University of Guelph

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar


X--Degree Programs

Program Information

Objectives of the Program

Students in this program obtain a liberal engineering education, which enables them to undertake the solution of engineering problems of the biological world and the associated environment of soil, water and atmosphere. Core subjects, combined with elective opportunities, gives an understanding of the interactions between the environment and human activity. This understanding of the environment is used to develop capability to design systems, structures and machines to operate within the environment.

Concern over both urban and rural environment provides challenges for engineers to optimize the use made of air, water and land for the community at large.

Career opportunities are open in many segments of the economy. Examples are: consulting services to municipalities, utilities and industry; resource agencies in advisory, regulatory, planning and utilization; service industries of construction, power and water supply and public health; industrial and agricultural production, design of computer and control systems for processing, storage and transportation.

Many engineers assume management responsibilities after gaining experience in design, development and operations. The liberal education in life, computational, earth or biological sciences in addition to the social sciences and arts prepares students for career mobility.


The baccalaureate degree programs in all engineering programs are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers. Graduates from accredited engineering programs have the educational requirements to apply for membership in the Professional Engineers, Ontario (PEO) and other provinces after a number of years of acceptable engineering experience and successful completion of an PEO examination in engineering law and ethics.

Requirements of the Program

Students combine their required courses in mathematics, physical sciences and engineering with additional courses providing the opportunity for specialization in: one of the programs; complementary studies courses; and elective subjects. Credit must be obtained in a minimum of 44 courses. At least 6 courses must be complementary studies, which consist of courses in the social sciences, arts, management, engineering economics and communication. They complement the technical content of the curriculum.

All courses are selected according to the schedule of studies for the program. Restrictions apply to the number of non-core courses which may be at the 100-level. Further information on approved courses may be obtained from the B.Sc.(Eng.) Program Guide available from the director or program counsellor of the School of Engineering.


The choice of program is made at the time of application. Change of program requires the approval of the director.

The available programs are:

  1. Biological Engineering -

    the application of engineering to the control and management of biological processes, environments, and human factors in engineering design.

  2. Engineering Systems and Computing -

    the application of engineering to the design, operation and management of data sensing, transmission and, processing systems, and of control systems.

  3. Environmental Engineering -

    the application of engineering to protect and restore the environment, through the prevention and treatment of gaseous, liquid and solid wastes.

  4. Water Resources Engineering -

    the application of engineering to the control and management of water and soil resources to meet human needs while sustaining the natural environment.

The schedule of studies for each program is provided below but guidance in the selection of appropriate courses is available from the program counsellor of the School of Engineering.

Additional Course Requirements

Students lacking OAC courses are advised to consult the Recommendations and Notes in Section IV -- Admission Information - B.Sc.(Eng.).

Continuation of Study

Students are advised to consult the regulations for continuation of study within the program which are outlined in detail in Section VIII, Undergraduate Degree Regulation & Procedures. Students will be ineligible to continue in the B.Sc. (Eng.) program if the same course is failed three times.

Conditions for Graduation

To qualify for the degree the student must complete the courses required for a B.Sc. (Eng.) program, obtaining credit in each of the 44 courses and at least 60% of all course attempts must be at a grade of 60% or better.

Co-operative Education

Students studying for the B.Sc.(Eng.) degree may participate in a Co-operative Education program following the completion of the first 4 semesters of study. The Co-operative Education program consists of a minimum of 4 semesters of experience in industry with employers who participate in the program. Reports and assignments are graded by a faculty supervisor with assistance from the employer. Evaluations of Co- op semesters are recorded on the student's academic record. The Co-operative Education program provides an excellent opportunity for students to obtain work experience in industry directly related to their field of study. Interested students should consult their program counsellor.

Students wishing to participate in the Co-operative Education program should indicate their intention to do so by applying for admission to the Co-op program on entrance. Following the completion of semester 2, in-course applicants will be considered for admission to the Co-op program.

Successful applicants will:

  1. have a minimum cumulative average of 70% in semesters 1 and 2;

    and have successfully completed all of the courses required in the schedule of studies for semesters 1 and 2;

  2. be employable in Canada, i.e. be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident in Canada;
  3. have obtained the approval of their Co-op advisor in the school to participate in the program. The Co-op advisor's approval will signify that the schedule of work semesters in the Co-op program as planned by the student is compatible with the schedule of studies in the program in which the student is enrolled.

In-course applications for admission will be accepted for evaluation until the end of late registration for semester 3.

Co-op Work Schedule
Yr. 1 Yr. 2 Yr. 3 Yr. 4 Yr. 5
Fall 1 3 5 6 work
Winter 2 4 work 7 8
Spring work work work

All candidates must complete a minimum of 4 of the preceding 5 work semesters.

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar
X--Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Engineering - B.Sc.(Eng).

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