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The Department has identified four technical elective areas within its current offerings. Students may choose a technical elective package from the four areas identified below to help them in their selection of technical electives. Choosing a specific elective package is not mandatory.
Students do not receive any official notification on their transcript for completing an elective package. However, students may find it possible to arrange their electives in such a way as to complete the requirements for one or more Faculty of Engineering Option. To do this, students with sufficiently high grades are encouraged, subject to approval from the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, to supplement their program with extra courses or courses taken by distance education or at another university.
Please click on the following to learn more about the elective package and courses in the elective area:
Certain elective course groupings have been recognized by the Faculty of Engineering or the University as Designated Options that provide a secondary emphasis in certain plans. The emphasis may be in another academic subject or in a career-oriented area. The number of courses required to complete an option varies from option to option.
An option will ONLY appear on your transcript if you have registered for it. See Option Registration.
Many of the courses within the departmental technical elective areas can be used as credit toward the various options. Please see Computer Engineering Option - Unique to SYDE Students for the requirements.
- Environmental Engineering
- International Studies in Engineering
- Management Sciences
- Physical Sciences
- Software Engineering
- Water Resources
University-wide options are available in Cognitive Science and Society, Technology and Values. Information about them can be found under Interdisciplinary Studies.
Any questions about requirements for an option should be addressed to the Option Coordinator.
Interdisciplinary option rules are controlled by the interdisciplinary board and not by the Faculty of Engineering. The decision for counting courses is theirs.
IT IS UP TO YOU TO DO RESEARCH ON OPTIONS TO DETERMINE WHAT COURSES ARE REQUIRED AND WHETHER OR NOT YOU WILL NEED TO TAKE EXTRA COURSES TO ACHIEVE THE OPTION REQUIREMENTS. Remember that you may only take an extra if your last term average is 75% or better.