Terms A, B, 1 and 2 comprise the core programme taken by all students. The specialized programmes of Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, and Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering are offered in Terms 3 through 8. Where electives are available in Complementary Studies the selection must be approved by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies). All electives in Terms 3 through 8 must be approved by the Discipline Chairman.


In the nineteenth century, Civil Engineering was defined as, "The art of directing the great sources and powers of nature...for the use and convenience of man". Still valid today, the definition indicates that civil engineers are involved in serving people by providing some of the essentials (e.g., water supplies, shelter and transportation) necessary for civilized life. The oldest of the engineering professions, Civil Engineering deals with the planning, design, and construction of such things as roads, railways, harbours, docks, tunnels, bridges, buildings, water supplies, hydroelectric power development, and sewage collection, treatment and disposal systems.

The programme provides a broad introduction to the scientific principles and engineering techniques necessary for an understanding of the fundamental problems tackled by civil engineers. It also permits students to choose in later terms between two options: environmental and municipal engineering, and construction and structural engineering.


The basic fundamentals of the discipline of Electrical Engineering are covered in a core curriculum which extends through to Term 4. Upon entering Term 5, students must choose either the standard Electrical Engineering option or the Computer and Communications Engineering option, whereupon they will spend a further two terms taking a core appropriate to their selected option. In recognition of the considerable diversity of careers available to electrical engineers, students are given latitude in the final two terms to choose from a wide range of electives in speciality areas appropriate to their option. Electives can be tailored to meet the needs of those who plan to go straight into industry as well as those who wish to join the increasing number of our graduates who are pursuing advanced degrees. Irrespective of their option or ultimate goals, all students are expected to carry out an individual project in their final term demonstrating their mastery of the discipline.


Mechanical Engineering is a highly diversified discipline encompassing the design, manufacture, and utilization of mechanical and thermal energy systems for the service of society. This activity requires a thorough knowledge of materials, mathematics, and the physical sciences, and an ability to apply this knowledge to the synthesis of economical and socially acceptable solutions to engineering problems.

The Mechanical Programme provides students with a sufficiently general background to engage in the diverse activities of Mechanical Engineering. The judicious selection of elective courses in Terms 7 and 8 permits students who have identified specific areas of interest to direct their programmes accordingly. Electives may be chosen from those designated as Mechanical Engineering or, with approval, from courses offered by other disciplines within and outside engineering. Students can thereby tailor their programmes to meet career goals in areas such as research and development, industry, design, resource utilization, offshore development and ocean engineering.


Naval architects conceive, design and construct ships, offshore structures and other floating equipment to survive and operate in a marine environment and to serve the needs of the ocean-going community. A naval architect is an engineer with the working knowledge of several disciplines and expertise in one of the basic areas of structural, hydrodynamical, or marine systems design. The role of naval architects now reaches beyond the confines of shipyards and design offices.

The Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering Programme is the only accredited undergraduate programme specifically in naval architecture in Canada. The programme is designed both to provide graduates for the traditional role in shipbuilding and to provide for highly qualified professionals who can work in related ocean industries such as marine services; offshore engineering; submersibles and other advanced marine vehicles. The undergraduate programme is also a thorough preparation for graduate studies, research and consulting in ocean engineering.

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