Degrees and Program Overview

All engineering students follow a common first year curriculum with courses in chemistry, mathematics, physics, computing, engineering mechanics and an introduction to the engineering profession. 

In March of the first year, students are asked to apply to the engineering degree program of their choice. When applying, students have the option of completing their degree program by either taking the Traditional Education Route or the Co-operative Education Route.

Traditional Education Route

This is the most common route university students choose to complete their post-secondary education. It consists of four years of eight four-month terms of full-time study. As our students progress through the engineering classes, the program becomes more directed towards individual interests in engineering.

Co-operative Education Route

The co-op route incorporates a paid, supervised work experience component into the degree program. It consists of eight four-month terms of full-time study and one four-month work and two eight-month work terms. The work terms are paid full-time employment positions related to the student’s field of study.

Approximately 45 per cent of engineering students beyond first year choose this five-year co-op alternative. 

The co-op route is available with all engineering degree programs offered with the exception of the Biomedical Engineering option.