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This section includes general information concerning minors that are designed for students in the Faculty of Engineering.

Minors are coherent sequences of courses taken in addition to the courses required for the B.Eng., B.S.E., or B.Sc.(Arch.) degree. Minors normally consist of 18-24 credits, allowing 9-12 credits of overlap with the degree program. The real credit cost to the student is typically 9-15 credits, representing one term beyond the B.Eng., B.S.E., or B.Sc.(Arch.) degree program. All courses in a minor must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Engineering students choose from a considerable variety of complementary courses under the categories of technical and complementary studies. Students should refer to their department for information concerning selection of complementary courses, and should see their department adviser. Departments also publish information regarding the choice of courses in this publication and in separate documents.

Note: Students are also permitted to register for minor concentrations offered by departments in the Faculty of Arts. Students must obtain approval from both the department in the Faculty of Arts and from the Engineering Student Centre Student Affairs Office (Frank Dawson Adams, Room 22), before registering in one of these minors.

Minor Programs:

Arts Minor

Arts Minor

The Arts Minor is open to B.Sc.(Arch.), B.Eng., and B.S.E. students. In this Minor, students choose courses from two areas of concentration in the Faculty of Arts, approved by a Faculty Adviser in the Student Affairs Office, Engineering Student Centre, or by the Senior Faculty Adviser in the Faculty of Arts. B.Eng. and B.S.E. students may count some of their Complementary Studies courses toward this Minor.

Minor Adviser: Faculty Student Adviser in the Engineering Student Centre (Frank Dawson Adams, Room 22) OR Donald Sedgwick (Senior Faculty Adviser, Faculty of Arts)

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Arts (24 credits)

Minor Adviser: Faculty Student Adviser in the Engineering Student Centre (Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 22) OR Donald Sedgwick (Senior Faculty Adviser, Faculty of Arts) B.Sc.(Arch.), B.Eng., and B.S.E. students may obtain the Arts Minor as part of their B.Eng., B.S.E., or B.Sc.(Arch.) degree by completing 24 credits, as described below. Students must ...

For more information, see Minor Arts (24 credits).

Biomedical Engineering Minor

Biomedical Engineering Minor

Biomedical engineering can be defined as the application of engineering principles to medicine and the life sciences. Students in the Biomedical Engineering Minor take courses in life sciences (anatomy, biology, chemistry, and physiology) and choose courses from area(s) within the field of biomedicine (artificial cells and organs; bioinformatics, genomics, and proteomics; biomaterials, biosensors, and nanotechnology; biomechanics and prosthetics; medical physics and imaging; and neural systems and biosignal processing).

Minor Adviser: Prof. R. Leask (Wong Building, Room 4120) or Prof. R. Mongrain (Macdonald Engineering Building, Room 369)

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Biomedical Engineering (21 credits)

Minor Advisers: Prof. R. Leask (Wong Building, Room 4120) or Prof. R. Mongrain (Macdonald Engineering Building, Room 369) Note: Open to all students in the Faculty of Engineering (including B.S.E. students). Minor program credit weight: 21-25 credits The Biomedical Engineering Minor allows access to courses in basic life sciences and is intended to expose ...

For more information, see Minor Biomedical Engineering (21 credits).

Biotechnology Minor

Biotechnology Minor

Biotechnology can be defined as the science of understanding, selecting, and promoting useful organisms and specific gene products for therapeutic purposes. It requires a broad comprehension of biology and engineering and detailed knowledge of at least one basic subject such as molecular genetics, protein chemistry, microbiology, or chemical engineering.

The Minor in Biotechnology, offered by the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science, emphasizes an area relevant to biotechnology that is complementary to the student's main program. It is designed specifically for Chemical Engineering students; other Engineering students interested in taking this Minor should contact a faculty student adviser in the Engineering Student Centre (Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 22).

Students who are interested in this Minor should inform their departmental academic adviser in Year 1 and at the time of registration in Year 2. With the agreement of their departmental academic adviser, students must submit a Request for Course Authorization to the Engineering Student Centre in order to add the Minor.

Minor Adviser: Faculty Student Adviser in the Engineering Student Centre (Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 22)

Faculty of Science Adviser (for selection of Science courses only): Nancy Nelson, Undergraduate Adviser, Department of Biology

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Biotechnology (for Engineering Students) (24 credits)

Minor Adviser: Faculty Student Adviser in the Engineering Student Centre (Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 22). For advising regarding Science courses, contact Nancy Nelson, Undergraduate Adviser, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science. This Minor is offered by the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science for students who wish to take biotechnology ...

For more information, see Minor Biotechnology (for Engineering Students) (24 credits).

Chemistry Minor

Chemistry Minor

The Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering offer this Chemistry Minor, of particular interest to Chemical Engineering students, and a Chemical Engineering Minor, of interest to Chemistry students (described in the Faculty of Science section of this publication (see Chemistry programs)). Students taking the Chemistry Minor complete 10 credits of required courses in physical and organic chemistry, and choose an additional 15 credits of complementary courses from the areas of inorganic, analytical, organic, and physical chemistry.

Minor Adviser (program coordinator): Dr. Gonzalo Cosa (Chemistry)

For more information about the Chemical Engineering Minor, see Prof. David Cooper (Chemical Engineering).

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Chemistry (25 credits)

Minor Adviser (program coordinator): Dr. Gonzalo Cosa (Department of Chemistry) Program credit weight: 25 credits A passing grade for courses in the Minor is a C.

For more information, see Minor Chemistry (25 credits).

Computer Science Courses and Minor Program

Computer Science Courses and Minor Program

The School of Computer Science offers an extensive range of courses for Engineering students interested in computers. Engineering students may obtain a Computer Science Minor as part of their B.Eng., B.S.E., or B.Sc.(Arch.) degree by completing 24 credits of courses, passed with a grade of C or better.

Minor Adviser: Students interested in this Minor should see Liette Chin, Undergraduate Program Coordinator (School of Computer Science, Lorne Trottier Building, Room 2070) and the Minor Adviser in Computer Science.

School of Computer Science website, www.cs.mcgill.ca.

Computer Science Courses

Computer Science Courses

The School of Computer Science offers an extensive range of courses for Engineering students interested in computers. The course taken by students in most B.Eng. programs (COMP 208) and other courses included in the core of the various B.Eng. and B.S.E. programs are listed below.

See the Courses section of this publication to see other courses offered by the School of Computer Sciences (subject code COMP).

Computer Science Courses
COMP 202 (3) Foundations of Programming
COMP 208 (3) Computers in Engineering
COMP 250 (3) Introduction to Computer Science
COMP 302 (3) Programming Languages and Paradigms

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Computer Science (24 credits)

For more information, see Minor Computer Science (24 credits).

Construction Engineering and Management Minor

Construction Engineering and Management Minor

Students taking the Minor in Construction Engineering and Management complete 15 credits of required courses in management and law. Students choose complementary courses from the areas of either building structures or heavy construction, and from other construction- and management-related courses.

This Minor is particularly designed for Civil Engineering students.

Minor Adviser: Prof. L. Chouinard, Macdonald Engineering Buildling, Room 491 (Telephone: 514-398-6446)

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Construction Engineering and Management (24 credits)

Minor Adviser: Prof. L. Chouinard, Macdonald Engineering Building, Room 491 (Telephone: 514-398-6446) Minor program credit weight: 24-25 credits Note: This Minor is particularly designed for Civil Engineering students but, is open to all B.Eng., B.S.E., and B.Sc.(Arch.) students. All courses in the Minor must be passed with a grade of C or better.

For more information, see Minor Construction Engineering and Management (24 credits).

Economics Minor

Economics Minor

Engineering students who want to complete a minor in Economics are required to complete the following program rather than one of the minor concentrations offered by the Department of Economics in Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > Faculty of Arts, unless they have obtained permission from the Faculty of Engineering.

Minor Adviser: Faculty Student Adviser in the Engineering Student Centre (Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 22)

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Economics (18 credits)

Minor Adviser: Faculty Student Adviser in the Engineering Student Centre (Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 22) Program credit weight: 18 credits This Minor consists of 18 credits of required and complementary courses given in the Economics Department. In addition, it is presumed that all Engineering students will have a sufficient background in statistics. ...

For more information, see Minor Economics (18 credits).

Minor in Environment

Minor in Environment

Environmental studies focus on the interactions between humans and their natural and technological environments. Environmental problems are complex, and their satisfactory solutions require the synthesis of social, scientific, and institutional knowledge.

The Minor in Environment is offered and administered by the McGill School of Environment (MSE).

Since the program comprises a total of 18 credits for the Minor, additional credits beyond those needed for the B.Eng. degree are required. Students wishing to complete the Minor should prepare a program and have it approved by both their regular Engineering departmental adviser and the MSE Adviser. For program details, see Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > McGill School of Environment (Minor in Environment).

Note: Engineering students interested in this Minor must submit a completed Course Authorization Form to the Engineering Student Centre (Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 22).

Minor Adviser: Students interested in this Minor should contact Kathy Roulet, MSE Program Adviser (email: kathy [dot] roulet [at] mcgill [dot] ca; telephone: 514-398-4306).

Environmental Engineering Minor

Environmental Engineering Minor

The Environmental Engineering Minor is offered for students in Engineering and in the Department of Bioresource Engineering wishing to pursue studies in this area. Students completing this Minor take an introductory course in environmental engineering, bio-environmental engineering, or environmental aspects of technology, then choose from a wide variety of complementary courses within and outside the Faculty of Engineering on environmental topics. Students may choose to participate in the Barbados Field Study Semester (BFSS) or in the Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies (BITS) field semester and have the field study courses count toward this Minor.

The Environmental Engineering Minor is administered by the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics.

Minor Adviser: Prof. R. Gehr, Macdonald Engineering Building, Room 569E

For more information on the Barbados Field Study Semester, see www.mcgill.ca/bfss.

For more information on the Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies field semester, see www.mcgill.ca/bits.

For more information on environmental studies in the Faculty of Engineering, see www.mcgill.ca/enveng.

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Environmental Engineering (21 credits)

Minor Adviser: Prof. R. Gehr, Macdonald Engineering Building, Room 569E Minor program credit weight: 21-22 credits The Environmental Engineering Minor is administered by the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics and is offered for all students in Engineering (including B.S.E. students) and in the Department of Bioresource Engineering wishing ...

For more information, see Minor Environmental Engineering (21 credits).

Minor Programs in Finance, Management, Marketing, and Operations Management

Minor Programs in Finance, Management, Marketing, and Operations Management

Prerequisite: None

Management Minors Adviser: Students considering one of these minor programs should consult a Faculty Student Adviser in the Engineering Student Centre (Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 22) or an adviser in the Desautels Faculty of Management.

Many engineers begin to assume management functions within a few years of graduation. They can, at this stage, take up the study of economics, behavioural science, and other management subjects. Students wishing to include such studies in their undergraduate program can take suitable courses from Engineering and Management.

Courses are available, subject to timetable requirements, from the core program of the Desautels Faculty of Management. Some courses from the Management core program have considerable overlap with Engineering courses and thus are not available to Engineering students.

A student embarking on a minor must be prepared to take credits additional to their Engineering program. Students in a B.Eng. or B.S.E. program may be able to count up to 6 credits of Complementary Studies Group B courses (Humanities and Social Sciences, Management Studies, and Law courses) toward both their Engineering major program and a Management minor where applicable. More information about Complementary Studies is given in the B.Eng./B.S.E. program section.

Students must have a CGPA of 3.0 or better to be considered for one of these Minor programs.

Students planning to take any course with statistics as a prerequisite must have completed MGCR 271 (Business Statistics) or an equivalent course approved by the BCom Student Affairs Office.

Detailed information on these Minor programs can be found in Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > Desautels Faculty of Management > Undergraduate > Overview of Programs Offered by the Desautels Faculty of Management > Minors for Non-Management Students.

Further information can also be found at www.mcgill.ca/engineering/degrees/minors.

Minor Finance (For Non-Management Students) (18 credits)

The Minor Finance consists of 18 credits of Management courses and is offered to non-Management students in the Faculties of Arts, Engineering, and Science. The Minor has been designed to provide students with an understanding of the key concepts in corporate finance as well as investment banking.

For more information, see Minor Finance (For Non-Management Students) (18 credits).

Minor Management (For Non-Management Students) (18 credits)

The Minor Management consists of 18 credits of Management courses and is currently offered to non-Management students in the following Faculties: Arts, Engineering, Science, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Music, Religious Studies, and Kinesiology. This Minor is designed to provide non-management students with the opportunity to obtain basic knowledge ...

For more information, see Minor Management (For Non-Management Students) (18 credits).

Minor Marketing (For Non-Management Students) (18 credits)

The Minor Marketing consists of 18 credits of Management courses and is currently offered to non-Management students in the Faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, and the Schulich School of Music. This Minor is designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental concepts in marketing and a framework for applying marketing in a ...

For more information, see Minor Marketing (For Non-Management Students) (18 credits).

Minor Operations Management (For Non-Management Students) (18 credits)

Mentor: Professor V. Verter The Minor Operations Management consists of 18 credits of Management courses and is currently offered to non-Management students in the Faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, and Agricultural & Environmental Sciences. It provides non-Management students with the opportunity to pursue a career that involves decision making at the ...

For more information, see Minor Operations Management (For Non-Management Students) (18 credits).

Materials Engineering Minor

Materials Engineering Minor

Students taking the Materials Engineering Minor complete 15 credits of required courses in materials science, materials engineering, electronic properties of materials, metallic and ceramic powders processing, and applications of polymers, and choose three complementary courses in other areas related to materials engineering.

Minor Adviser: Prof. M. Brochu (Minor Coordinator), Wong Building, Room 2640

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Materials Engineering (24 credits)

Minor Adviser: Prof. M. Brochu (Minor Coordinator), Wong Building, Room 2640 Engineering students may obtain a Materials Engineering Minor by completing 24 credits chosen from the required and complementary courses listed below. By a careful selection of complementary courses, Engineering students may obtain this Minor with a minimum of 15 additional credits.

For more information, see Minor Materials Engineering (24 credits).

Mathematics Minor

Mathematics Minor

Students in the Minor in Mathematics for Engineering students complete 18 credits of Mathematics courses (subject code MATH), not including Mathematics courses that are required in their Engineering program (or equivalent courses), and choose 6 credits from other Mathematics-related courses.

Minor Adviser: Faculty Student Adviser in the Engineering Student Centre (Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 22) AND an adviser designated by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, normally beginning in Year 2 (please consult the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for this adviser). Course selection for this Minor must be done in conjunction with the Minor advisers.

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Mathematics (24 credits)

Minor Adviser: Faculty Student Adviser in the Engineering Student Centre (Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 22) AND an adviser designated by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, normally beginning in the U2 year (please consult the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for this adviser). Selection of courses must be done in conjunction with the Minor ...

For more information, see Minor Mathematics (24 credits).

Mining Engineering Minor

Mining Engineering Minor

Students taking the Mining Engineering Minor complete 12 credits of required courses in mining engineering, including an introduction to the minerals industry, courses in mining science and technology, rock fragmentation and materials handling, and an industrial work term. Students choose 12 credits from mining-related courses within the Departments of Mining and Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Chemical Engineering.

One of the required courses is a work term for which enrolment may be limited.

Minor Adviser: Prof. Hani Mitri (Minor Coordinator), Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 121

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Mining Engineering (24 credits)

Minor Adviser: Prof. Hani Mitri (Minor Coordinator) Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 121 Program credit weight: 24 credits One of the required courses is a work term for which enrolment may be limited.

For more information, see Minor Mining Engineering (24 credits).

Minor in Musical Science and Technology

Minor in Musical Science and Technology

The Musical Science and Technology Minor focuses on interdisciplinary topics in science and technology applied to music. The goal of the program is to help prepare students for commercial jobs in the audio technology sector and/or for subsequent graduate research study. The MST Minor is designed to serve students who already have a good background in the sciences and prior experience with math and computer science courses.

Engineering students may apply for admission to the Minor in Musical Science and Technology. Detailed information on this program can be found in Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > Schulich School of Music > Undergraduate > Programs of study > Department of Music Research: Composition; Music Education; Music History; Theory; Faculty Program > Minor Musical Science and Technology (18 credits). Enrolment in Music Technology programs is highly restricted.

Application forms will be available from the Department of Music Research (research [dot] music [at] mcgill [dot] ca; Room A726C) in the Schulich School of Music from February 1, and must be completed and returned to the Department of Music Research by June 1. Late applications will not be accepted and no students will be admitted to the Minor in January. Successful applicants will be notified by June 20. Registration will be limited to available lab space.

For further information about this Minor, call 514-398-4540 or email research [dot] music [at] mcgill [dot] ca. Further information on this program is also available on the Music Technology website at www.music.mcgill.ca/musictech/programmes_and_admissions.

Minor Adviser: Prof. Ichiro Fujinaga (Area Chair for the Music Technology program); email: ichiro [dot] fujinaga [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Physics Minor

Physics Minor

Students in Honours Electrical Engineering taking the Physics Minor take 9 credits of required courses in thermal physics and honours quantum physics and choose three other Physics courses (subject code PHYS).

Minor Adviser: Prof. F. Buchinger (Department of Physics)

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Physics (18 credits)

Minor Adviser: Prof. F. Buchinger, Department of Physics Students in Honours Electrical Engineering may obtain this Minor as part of their B.Eng. degree by completing 18 credits of Physics courses, as listed below.

For more information, see Minor Physics (18 credits).

Software Engineering Minor

Software Engineering Minor

This Minor will prepare an engineering student for a career in software engineering. It will provide a foundation in basic computer science, computer programming, and software engineering practice.

Minor Adviser: Faculty Student Adviser in the Engineering Student Centre (Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 22)

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Software Engineering (24 credits)

Minor Adviser: Faculty Student Adviser in the Engineering Student Centre (Frank Dawson Adams, Room 22) The Software Engineering Minor will prepare engineering students for a career in software engineering. It will provide a foundation in basic computer science, computer programming, and software engineering practice. This Minor consists of 24 credits (eight ...

For more information, see Minor Software Engineering (24 credits).

Technological Entrepreneurship Minor

Technological Entrepreneurship Minor

This Minor is offered jointly by the Faculties of Engineering and Management. It will appeal to those students who have a concept, process, or product idea in mind and who want to explore the opportunity of commercializing it. It will also be of interest to students who have a general interest in entrepreneurship and intend to pursue a career in small- and medium-sized high-technology/engineering companies.

Students taking the Minor choose 18 credits from courses in technological entrepreneurship (entrepreneurship, marketing management, organization policy, marketing of technology, leadership, and human resources management). Students can also choose to take business plan design and project courses, which give students an opportunity to design a business plan and develop a technology or engineering project.

Minor Adviser: Faculty Student Adviser in the Engineering Student Centre (Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 22)

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Technological Entrepreneurship (18 credits)

Minor Adviser: Faculty Student Adviser in the Engineering Student Centre (Frank Dawson Adams, Room 22) This Minor is offered jointly by the Faculties of Engineering and Management. It will appeal to those students who have a concept, process, or product idea in mind and who want to explore the opportunity of commercializing it. It will also be of interest to ...

For more information, see Minor Technological Entrepreneurship (18 credits).

Faculty of Engineering—2012-2013 (last updated Mar. 19, 2012) (disclaimer)