Programs

Our world is constantly changing, and the great thinkers of today are discovering methods to help create the best and most sustainable environment for all living things. Humanity relies on each new generation to bring forward their ideas and knowledge to create, discover and engineer new processes and procedures that will improve life for us all, now and into the future.

The College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan is committed to innovation in all aspects of engineering education and research. We deliver an accredited professional education that effectively prepares our students to become engineering professionals, society leaders and technical entrepreneurs.

Our researchers pursue fundamental and applied research that contributes to the competitiveness, diversification and growth of our provincial and national economies.

Our students have a place at the top of Canada’s Engineering future. They are well-rounded, community minded, brilliant people who are primed for leadership in society across all fields of engineering and beyond.

Our promise is one of an enhanced learning experience that will allow our students to achieve their full potential.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.)

The program prescribed for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.) extends over four years. There are nine fields of specialization: Biological, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Engineering Physics, Environmental, Geological, and Mechanical Engineering. The work of the first year provides the theoretical and mathematical base necessary for specialization in the upper years, but at the same time shows how the fundamentals are applied to the solution of engineering problems. Competence in writing and oral communication is expected in all courses in the College of Engineering. 

To receive a B.E. degree, students must meet the requirements of the program as listed in the specialization. 

Biological Engineering
  • Undergraduate Program (B.E. in Biological Engineering)
    Please note that the College of Engineering has suspended enrollment into the Biological Engineering Program for the 2013-14 academic year. Students already admitted to the program will be able to complete their programs unaffected by this decision, however prospective students are encouraged to contact an academic advisor in the Engineering Student Centre 306-966-5274 or engineering.studentcentre@usask.ca to discuss their learning or career goals.
  • Graduate Programs (M.Eng., M.Sc., Ph.D.)

Biological Engineering (formerly Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering) integrates engineering science and design with applied biological sciences for the solution of problems involving plants, animals, and the natural environment. It deals with engineering design to develop processes, machines, and systems that influence, control, or utilize biological materials and organisms for the benefit of society. Graduates are employed in the agricultural and food industries, resource industries such as forestry and mining, land and water management sectors, bio-fuels and bio-materials industries as well as the medical field for both humans and animals.

Biological engineers ensure that we have the necessities of life: safe and plentiful food to eat, pure water to drink, clean fuel and energy sources, and a safe, healthy environment in which to live. More specifically, Biological Engineering is the application of engineering principles to address challenges in the life sciences which includes fields of biology, ecology, and medicine.

See the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering website for more information.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering is the understanding, designing, and analyzing of chemical, biochemical and electrochemical systems, environmental and waste issues, fluid flow and fluid properties, heat transfer, power and energy, process control, and separation and purification of materials.

Chemical engineers design, implement and improve technology to make life more comfortable for humankind, while keeping public safety in mind. Chemical engineers manipulate chemicals on a large scale by designing and operating complex processes that convert raw materials into more useful products.

See the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering website for more information.

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is the design, construction and management of the “built environment.” In other words, civil engineers maintain the infrastructure—such as bridges, buildings, highways and airports— to sustain modern society and protect the environment. Civil engineers are stewards of the environment, ensuring that infrastructure is planned and built in compatibility with it. They also mitigate the damage from natural disasters, which has become an extremely challenging task in today’s crowded, urbanized world.

See the Department of Civil & Geological Engineering website for more information.

Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering

Electronic engineers design circuits for every conceivable application: from space technology to video games, from environmental monitoring to robotic arms for spacecraft or people, and from circuits in our televisions and automobiles to the control systems in Homer's workplace.

See the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering website for more information.

Engineering Physics
Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Engineering program builds on key science and engineering topics from a number of Engineering disciplines as well as from the pure and applied sciences.

Graduate

Undergraduate

Agriculture & Bioresource Engineering
  • soil and waste conservation
  • agricultural wastes
  • energy from waste
Chemical Engineering
  • thermodynamics
  • industrial waste processing and treatment
  • biotechnology alternative energy strategies
  • biodegradation of spills and contaminants
Civil Engineering
  • hydraulics and water resources
  • soil mechanics and geotechnics 
  • drinking and waste water treatment
  • solid waste management
  • subsurface contamination and soil remediation
Geological Engineering
  • engineering geology
  • hydrogeology (groundwater)
  • ground water remediation
Geological Engineering

Geological Engineering is the application of engineering principles to natural materials and fluids such as soils, rocks, groundwater and petroleum.

Geological engineers search for sources of minerals, groundwater, and petroleum, and they design mines and well fields to develop these resources. They determine the properties of rocks and soils, and they participate in the design and construction of major projects such as dams, bridges and highways. They accept responsibility for minimizing environmental impacts of the activities necessary to provide society with energy, water and raw materials.

See the Department of Civil & Geological Engineering website for more information.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is the design, production, and use of mechanical systems that control and transform energy. Mechanical engineers deal with systems that involve motion such as aircraft, automobiles, robots, hydraulic control systems, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in buildings. It is a well-known and respected engineering discipline, which encompasses both traditional areas of engineering, such as mechanics, as well as emerging areas, such as nanotechnology.

Mechanical engineers work on some of the most important societal problems of our day. Mechanical Engineers help to develop alternative energy sources and devices. They improve the energy efficiency of the buildings in which we live and work. They also assist medical professionals to design new medical devices and procedures.

See the Department of Mechanical Engineering website for more information.

Options in Engineering

Engineering Entrepreneurship Option (EEO)

The Engineering Entrepreneurship Option (EEO) consists of eight courses as an optional addition to any of the nine B.E. degrees. Six, and up to seven, courses are delivered in the Edwards School of Business. The program capstone course (GE 430.0 Engineering Entrepreneurship Capstone) is taught in the College of Engineering. 

For more information regarding the requirements and courses, please visit the Course and Program Catalogue

Professional Communciation Option (PCO)

The Professional Communication Option (PCO) consists of six courses (18 credit units) as an optional addition to any of the nine B.E. degrees. All courses are delivered by the Ron and Jane Graham School of Professional Development. There is no schedule for courses required in the Professional Communication option but RCM 300.3 is a prerequisite and it is strongly recommended that RCM 400.3 and RCM 401.3 be taken before other RCM 400-level courses. 

For more information regarding the requirements, please visit the Course and Program Catalogue

Mining and Mineral Processing Option

Mining and Mineral Processing Options are currently being developed. Please contact the Engineering Student Centre for details. 

Engineering Professional Internship Program (EPIP)

The Engineering Professional Internship Program (EPIP) is a five-year program which includes a minimum of eight months and a maximum of sixteen months of supervised work experience in industry. 

Normally, the work terms commence after the student has completed at least 84 credit units of an Engineering program. For a student to be admitted to the internship program he or she must have achieved and must maintain a 65% Sessional Weighted Average. A student must have at least 18 credit units remaining in the B.E. program. Interested students are encouraged to contact either the Engineering Student Centre or the Student Employment and Career Centre (SECC).

Students are required to apply to SECC by early October for round one postings, late November for round two postings and an open third round beginning in February for an opportunity to compete for an internship starting in January, May or September. Students who do not meet the admission requirements should contact the SECC or the Engineering Student Centre for alternative dates. For more information and specific dates, please check the website www.usask.ca/sas/secc/students.html.

Students must complete a minimum of two of the following courses in addition to the regular requirements for the B.E. degree: EPIP 401, EPIP 402, EPIP 403, EPIP 404. Each EPIP course represents a four-month, professional internship, work term.

The Engineering Internship work experience is for a minimum of eight continuous months and a maximum of sixteen months. Students are reminded that internship isnot a summer work program. A student who does not successfully complete the internship program is deemed to have failed the EPIP program.

The work in each course is supervised by a licensed Professional Engineer in the host company. Students are required to submit written reports to the Engineering Student Centre at the end of each work term. The last report is a comprehensive technical report on the student’s work experience. All reports must be approved by the student’s industrial supervisor and are graded by a member of the faculty (pass/fail).

Students are referred to the Engineering Student Centre or SECC for further details.