Lassonde Mineral Engineering Program (AELMEBASC)
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Room GB116, Galbraith Building
Associate Chair, Undergraduate
Professor John Harrison
The first year of the four-year curriculum is similar to that of other engineering programs at the University. All subsequent years are unique to the Lassonde Mineral Engineering Program, with transfer into year two of Mineral Engineering being permitted from both the General Engineering (TrackOne) first year and other engineering programs. Year two curriculum concentrates on minerals engineering fundamentals, and years three and four comprise a minerals engineering core supplemented by technical electives. A wide range of technical electives are available, thereby allowing students to specialize should they so wish in one particular branch of minerals engineering. Students also study humanities and complementary studies electives in the final two years.
Practical aspects of the program are presented through laboratory sessions and students attend one survey and one geology field camp, each of which is two weeks in duration. Students are encouraged to obtain industrial experience during the summer breaks. They also have the opportunity to participate in the Professional Experience Year Co-op Program between years three and four.
Attractive entrance and in-course scholarships and bursaries are available, including the prestigious, competitively awarded Lassonde Scholarships. Mineral engineering encompasses those activities necessary to extract and process natural mineral resources. The Lassonde Mineral Engineering Program is comprehensive, covering topics from the entire scope of minerals engineering: from geology and mineral exploration, through analysis and design of surface and underground excavations, mechanical and explosive excavation of geological materials, planning and management of mines and quarries, processing of metallic, non‑metallic and industrial minerals, safety and environmental protection and on to financial aspects of minerals operations. This wide range of topics means that the program is truly interdisciplinary, using concepts and techniques from mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology and economics; in the setting of the University of Toronto it is thus both interdepartmental and interfaculty, with the Departments of Civil Engineering, Geology and Materials Science and Engineering contributing to the program. As Toronto is a world centre for mining and mining finance, the program is able to maintain close links with the minerals industry and thus invites recognised experts from various branches of the industry to deliver state-of-the-art treatment of specialized topics within the curriculum.
Graduates obtain a comprehensive training in minerals engineering and are well prepared for future challenges in the planning and financing of mineral and related engineering projects as well as for graduate study in mining, geological, or civil engineering. The program is accredited with the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.
Personal Protective Equipment
Practical Experience Requirement (PER)
Professional Experience Year Co-op Program (PEY Co-op)
Summer Field Camp
An August Field Camp must be completed by all Lassonde Mineral Engineering students in the summer before fourth year. Results of the course are used to compute the fourth-year Fall Term average. An extra fee is charged to cover part of the cost of transportation, food and accommodation.
Minors & Certificate Programs
Jeffrey Skoll BASc / MBA Program
The Jeffrey Skoll Combined BASc / MBA Program allows qualified and selected students in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering to complete both a BASc and an MBA in a reduced time. Students will be admitted to the program prior to entering their fourth year of studies in the BASc program. Interested students should contact the Rotman School of Management.