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B.Eng.Society (Co-op Optional)

Bachelor of Engineering & Society

Through core courses that deal with the culture, history and social control of technology, the program develops broadly educated, resourceful engineers with a multidisciplinary outlook and strengths in communication and effective interaction with others.

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Future Student Information


The total time from admission to Engineering to graduation with a B.Eng. Society in Engineering Physics is five years. Graduates of the program provide valuable feedback, which helps to maintain the relevance of the undergraduate curriculum to current engineering applications. One of the strengths of the Engineering Physics program is that it is very broadly based and prepares its graduates to pursue a wide range of career paths. All students in the program obtain a background in electrical science, engineering materials, classical and quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, electronics, data acquisition and handling, mathematical physics and numerical analysis. 

The core courses in Engineering and Society provide our students with a deeper understanding of how their future engineering practice will influence and impact their communities.  Within the context of historical analysis, public policy development and evolution of green engineering we investigate how technology affects society and how in turn society influences the development of technology.

Core Courses

The core courses explore the way technology shapes society and is in turn shaped by society through courses on:

  • The Culture of Technology
  • Case Studies in the History of Technology
  • Preventive Engineering:  Environmental Perspectives
  • Social Control of Technology

In addition, three courses called Inquiry in an Engineering Context, develop skill at formulating questions, carrying out research and communicating findings. These courses help to examine the complex nature of issues like sustainable development and systems failure.

Work done in these core courses fosters and develops:

  • research skills and resourcefulness
  • oral and written communication skills through group work and seminars
  • initiative
  • strategies to critically define and assess problematic situations
  • the ability to work effectively as a team with engineers from all fields


Admission Requirements

Admission to Level II Engineering Programs

Admission to Level II Engineering programs requires completion of all non-elective Engineering I courses with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0. All programs have limited enrolment; should there be more applicants than the limiting number in any program, admission to that program will be based on a points system, computed as the product of the Fall-Winter Average and the number of units taken in the session (a minimum of 31 units will be used in the calculation). Students who do not meet the requirements to proceed to Level II in May will have a Pending flag put on their allocation. The Pending flag will be removed in August if the student completes the requirements over the summer.

In addition, admission to a B.Eng.Mgt. program requires the completion of ECON 1B03 with a minimum grade of 5.0; an interview may also be required.

Students admitted to a B.Eng.Society program are required to submit a statement indicating the educational objectives for the focus electives.

Students seeking admission to the Engineering and Management program, or the Engineering and Society program must first be admitted to the relevant department. Thereafter, they will be considered for admission to one of these two programs.

Co-op and Experiential Learning

As for all engineering disciplines at McMaster, students in our programmes have the opportunity of applying for an industrial internship. If successful, the student typically is employed on industrial placement from the May following his/her third year in the academic programmes and returns to school for Level IV in September of the following year.

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