Undergrad program structure

Year 1 of our programs is designed to provide a fundamental background in all areas of engineering. Classroom lessons are reinforced with laboratory studies. All future engineers at McMaster go through a common first year program.

Year 2 and onwards - there are five major programs. Within some of the programs we also have two streams.

1. Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering is a 4 year program. Students develop a strong foundation in basic sciences and have the opportunity to participate in courses aimed at developing problem solving, team, self-assessment and lifelong learning skills. the Department has identified a number of technical focus areas that link our teaching and research expertise and provide students with a package of courses that prepare them for specific industrial sectors and career paths.

2. Chemical Engineering with Co-op

Students in this program have the opportunity of applying for an industrial internship. If successful, the student typically is employed on industrial placement from the month of May following their third year in the academic program and return to school for Level 4 in September of the following year.

3. Chemical Engineering and Management

This program combines Chemical Engineering with the core requirements of a commerce degree. The resulting 5 year course of study is the only discipline-specific, accredited undergraduate program of its kind in Canada. The program provides skills not available to graduates in any other program in Canada. It is useful for giving graduates a competitive edge for getting a job and for a career in management, enabling them to fast-track their way to the top. This program introduces concepts useful in managing the financial aspects of chemical engineering projects.

4. Chemical Engineering and Society

This program combines Chemical Engineering with a broader university experience. Students graduating from this five-year program, will receive a traditional education in the field of Chemical Engineering, as well as learning about the complex interactions between technology and society. The program is designed to promote the ability of students to interact effectively with others and take a multi-dimensional approach to problem solving. In addition, a series of focused elective courses outside the Faculty of Engineering are taken.

5. Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering

This program is another unique 5 year program offered leading to the degree Bachelor of engineering and Biosciences. It combines the core chemical engineering undergraduate curriculum with courses from the life sciences (biology, human anatomy and physiology, biochemistry of macromolecules, cellular and molecular biology) as well as specific courses (bioreactors and bioseparations) related to bioengineering.

Our three streams

Students who complete the required courses and the technical electives, within the overall annual credit requirements, will be eligible to have a transcript notation denoting the completion of the elective stream.

1. Process Systems Engineering (PSE) stream

Process Systems Engineering (PSE) provides knowledge and skills that enable engineers to analyze integrated processes using mathematical methods and computer tools. PSE analysis is based on engineering fundamentals and seeks to design and operate systems that achieve desired steady-state and dynamic behaviours, including safety, consistent product quality and high profit.

Required courses: ChE 4C03, ChE 4E03, ChE 4G03, and ChE 4L02 (PSE laboratories completed). Other courses may be substituted with permission of the Department Chair.

Recommended technical electives outside ChE: Electrical Engineering 4CL4, Mechanical Engineering 4H03, Engineering Physics 3W04

Students who complete the required courses and the technical electives, within the overall annual credit requirements, will be eligible to have a transcript notation denoting the completion of the elective stream.

2. Polymer Materials and Manufacturing (PMM) stream

Polymer Materials and Manufacturing (PMM) provides knowledge and skills to enable engineers to address manufacturing problems and processes. The recommended courses recognized that manufacturing engineering is an interdisciplinary team- based problem solving activity and so courses from Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical engineering suppliment and enrich the existing Chemical Engineering curriculum.

Required courses: ChE 3Q03, ChE 4B03, ChE 4C03, ChE 4L02 (PMM laboratories completed), and ChE 4X03. Other courses may be substituted with permission of the Department Chair. Students in the Management or Society program are required to also take Engineer 2O03 (or MATLS 1M03).

Recommended technical electives courses: Mechanical Engineering 3C03, Materials engineering 3M03 and 4P03

Students who complete the required courses and the technical electives, within the overall annual credit requirements, will be eligible to have a transcript notation denoting the completion of the elective stream.

3. Water-Energy Technologies (WET) stream

Water-Energy Technologies (WET) provides knowledge and skills to enable engineers to address issues related to water and energy provision in our lifetimes, and beyond (sustainability), as well as at the intersection of water and energy.

Required courses:ChE 4A03 OR EngPhys 3ES3, ChE 4M03, ChE 4W04 (the designated project option must be selected), ChE 4L02 (WET laboratories completed), and one of ENGINEER 4V04 or CIVENG 4V04. Other courses may be substituted with permission of the Department Chair.