Degree Options and Opportunities

Engineering Minors and Certificates

Minors and Certificates allow students to focus their courses in a particular area, such as Business, Leadership, Bioengineeing/Biomedical Engineering, Sustainable Energy, Renewable Resources, Environmental Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and Nanoengineering.

Professional Experience Year (PEY)

PEY is an internship program that allows students to apply their knowledge in a 12-16 month project-based professional internship, helping build relationships with employers, gain valuable career skills and obtain significant professional experience before graduation. Meet students who recently completed their PEY placement.

Research Opportunities

Faculty members in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry frequently look for students to help out with research projects. These projects are suitable for a fourth-year thesis (CHE499Y, or ESC499Y), or a Summer Research project. For a list of current research opportunities in the Department, check the Current Student Research Opportunities page. Students are also welcome to approach Faculty directly to find out if there are opportunities in their lab. Check the Research section of the website for information on the Departments research areas (clusters), and the research interests of our Faculty members. Students may also participate in research through a research exchange available through the Study Abroad program. Meet a few students who recently completed a summer research exchange.

Fourth-Year Thesis

A thesis is an independent research project that a student completes under the supervision of an academic staff member. The student would perform a literature review, develop a research protocol, perform the experiments and then write the report, which is the thesis.

Students anticipating applying to graduate studies in our department are strongly advised to complete a thesis as part of their program.

If you are thinking of doing a thesis in fourth year, start looking into potential thesis project(s) and supervisor(s) in January/February of your third year. Once you have identified a supervisor – send an email to the Undergraduate Counsellor and Professor Graeme Norval, indicating the supervisor you will be working with. In addition, add CHE499Y1Y in ROSI/ACORN, when you do your course selection. We will notify you as to the date of the mandatory Thesis Safety Training, which will occur in September, just after Labour Day.

Students wishing to obtain an engineering minor with thesis as an elective must also have the separate Thesis Minor Form completed and signed by the Vice Dean, Cross-Disciplinary Studies.

Study Abroad

The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering works in cooperation with the Centre for International Experience (CIE) to offer research and/or academic exchange opportunities with over 150 institutions in over 40 countries, including Sweden (Lund University), Singapore (National University of Singapore) and the United Kingdom (University of Edinburgh).

The Jeffrey Skoll BASc/MBA Program

The Jeffrey Skoll BASc/MBA Program allows a student to complete a BASc and an MBA together.