BEng (Bioresource Engineering)

About

If you are interested in both biology and technology, Bioresource Engineering is the program for you. As world populations rise, so does the requirement for food, renewable fuels and biochemical products. This huge demand greatly increases the pressures on our environment. Bioresource Engineering uses both biology and technology to solve these problems.

As a Bioresource Engineering student, you may decide to add the experience of a summer internship to your program. Our students have worked for the United Nations Food Program, interned on an urban rooftop farm in Washington DC, and helped Engineers Without Borders find ways to improve the lives of people in rural Africa. They have also worked on research projects to develop new technology such as a soil moisture sensor, a revolutionary greenhouse system to help with food security in Northern Canada, and a new type of bee smoker.

Bioresource Engineering is a professional engineering program, fully accredited by Engineers Canada as satisfying the academic requirements for registration in the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) [Order of Engineers of Quebec], as well as Canadian, American and many international engineering associations. This is a very diverse program, and you will be able to specialize by choosing one of three optional streams.

Optional Streams

Bio-Environmental Engineering: Manage the interface between humans and their natural environment, such as land development, waste management, pollution, soil and water, urban and rural ecology, and climate change adaptation

Bio-Process Engineering: Transform biological materials and feedstock into safe, high-quality consumer products such as food, fibre and fuels; Storage, food preservation, biomaterials and fermentation

Bio-Production Engineering (including the Agricultural Engineering/Agrology Option*):  Develop and apply engineering fundamentals to the sustainable production of crops, livestock and biomass; Machinery, robotics, information technology, buildings and structures

* Requirements for registration in the Order of Agrologists of Quebec (OAQ) can be satisfied by appropriate course selection in the Professional Agrology Option.

Courses

Two suggested sequences of courses are offered. Which sequence you follow depends on whether you entered the program in the fall (September) or the winter (January).

For a complete list of courses:

Bachelor of Engineering (Bioresource) (B.Eng.(Bioresource)) - Major Bioresource Engineering (113 Credits)

Careers

■ Biomass and bioenergy industry
■ Environmental consulting
■ International development agencies
■ Food and agriculture industries
■ Water resource management
■ Bioproducts and specialty chemicals

For more career options: mcgill.ca/caps/discipline