Minors and Certificates

Choosing an engineering minor or certificate is a great way to graduate with an extra set of credentials, or just explore an area of interest while earning your BASc. You can also take a minor through the Faculty of Arts & Science, where you’ll find thousands of course options — from French to Cinema Studies.

Hear from engineering students about the benefits of minors:

Engineering Minors

While you’re earning your BASc, you can attain specialization in one of the following nine areas:

Advanced Manufacturing – The most intensive research and development sector in Canada is manufacturing. Courses in this minor cover an array of competencies, all of which can be broadly applied to areas like biomedical, automotive, aerospace and energy

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning (Planned for 2018) – From self-driving cars to algorithms that improve medical diagnoses to deep consideration about AI implementation, you’ll learn to leverage the latest techniques in machine learning and AI to address critical challenges in a variety of fields.

Bioengineering Minor  – With topics extending across life sciences, from forestry and ecology to biological waste treatment and health care, this minor offers
you a breadth of possibilities, from biofuels to pharmaceuticals.

Biomedical Engineering Minor – Specifically designed for undergrads interested in applying their technical knowledge to biomedicine and health care, this highly focused minor examines engineering’s intersection with medical research and biomedical technology. This minor prepares students for the applied biomedical engineering industry with training in physiological systems, bioinstrumentation, biomechanics, and a core focus on laboratory experience.

Engineering Business Minor – This minor represents a powerful collaboration between U of T Engineering and the University’s prestigious Rotman School of Management. The first of its kind in Canada, it provides an overview of the world of finance, economics, business management and marketing from an engineering perspective. This minor will give you a range of business-oriented opportunities when you graduate and can be a springboard to starting your own company.

Environmental Engineering Minor – Through this program, you’ll delve into topics such as ecology and ecological impact, waste management, water and wastewater treatment, environmental microbiology, water resources engineering, hydrology, preventive engineering, life-cycle analysis, design for the environment, and the social and environmental impact of technology.

Nanoengineering Minor – This minor allows students to explore topics in electronics, communications, sustainable and legacy energy, medical diagnostics and devices, micro-electrical-mechanical systems, and new materials for the automotive, aviation and manufacturing sectors. The minor provides students with an understanding of both the structure and the application of nanomaterials.

Robotics & Mechatronics Minor – With this minor, you’ll explore technologies that turn robotic and mechatronic systems into viable consumer products. Coursework covers micro-electromechanical systems and nanotechnology, advanced techniques for signal processing and systems control, and new system-level principles underlying embedded systems. This minor builds on the strengths of our Institute for Robotics & Mechatronics.

Sustainable Energy Minor – The need for greener, more sustainable energy resources is critical — as is the need for more engineering expertise in sustainability. This extremely popular minor focuses on the sustainable use of energy, energy demand management and public policy related to sustainability.

To obtain an engineering minor, you need to complete a specific number of credits from a set of designated courses. For example, if you’re interested in the Engineering Business minor, you would take courses in engineering economics, accounting and finance, competitive strategy and people management, plus two additional courses. When you graduate, your minor will appear on your transcripts.

Engineering Certificates

If you want to explore more than one topic outside your main area of study in Engineering, consider pursuing our undergraduate engineering certificates:

  • Communication
  • Engineering Business
  • Engineering Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Global Engineering
  • Mineral Resources
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Renewable Resources Engineering

To obtain a certificate, you need to complete a specific number of credits from a set of designated courses.

Arts & Science Minors

You can also take a minor through the Faculty of Arts & Science, and select from thousands of course options – like sociology, languages, cinema studies, philosophy, history or music. Completing an optional Arts & Science minor is a great way to expand your knowledge.

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