Program Spotlight: Bachelor of Engineering

Posted on Thursday, November 7th, 2019


Do you seek to improve life by constructing better structures, speeding the flow of information, protecting the environment, or advancing medical progress?  Then a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Guelph may be the perfect match for you!   As a U of G Engineering student, you will be part of a dynamic, multi-faceted, and collaborative program focused on making the world better, safer, and more efficient.  Pursue limitless rewarding careers in the public sector, private sector, or research; in fields as diverse as the food industry, information technology, healthcare, meteorology, aeronautics, and many more.

What is it like studying Engineering at the U of G?

Our B.Eng program’s emphasis on exploring and solving real-world problems will equip you with the skills you need to face challenges in the real world.
After first year, you will have already completed one major design project, and then you'll complete at least one major design project each year of your program. This hands-on design sequence gives you the competitive advantage.
Collaboration is key in all workplaces.  Not only will the collegial and collaborative atmosphere of our Engineering program prepare you for your future, but you’ll make lifelong friends.
The common courses in all B.Eng students’ first semester allow you to explore many types of engineering offered at Guelph.  If you find that your interests change during first semester, you can often easily switch into a new major within the non Co-op Bachelor of Engineering.


Engineering Atrium

What majors are available?

Biological Engineering

Combine engineering principles with life sciences to design creative solutions for biological systems. Explore biological engineering with our interdisciplinary curriculum, including areas such as pharmaceutical and food manufacturing, bioinstrumentation, and biosensing and production of sustainable, bio-based materials.

Biomedical Engineering

The growing field of Biomedical Engineering fuses engineering design and problem solving to improve human health.  Study anatomy, physiology and human kinetics, and courses in electronics, mechanics and computer science.  Areas of focus include bioinstrumentation; cellular, tissue and genetic engineering; biomaterials; and pharmaceuticals.

Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering fuses computer science with electrical engineering to develop systems and solutions for the technological industry.  Areas of focus include artificial intelligence and robotics, software engineering, microsystems design and integration, wireless communications, and more.

Engineering Systems and Computing

Engineering Systems and Computing is the only program of its kind in Canada that focuses on designing integrated computer based engineering systems.  It includes a mix of courses that cover software development, computer hardware design, mechanics and energy transfer, signal processing and optimization control.  Areas of focus include digital systems design, operating systems, signal processing, microcomputer interfacing, and more.

Environmental Engineering

This interdisciplinary major fuses engineering and science principles together. You will design treatment processes and systems to identify, prevent and clean up pollution of our land, water and air. Gain globally-recognized skills and background to work in municipal, provincial and federal governments both locally and internationally, and in consulting, industry and research.  Areas of focus include air pollution control, soil mechanics, watershed system design, and water and wastewater treatment design.

Mechanical Engineering

Explore the design, manufacturing and maintenance of systems in mechanical engineering.  Specialize in renewable and sustainable energy, mechatronics, biomechanics and prosthetic, and manufacturing; or choose electives which broaden your general mechanical engineering knowledge base.  Take the opportunity to focus on areas such as energy, mechatronics, manufacturing system design, and biomechanics.

Water Resources Engineering

A growing population and the need for clean water demands Water Resources Engineers to develop solutions that are environmentally sustainable and economically viable.  Water Resources Engineering combines elements of other disciplines such as civil engineering, environmental engineering, agriculture, planning and geography in a unique combination ideally suited to address society's concerns and needs surrounding water.  Areas of focus include water conservation, river restoration, storm water management, and meteorology and geology.

What about co-op?

All Engineering majors have a co-op equivalent!  Read more about co-op on the Recruit Guelph webpage.

How can I get involved on campus as a B.Eng student?

U of G students can join any and all of our clubs and organizations (all 200+ of them!), but B.Eng students may be particularly interested in B.Eng major student associations, the Robotics Club, Women in Science & Engineering, Engiqueers, Concrete Toboggan, Engineers Without Borders, and the famous Gryphon Racing Team – a club that designs, builds, and travels to Michigan to race a small open-wheeled race car each year!  Furthermore, B.Eng students can also take part in Engineering Research Groups!  (Read on below…)

Are there Engineering Research Groups?

B.Eng students are invited to enhance their academic experience by joining of one of our Engineering research groups.  In research groups including those supporting the Advance Robotics and Intelligent Systems (ARIS) Lab, Urban Systems Environmental Design (USED) Centre, and the Ontario Rural Wastewater Centre, B.Eng students develop their skills, network, and challenge themselves.

Where have U of G B.Eng grads worked?

  • Google
  • Tesla
  • PepsiCo
  • Bombardier
  • Adidas
  • Mondelez International

Just to name a few!

Ready to get started?

Want to learn more about the Bachelor of Engineering degree and where it can take you?  Explore the program and admission requirements on our website!

Also, mark your calendars for this Sunday, November 10th and visit us on Science and Engineering Sunday!  On this exciting open-house day just for prospective science and engineering students, you'll be able to:

  1. Meet with Science and Engineering faculty, staff, and students
  2. Learn more about our Science and Engineering programs
  3. Explore our state-of-the-art lab and research facilities, including the Thornborough Engineering Complex
  4. Get your questions answered at our Student Services and Academic Resource Fair
  5. Tour campus, drop in on residence rooms, and get a feel for of our close-knit Gryphon community!  Register on our website today!


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