X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Engineering [B.Eng.]

Water Resources Engineering Program Co-op (WRE:C)

School of Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Water resources engineering focuses on the use and management of land and water resources in rural and urban watersheds. The hydrologic and hydraulic behaviour of watershed flow systems is combined with engineering science and ecological principles in the design of water management systems and strategies. Water management includes flood prevention, warning and control; drainage; design of natural channels; irrigation; and erosion prevention and control. The supply of water for municipal, industrial and agricultural purposes is considered in the context of resource conservation. Identification of potential point and diffused sources of pollutants is used to develop efficient, environmentally sustainable and economical methods to preserve high-quality water to sustain human life and water-dependent ecosystems.

Program Requirements

The Co-op program in Water Resources Engineering is a five year program, including five work terms. Students must complete a Fall, Winter and Summer work term and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined below (also found on the Co-operative Education website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/). Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to adjusting this schedule.

Water Resources Engineering Academic and Co-op Work Term Schedule
Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Academic Semester 1 Academic Semester 2 Off
2 Academic Semester 3


Academic Semester 4 COOP*1000 Work Term I
3 Academic Semester 5 COOP*2000 Work Term II COOP*3000 Work Term III
4 Academic Semester 6 Academic Semester 7 COOP*4000 Work Term IV
5 COOP*5000 Work Term V Academic Semester 8 N/A

To be eligible to continue in the Co-op program, students must meet a minimum 70% cumulative average requirement after second semester, as well as meet all work term requirements. Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to work term performance grading, work term report grading and program completion requirements.

For additional program information students should consult with their Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisor, listed on the Co-operative Education web site.

Credit Summary (25.50 Total Credits)*

19.50 - Required Core Courses

1.00 – WRE-1 Water Resources Engineering Electives

1.00 – WRE-2 Environmental and Water Resources Electives

2.00 – Complementary Studies Electives

2.00 - Co-op Work Terms

Note: A minimum of four Co-op work terms including a Summer, Fall, and Winter are necessary to complete the Co-op requirement. *A fifth Co-op work term is optional and if completed, the total number of credits will equal 26.00.

See Program Guide for more information on restricted electives and their prerequisite requirements. Students can take a maximum of 1.50 credits at the 1000 level from the above list of electives.

The recommended program sequence is outlined below.

Major (Honours Program)

Semester 1 - Fall
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
ENGG*1100 [0.75] Engineering and Design I
ENGG*1500 [0.50] Engineering Analysis
MATH*1200 [0.50] Calculus I
PHYS*1130 [0.50] Physics with Applications
Semester 2 - Winter
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
CIS*1500 [0.50] Introduction to Programming
ENGG*1210 [0.50] Engineering Mechanics I
MATH*1210 [0.50] Calculus II
PHYS*1010 [0.50] Introductory Electricity and Magnetism
Semester 3 - Fall
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
ENGG*2230 [0.50] Fluid Mechanics
ENGG*2400 [0.50] Engineering Systems Analysis
GEOG*2000 [0.50] Geomorphology
MATH*2270 [0.50] Applied Differential Equations
STAT*2120 [0.50] Probability and Statistics for Engineers
One of:
BIOL*1090 [0.50] Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
MICR*2420 [0.50] Introduction to Microbiology
Semester 4 - Winter
ENGG*2100 [0.75] Engineering and Design II
ENGG*2120 [0.50] Material Science
ENGG*2550 [0.50] Water Management
ENGG*2560 [0.50] Environmental Engineering Systems
MATH*2130 [0.50] Numerical Methods
0.50 restricted electives
Summer Semester
COOP*1000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term I
Semester 5 - Fall
ENGG*3240 [0.50] Engineering Economics
ENGG*3260 [0.50] Thermodynamics
ENGG*3590 [0.50] Water Quality
ENGG*3650 [0.50] Hydrology
ENGG*3670 [0.50] Soil Mechanics
0.50 restricted electives
Winter Semester
COOP*2000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term II
Summer Semester
COOP*3000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term III
Semester 6 - Fall
ENGG*3340 [0.50] Geographic Information Systems in Environmental Engineering
ENGG*4360 [0.75] Soil-Water Conservation Systems Design
ENGG*4370 [0.75] Urban Water Systems Design
1.00 restricted electives
Semester 7 - Winter
ENGG*3100 [0.75] Engineering and Design III
ENGG*3220 [0.50] Groundwater Engineering
ENGG*3430 [0.50] Heat and Mass Transfer
HIST*1250 [0.50] Science and Technology in a Global Context
1.00 restricted electives
Summer Semester
COOP*4000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term IV
Fall Semester
COOP*5000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term V
ENGG*4000 [0.00] Proposal for Engineering Design IV
Semester 8 - Winter
ENGG*4150 [1.00] Water Resources Engineering Design IV
ENGG*4250 [0.75] Watershed Systems Design
1.00 restricted electives
Note:ENGG*4250 can be taken in Semester 7
Restricted Electives (see Program Guide for more information)

The Engineering Program requires Water Resources Engineering students to complete the following combination of elective credits to complete their program:

  • 1.00 credits from the WRE-1 Water Resources Engineering electives

  • 1.00 credits from the WRE-2 Environmental and Water Resources electives

  • 2.00 credits from Complementary Studies electives

Consult the Program Guide for further information on the prerequisite requirements specific to each elective. Students can take a maximum of 1.50 credits at the 1000 level from the above list of electives.

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