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Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

Since its founding in 1873, the School of Practical Science, which became the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (APSC) in 1906, has conferred more than 23,000 degrees and diplomas. APSC graduates have pursued careers in all fields of engineering throughout Canada and the world. They are found in the resource industries, manufacturing, transportation, communications; in law, finance and health care systems. They are employed by governments, in private enterprise, both large and small, and throughout our educational system. Many have become executives in major corporations and businesses, or technological entrepreneurs.

The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering has long recognized the importance of practical professional experience in engineering education. Introduced in 1979, the Professional Experience Year (PEY) internship program provides a unique opportunity for companies to benefit from, and to assess, the capabilities of prospective young employees. The program works to enhance the educational experience of the student. PEY provides full-time undergraduate students who have successfully completed two or three years of their academic program with the opportunity to obtain valuable practical work experience over a 12-16 month period. In 1979, PEY began by placing eight students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering in sixteen-month work terms at Ontario Hydro, General Motors, and de Havilland. Since then, students from all engineering programs have found jobs through the PEY Program. Computer Science students from the Faculty of Arts and Science participated for the first time in May, 1989; several other departments from Arts and Science have since been involved with the Program. To date, thousands of U of T students have found employment through PEY.

The Engineering Science program is designed for students primarily interested in the application of science to modern technology, and who wish to prepare themselves for careers in applied research, advanced engineering design or teaching. The courses offered in Engineering Science are of high standard; only students with superior ability in, and aptitude for, mathematics and science can expect to succeed in them.

The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto have established a program unequalled in Canada to provide a fast track for students to earn their Bachelor's degree in engineering, complete a professional experience year and a management internship, and earn an MBA. Highlights of the program include:

1) The opportunity to gain business experience and managerial skills
2) A global perspective
3) The opportunity to graduate in a shorter time frame compared to the conventional path

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Students at the Faculty can choose to enroll in one or more of our undergraduate minors and certificate programs which enhance a student’s degree program experience.

Students may enroll in any of the following minors:

BIOENGINEERING: This minor is open to Engineering students interested in learning more about biology and its application to engineering. Students can examine all areas at the interface of Engineering and Biology. This includes bioprocesses engineering, environmental microbiology, biomaterials, tissue engineering, bioelectricity, biomedical imaging, biomechanical engineering, nanotechnology related to medicine and the environment, and engineering design for human interfaces. For more information, please visit:

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING: Specifically designed for undergraduate engineering students interested in applying their engineering knowledge to applications in health care, the Biomedical Engineering Minor is a specialized program that emphasizes opportunities in fields ranging from pharmaceutical and therapeutic technologies, medical devices, medical diagnostics, health care delivery, health regulatory and policy development, medical diagnostic technologies, to biomedical devices and bioinformatics.
The Biomedical Engineering minor will prepare students for direct entry into the applied biomedical engineering industry with a particular specialization in biomedical technologies. Students who successfully complete the Biomedical Engineering Minor will be trained and specialize in areas of bioinstrumentation, biostatistics, biomedical laboratory techniques, biological and biomedical imaging, biomaterials development and processing, biomechanics and rehabilitation technologies, biosystems and quantitative physiology, and cellular, tissue and molecular engineering.
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ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING: Students interested in learning more about ecology, sustainable design, risk assessment and environmental impact may be interested in this minor. Our definition of environmental engineering is broad, reaching to all areas at the interface of engineering and the environment. This includes ecology and ecological impacts, waste management, water and wastewater treatment, environmental microbiology, water resources engineering, hydrology, preventive engineering, life cycle analysis, design for the environment, and extends to the social and environmental impacts of technology. For more information, please visit: (

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY: This minor is for students interested in learning more about energy, its sustainable use, energy demand management, and the public policy context in which energy use and production is regulated. Our courses reach all areas of energy use, production, distribution, transmission, storage, and development. This includes energy use and production for transportation, for space cooling and heating demands, and electrical production (from both alternative and conventional sources), energy distribution and storage, and extends to energy conservation, price, greenhouse gas production and control, and aspects of public policy. For more information, please visit: (

ENGINEERING BUSINESS: Students eager to make a valuable connection with the business field can pursue a unique-in-Canada Engineering Business Minor. This minor is a collaborative effort between Engineering and the Rotman School of Management. It is designed specifically for Engineering students interested in learning more about the business dimension of engineering, from finance and economics to management and leadership. Courses cover wealth production and creation, accounting, research and development, management, economics and entrepreneurship, all within a global context. For more information, please visit:

ROBOTICS AND MECHATRONICS: The minor program in Robotics and Mechatronics will allow students to explore fundamental enabling technologies that render robotic and mechatronic systems into viable consumer products. Coursework will cover micro-electromechanical systems and nanotechnology, advanced techniques for signal processing and systems control, and new system-level principles underlying embedded systems. The minor in Robotics and Mechatronics is a collaborative effort among 5 different engineering departments and institutes. For more information, please visit:

We also offer six certificate programs which are awarded based on completion of a required set of courses:
1) Entrepreneurship
2) Preventive Engineering and Social Development
3) Engineering Business
4) Global Engineering
5) Mineral Resources
6) Nuclear Engineering
7) Renewable Resources
8) Engineering Leadership

The Lassonde Mining Institute was established to facilitate research on important problems related to the mining and mineral industries. Graduate studies in mineral engineering may be pursued through the Departments of Civil Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering.

The Centre for International Experience administers university-wide international and Canadian exchanges for U of T students. The exchange programs offer students a variety of opportunities to study at partner institutions while gaining an understanding of different cultures, heritages, values and lifestyles found across borders.

Exchange programs operate under formal agreements between U of T and partner universities abroad and in Canada. U of T students who participate in exchange programs pay full-time tuition and compulsory incidental fees to U of T. Students can then study at one of U of T’s partner universities without paying tuition fees at the host university.