Program Curriculums

Core engineering program

A substantial part of the work in first and second year is made up of courses common to all 10 engineering disciplines. You will apply to your preferred discipline in the winter term of first year and the elective classes taken in second year will depend on your selected discipline.

Complementary studies

Also an important part of the curriculum is a series of complementary studies classes. The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE) requires that an accredited undergraduate engineering degree program must include Complementary Studies courses which appropriately complement the technical content of the engineering curriculum.  In the Upper Division,  students are required to take one Complementary Studies Elective course.  Students may choose any course that meets the following requirements:  “One 3-credit course focused on central issues, methodologies, and thought processes of the humanities and social sciences. Language instruction and/or communication-focused courses may not be taken to satisfy this requirement, neither can courses which focus heavily on science, mathematics, technical analysis or economics, as these areas are covered elsewhere within the CHEE curriculum. Suggested departments which may have suitable classes are outlined in the Faculty of Engineering policy on selecting humanities classes.”

If you are a student coming from one of our Associated Universities, please note that you are required to complete at least 50% of your classes at Dalhousie University in order to obtain your degree. If you have taken a class at another university from which you want to be exempted at Dalhousie, please keep this rule in mind because this means that you will be required to take another class in its place. If you are unsure, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Brooks, Undergraduate Coordinator.  

Course requirements

Chemical Engineering

As a co-op student, you will complement your studies with three paid work terms. Work terms begin in your third year and typically last four months. See more information on applying to co-op.

Co-op program schedule

Note: 4-year non co-op students take Term 6 before Term 5

Year Fall Winter Summer
3 Co-op Work Term 1
(CHEE 8891)
Co-op Work Term 2
(CHEE 8892)
4 Co-op Work Term 3
(CHEE 8893)
Co-op Work Term 4
(CHEE 8894)

Technical Elective Options

  Fall     BMNG 5020 Cell Biology for Biomedical Engineering  
  Fall     BMNG 5110 Biocompatibility and Biomaterials Design  
  Winter     BMNG 5150 Introduction to Tissue Engineering  
  Fall     BMNG 5210 Biomed Inst, Data Acq. & Anal  
  Winter     BMNG 5230 Biomedical Signals  
  Winter     BMNG 5260 Principles of Medical Imaging  
  Winter     CHEE 4123 Environmental Biotechnology  
  Fall     CHEE 4885 Polymers & Fibres  
  either     CHEE 4791 Research Project I  
  Fall     CHEE 4890 Practical Chemistry for Engineers  
  either     CHEE 4892 Research Project II  
  Fall     CHEM 3305 Materials Science (CHEM 2301 or PHYC 2520 or ENGI 2800)  
    CIVL 4440 Water and Wastewater Treatment (CIVL 3450 or PEAS 2220)  
    CIVL 4460 Solid Waste and Landifll Engineering CIVL3450 and CIVL 3100)  
    CIVL 6101 Advanced Strength of Materials (Senior strength of Materials or equiv.)  
        CIVL 6153 Fibre-Reinforced Plastics (Senior mechanics of materials or equiv.)  
  Fall     ECED 3204 Microprocessors (ECED 2200)  
  Winter     ECED 4350 Semiconductor Matl & Devices  
    ECED 4601 Digital Control Systems (ECED 4600)  
    ECED 4760 Biomedical Engineering  
    ENVE 3251
Envir and Ind Microbiology  
    ENVE 3500
Air Quality  
  Fall     ENVE 4772 Environmental Assessment and Management  
  Fall     ENVI 5001 Environmental Assessment  
  Fall     ENVI 5010 Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health  
  Fall     FOSC 4081 Brewing Science  
  Winter     FOSC 4070 Food Processing  
  Winter     IENG 4432 Simulation of Industrial Systems (ENGM 3032 and IENG 3305)  
  Winter     IENG 4529 Industrial and Organizational Psychology  
  Fall     IENG 4558 Project Management and Control (Fall term only)  
    IENG 4574 Decision and Risk Analysis (ENGM 2031 and IENG 2005)  
  Winter     MECH 4110 Ferrous Allloys  
  Fall     MECH 4120 Metal Working Processes  
  Fall     MECH 4210 Introduction to Additive Manufacturing  
  Fall     MECH 4600 Engineering Measurements (ENGM 2032)  
  Fall     MECH 4820 Energy from Renewable Resources (ENGI 3800)  
  Winter     MATL 4830 Non Ferrous Alloys  
  Fall     MINE 3530 Mineral Processing  
  Fall     MINE 3620 Petroleum Engineering  
  Fall     MINE 4821 Petroleum Reservoir Engineering  
  Please check for pre-requisites and if there are pre-requisites-you get approval from the professor-in-charge  
  Students can only take ONE 3000-level course as a technical elective.  Approved courses from other Engineering Departments or Faculties outside of Engineering (such as Faculty of Science) may be suitable as possible technical electives.
  *Students require a 3.00 CGPA to take a graduate level course (5000 or 6000)  
  Note:  Must have permission from Dr. Brooks, Undergraduate Coordinator before registering for all technical electives not on this list. (  
  Send Dr. Brooks the course #, name and course description when contacting her for permission for a TE not on this list.  
  Most Engineering Depts. put a restriction on their courses so you will need to contact that department secretary or instructor for a request to have an override provided.  
  Please check Timetable on Banner to determine if a class is offered and when (  

Program curriculum

Years 1 and 2 follow the core Engineering program. See the For Current Students section to view the full program curriculum.

How to apply for co-op

You must be a current Dalhousie student to apply for co-op. Visit the For Current Students section for information on applying to co-op.


Chemical Advisor Dr. Su-Ling Brooks