Mineral Engineering 
AEMECBASC  BASc  Mechanical Engineering 
AEMMSBASC  BASc  Materials Engineering 
AEMINAIEN
AEMINADVM
AEMINBIO
AEMINBME
AEMINBUS
AEMINENV
AEMINENR
AEMINMUSP
AEMINNANO
AEMINRAM
  Minor in Artifiial Intelligence Engineering 
Minor in Advanced Manufacturing
Minor in Biogengineering
Minor in Biomedical Engineering
Minor in Engineering Business
Minor in Environmental Engineering
Minor in Sustainable Energy
Minor in Engineering Music Performance
Minor in Nanoengineering
Minor in Robotics and Mechatronics
AECERAIEN
AECERBUS
AECERCOM
AECERENTR
AECERFORE
AECERGLOB
AECERLEAD
AECERMINR
AECERMUST
AECERNUC
AECERRRE
  Certificate in Artificial Intelligence Engineering
Certificate in Engineering Business
Certificate in Communication
Certificate in Entrepreneurship
Certificate in Forensic Engineering
Certificate in Global Engineering
Certificate in Engineering Leadership
Certificate in Mineral Resources
Certificate in Music Technology
Certificate in Nuclear Engineering
Certificate in Renewable Resources