Engineering Science

Undergraduate Program in Engineering Science (AEESCBASE)

Director, Division of Engineering Science
Natalie Enright-Jerger, Professor, P.Eng., Canada Research Chair in Computer Architecture, ECE
Suite 106, Fields Institute (by appointment)

Associate Director, Curriculum, Division of Engineering Science
Peter Grant, BASc (Manitoba), MASc (Toronto), PhD (Toronto), P.Eng., Associate Professor, UTIAS
Suite 106, Fields Institute (by appointment)

Associate Director, Years 1 & 2, Division of Engineering Science
Robert Irish, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, ECP
Suite 106, Fields Institute (by appointment)

Associate Director, Years 3 & 4, Division of Engineering Science
Arthur Chan, BS (Pennsylvania), MS, PhD (CalTech), Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair, ChemE & Applied Chemistry
Suite 106, Fields Institute (by appointment)


Undergraduate Academic Advisors

Academic Advisor, Years 1 & 2
Stephen Johns
Suite 106, Fields Institute

Academic Advisor for International Students, Years 1 & 2
Irma Berardi
Suite 106, Fields Institute

Academic Advisor, Years 3 & 4
Brendan Heath
Suite 106, Fields Institute

Senior Officer, Program & Student Experience
Kimia Moozeh
Suite 106, Fields Institute

Frontline Student Advisor and Office Administrator
Mandana Esmaeili
Suite 106, Fields Institute


Engineering Science is an enriched program that provides excellent preparation for postgraduate studies in engineering and science as well as for other professional degree programs such as business, law and medicine. Program graduates are also well qualified to immediately embark on professional engineering-related careers.

The Engineering Science program shares elements of the Faculty’s engineering programs, but the program is distinct in many respects. Key differences include:

  • The Engineering Science program is designed and delivered at a level that is more academically demanding.
  • The Engineering Science program contains more mathematics, science and engineering science, with a greater focus on deriving results using a first-principles approach.
  • The Engineering Science program has a distinct “2+2” curriculum structure, namely a two-year foundation curriculum followed by a two-year specialization curriculum in a diverse range of fields, many of which are unique to the Engineering Science program.
  • The Engineering Science program requires that all students complete an independent research-based thesis project.

Engineering Science students in years one, two, and three are required to maintain a full course load unless they obtain permission from their academic advisor to pursue part-time studies or less than a full course load. Students entering year four are expected to maintain a full course load, but students with medical or personal reasons or who have completed program requirements prior to year four may go part-time or have less than a full course load in 4F and/or 4W. This is subject to the approval of the student's academic advisor. A reduced course load in 4F or 4W may impact award assessments. Please refer to the academic calendar under "Academic Regulations VII: Academic Standing" for Honours Standing criteria as related to course load and consult your academic advisor for more information.

Transfers from first-year Engineering Science to one of the Faculty’s Core 8 engineering programs are permitted early in the Fall Term (typically within the first two weeks of the Fall Term), the end of the Fall Term and the end of the Winter Term. Continuation into the Winter Term of year one requires a minimum average of 55% in the Fall Term; continuation into year two requires a minimum average of 65% in the Winter Term of year one. Students who do not meet these requirements are required to transfer into one of the Faculty’s Core 8 programs, subject to the requirements and provisions outlined in the section on Academic Regulations in this Calendar. 

Engineering Science Curriculum

The first two years of the curriculum focus on the foundations of both engineering and science. The courses in the first two years of the program are common for all students and are only offered to students in the program. At the end of the second year, each student selects one of the following majors (represents their major field of specialization) to pursue in their final two years:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Systems Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Energy Systems Engineering
  • Machine Intelligence
  • Engineering Mathematics, Statistics & Finance
  • Engineering Physics
  • Robotics Engineering

The curriculum for the first two years and the curricula for the eight majors are presented below. 

Degree Designation

An Engineering Science student graduates with the degree “Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science.” On their official transcript, their chosen Major is indicated on their official transcript (e.g., Major in Aerospace Engineering).

Degree Requirements

To graduate, students must meet all of the degree requirements outlined in the section on Academic Regulations in this Calendar. In addition to these requirements, students must also complete their chosen Program of Study in Engineering Science as described on the following pages of this Calendar, as well as the curriculum requirements of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). 

To complete their chosen Program of Study, students are responsible for ensuring that they have taken all of the required courses and the correct number of technical electives for their Major. Students may request elective course substitutions, but any such substitutions must be approved in advance by the Division of Engineering Science through the student's academic advisor. This also applies to any course listed as "Other Technical Elective." Students must also meet the Complementary Studies (CS) requirements of the program. This includes 2.0 credits, of which 1.0 credit must be in Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). More information on CS and HSS electives may be found in the Curriculum & Programs section of this Calendar. Students may change the term in which they take Technical and CS/HSS Electives (for example, switch a CS/HSS elective in year three Fall with a Technical Elective in Year four Fall), as long as they meet the elective requirements for their Major.

To satisfy CEAB requirements, students must accumulate during their program of study a minimum total number of accreditation units (AU) as well as a minimum number of AU in six categories: complementary studies, mathematics, natural science, engineering science, engineering design and combined engineering science and design. The Division of Engineering Science provides students with a planning tool called the AU Tracker to help students ensure that they satisfy these requirements. The AU Tracker, which lists all successfully completed courses as well as all of the courses they are enrolled in for the current academic year, confirms whether students are on track to meet or exceed the CEAB requirements.

If a student is deficient in terms of the Program of Study or falls short in any of the CEAB categories, the student must adjust their course selection accordingly to graduate.

Practical Experience Requirement

Students are required to have completed a total of 600 hours of acceptable practical experience before graduation (normally during their summer vacation periods). Satisfactory completion of the Professional Experience Year (PEY) Co-op Program will also completely fulfill the Practical Experience Requirement (PER).