Technical Electives and Complementary Studies

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The Department undergraduate programs train students to be competent engineers through lectures, laboratories, problem sessions, research, industry visits and design experiences.  To maintain the greatest degree of elective flexibility, each student can select among technical electives, which cover fields such as alternative energy sources, interfacial phenomena, petroleum processing, bioengineering and pulp & paper processes.

The table below lists approved technical electives for Department undergraduate programs. Students should consult the year calendar for course availability.  Electives may be cancelled if enrolment is low or if a suitable instructor is not available.

Non-approved courses can be granted credit towards the technical elective program requirement provided permission has been granted by an undergraduate program advisor prior to the student taking the course. Similarly, permission to take a technical elective is at the discretion of the course instructor should any pre-requisites be incomplete.

Approved Technical Electives

Both Chemical Engineering (CHML) and Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) Programs

Departmental Courses

  • CHBE 3731 (3) Water Pollution Control [3-0-2*]
  • CHBE 402 (3) Chemical Pulping Technology [3-0-0]
  • CHBE 470 (3) Transport in Biological Systems [3-0-2*]
  • CHBE 476 (3) Modelling and Optimization in Chemical Engineering [3-2*-0]
  • CHBE 477 (3) Fuel Cell and Electrochemical Engineering [3-0-0]
  • CHBE 479 (3) Chemical Engineering Aspects of Occupational Health and Safety
  • CHBE 480 (3) Hazardous Waste Processing Technology [3-0-0]
  • CHBE 482 (3) Petroleum Refining Process Modelling and Simulation [3-1-0]
  • CHBE 483 (3) Energy Engineering [3-0-0]
  • CHBE 4841 (3) Green Engineering [3-0-0]
  • CHBE 4851 (3) Air Pollution Prevention and Control [3-0-2*]
  • CHBE 486 (3) Waste Management for Resource Recovery [2-0-2]
  • CHBE 487 (3) Interfacial Phenomena [3-0-0]
  • CHBE 489 (3) Pollution Control in the Pulp and Paper [3-0-0]
  • CHBE 4912 (1) Thesis Proposal [0-2-0]
  • CHBE 4922 (5) Thesis (following CHBE 491) [0-8-0]
  • CHBE 4933 (1) Thesis Proposal-Environmental Topic [0-2-0]
  • CHBE 4943 (5) Thesis-Environmental Topic (following CHBE 493) [0-8-0]
  • CHBE 4954 (1) Thesis Proposal-Biotechnology Topic [0-2-0]
  • CHBE 4964 (5) Thesis-Biotechnology Topic (following CHBE 495) [0-8-0]
Non-Departmental Courses

  • APSC 486 (6) New Venture Design [1-4-0; 1-4-0]
  • APSC 498 (1-6) Directed Studies
  • BIOC 202 (3) Introductory Medical Biochemistry [3-0-0]
  • BIOC 302 (3) General Biochemistry [3-0-1]
  • BIOL 200 (3) Cell Biology I: Structural Basis [3-0-1]
  • BIOL 201 (3) Cell Biology II: Intro to Biochemistry [3-0-1]
  • CAPS 391 (3) Introduction to Gross Human Anatomy [3-0-0]
  • CHEM 405 (3) Biophysical Chemistry [3-0-0]
  • COMM 4575 (3) Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • FNH 301 (3) Food Chemistry I [3-0-1]
  • FNH 309 (3) Food Process Science [3-0-1]
  • FNH 313 (3) Microorganisms in Food Systems [3-0-0]
  • FNH 401 (3) Food Chemistry II
  • MECH 433 (3) Biofluids [3-0-1]
  • MECH 495 (3) Industrial Engineering [3-0-0]
  • MECH 496 (3) Engineering Management [3-0-0]
  • MINE 486 (3) Mining and the Environment [3-0-0]
  • MINE 488 (3) Heavy Oil Sand Mining and Processing [2-3-0]
  • MTRL 358 (3) Hydrometallurgy I [2-0-2]
  • MTRL 458 (3) Hydrometallurgy II [3-0-0]
  • MTRL 495 (3) Biomaterials [2-0-2]
  • PHYS 305 (3) Introduction to Biophysics [3-0-0]

Chemical Engineering (CHML) Program

Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) Program

  • CHBE 381 (3) Bioprocess Engineering I [3-0-2*]
  • CHBE 481 (3) Bioprocess Engineering II [3-0-2*]
  • APSC 278 (3) Engineering Materials [3-0-0]
  • CHBE 474 (3) Process Control Engineering [3-2*-0]

Notes:

  1. For students who started a Department undergraduate program in:
    1. 2011, 2012, or 2013 – complete one of CHBE 373 and CHBE 485 plus 12 credits of technical electives.
    2. 2014 – complete two of CHBE 373, CHBE 484, and CHBE 485 plus 9 credits of technical electives.
    3. 2015 or later – complete CHBE 373 and CHBE 485 plus 6 credits of technical electives.
  2. CHBE 491 and CHBE 492 must be taken together.
  3. CHBE 493 and CHBE 494 must be taken together.
  4. CHBE 495 and CHBE 496 must be taken together.
  5. Only for students completing the Minor in Commerce Program.

Complementary Studies

Please consult the Faculty of Applied Science page on Complementary Studies Electives.