Minor Programs

Minor Programs in the Faculty of Engineering

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. or B.Sc.(Arch.) degree. Minors normally consist of 18–24 credits, allowing 6–12 credits of overlap with the degree program (see individual minor program requirements for specific information regarding course overlap). The real credit cost to the student is typically 9–18 credits, representing one term beyond the B.Eng. 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 departmental advisor. Departments also publish information regarding the choice of courses in this publication and in separate documents.

For enrolment in any other minors available at the University which is not listed below, please consult an advisor at MESC.

Note: Students are also permitted to register for minor concentrations offered by departments in the Faculty of Arts. To register in one of these minor concentrations, students must submit a request through the Minor Webform to obtain approval from the Faculty of Engineering. The Faculty of Engineering allows up to nine credits of overlap with the degree program for Engineering students taking Arts minor concentrations.

Minor Programs:

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

The Minor is designed for engineering students wishing to pursue a career in aerospace engineering. The program covers fundamental aircraft and spacecraft design and the certification process. The program includes further specialization in the following streams: aerodynamics and propulsion, structural analysis, materials and processes, spacecraft engineering and...

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

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Applied Artificial Intelligence (22-25 credits) (25 credits)

The B.Eng.; Minor in Applied Artificial Intelligence, open to all engineering students, is designed to provide the foundation for applications of AI techniques in various fields of interest. Students must complete 7 courses as follows. Up to three courses can be double counted with the major.

For more information, see Minor Applied Artificial Intelligence (22-25 credits) (25 credits).

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) ...

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

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

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 form area(s) within the field of biomedicine (artificial cells and organs; bioinformatics, genomics, and...

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

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

Minor Adviser: Faculty Student Adviser in the McGill Engineering Student Centre (Student Affairs Office) (Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 22). For advising regarding Science courses, contact Nancy Nelson, Undergraduate Adviser, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science. ...

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

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

Minor Adviser (program coordinator): Dr. Samuel Sewall (Director of Undergraduate Studies, 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 students in the Faculty of Engineering who are interested in computers. Students in the Faculty of Engineering may obtain a Computer Science Minor by completing 24 credits of courses, passed with a grade of C or better.

Students interested in this Minor should contact:

  • Liette Chin
  • Undergraduate Program Coordinator
  • School of Computer Science
  • McConnell Engineering Building, Room 320
  • Telephone: 514-398-7071, ext. 00118
  • Email: liette.chin [at] mcgill.ca

and the Minor Adviser in the School of Computer Science.

Computer Science Courses in Engineering Programs

Computer Science Courses in Engineering Programs

The School of Computer Science offers an extensive range of courses for students in the Faculty of Engineering who are 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. programs are listed below.

Search All Courses for other courses offered by the School of Computer Sciences (subject code COMP).

Computer Science Courses in Engineering Programs
COMP 206 (3) Introduction to Software Systems
COMP 208 (3) Computer Programming for Physical Sciences and Engineering
COMP 250 (3) Introduction to Computer Science
COMP 251 (3) Algorithms and Data Structures
COMP 302 (3) Programming Languages and Paradigms
COMP 360 (3) Algorithm Design
COMP 421 (3) Database Systems
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Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Computer Science (25 credits)

24-26 credits ...

For more information, see Minor Computer Science (25 credits).

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

This Minor covers construction project management, law related to construction, labour-management relations, financial accounting and project finance, in addition to topics in other construction-related fields, architecture or mining engineering. ...

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

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

The B.Eng.; Minor in Economics focuses on such economic topics as: how societies decide what to produce, how much of it, what determines prices, exchange rates, interest rates, and levels of inflation. How economies function internally and on a global scale, what drives consumers, and how public policy and global events affect markets. A maximum of 9 credits of...

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 Bieler School of Environment.

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 advisor and the Minor program advisor. For program details, see Bieler School of Environment > Undergraduate > Browse Academic Programs > Minor in Environment.

Minor Advisor: Students interested in this Minor should contact:

  • Kathy Roulet
  • Bieler School of Environment, Program Advisor
  • Telephone: 514-398-4306
  • Email: kathy.roulet [at] mcgill.ca
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Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Environmental Engineering (21 credits)

The Minor program is designed to focus on the principles of environmental engineering in all engineering disciplines providing a specialization at the undergraduate level. ...

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

Minor Program in Management

Minor Program in Management

Prerequisites: None

Minor for Non-Management Students: Students considering this minor program should consult a Faculty student adviser in the McGill Engineering Student Centre (Student Affairs Office; Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 22) before applying to 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.

A minor comprises 18 credits of courses available from the core program of the Desautels Faculty of Management (subject to timetable requirements). Some courses from the Management core program have considerable overlap with Engineering courses and thus are not available to Engineering students.

Students embarking on a minor must be prepared to take credits additional to their Engineering program. Students in a B.Eng. 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 each individual academic program listing for the B.Eng. degree (see Browse Academic Units & Programs).

Admission requirements for the Management minor change annually. Please consult the Desautels Faculty of Management website for more details.

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.

Application and Program Requirements

Detailed information on the following Minor program can be found in Desautels Faculty of Management > Undergraduate > Overview of Programs Offered by the Desautels Faculty of Management > Minor for Non-Management Students:

Further information can also be found at mcgill.ca/engineering/students/undergraduate/advising-programs/minor-programs.

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

Minor Adviser: Prof. Richard Chromik (Minor Coordinator), Wong Building, Room 2620 ...

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

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

The B.Eng.; Minor in Mathematics provides students with an even stronger foundation in mathematics to further develop their knowledge of this subject. Students enrolled in the B.Eng.; Minor in Mathematics complete a series of mathematics courses offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, or other units offering mathematics courses. ...

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

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Mining Engineering (23 credits)

Program credit weight: 23-25 credits The Mining Engineering Minor covers fundamentals of mineral exploration, ore extraction, and mineral processing. The program includes an experiential learning component through an industrial work term for which enrolment may be limited.

For more information, see Minor Mining Engineering (23 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. Enrolment in the MST Minor is limited to students with existing scientific backgrounds from all faculties at McGill University. Selection is based on prior experience in math, computer programming, and related sciences; expressed interest in the program; and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

Detailed information on this program can be found in Schulich School of Music > Undergraduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Department of Music Research: Composition; Music Education; Music History; Theory; Faculty Program > Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Minor Musical Science and Technology (18 credits).

The online application form is available at mcgill.ca/music/programs/minor/mst and must be submitted by the application deadline.

For further information about this Minor, please visit website: mcgill.ca/music/programs/minor/mst

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

Through courses already offered in the Faculties of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and Health Sciences, depending on the courses completed, undergraduate students will acquire knowledge in some of the following areas related to nanotechnology: ...

For more information, see Minor Nanotechnology (21 credits).

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

The B.Eng.; Minor in Physics focuses on thermal physics and quantum physics. This program is open to engineering students in one of the following honours programs offered by the Faculty of Engineering; Honours in Electrical Engineering and Honours in Mechanical Engineering. See the Engineering Student Centre for details on authorization needed for this program. ...

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

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

The Software Engineering Minor provides a foundation in basic computer science, computer programming, and software engineering practice. The Minor program does not carry professional recognition.

For more information, see Minor Software Engineering (18 credits).

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

This Minor in Technological Entrepreneurship is a collaboration of the Faculty of Engineering and the Desautels Faculty of Management. The program focusses on an entrepreneurial mindset to see opportunity in the world and provide training in an entrepreneurial method to bring opportunities for change to life. This program takes a democratized approach to...

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

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