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Below is a list of some courses, including a brief description, that you may find yourself taking during your first year of this program. For formal policies governing mandatory courses and the order in which they have to be taken, please refer to McMaster’s Undergraduate Calendar.

Some Courses You May Take

An introduction to chemical principles for Engineering students, including reactivity, bonding, structure, energetics and electrochemistry.
Three lectures, one lab (two and one half hours) every other week; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in a program in Engineering
Antirequisite(s): CHEM 1A03
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.
Graphical visualization and communication; technical sketching, 2D and 3D computer-aided design; use of solid modelling software.
One lecture, one tutorial (two hours), one lab (three hours); first or second term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in any Engineering program
Antirequisite(s): ENGINEER 1C04, IBEHS 1P10 A/B 
Development and analysis of simple algorithms. Implementation of algorithms in computer programming language. Design and testing of computer programs.
One lecture, one tutorial (two hours), one lab (three hours); first or second term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in any Engineering program
Antirequisite(s): COMPSCI 1MA3, 1MC3, 1SA3, 1TA3, IBEHS 1P10 A/B 
Introduction to professional engineering including ethics, health and safety, roles and responsibilities to society, sustainability, engineering communication; design skills; team design projects.
Two lectures, one tutorial (two hours); first term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in any Engineering program
Antirequisite(s): ENGINEER 4HJ1, IBEHS 1P10 A/B 
An introduction to the structure of both crystalline and amorphous solids; the physical and chemical basis for properties exhibited by materials; an overview of material properties including mechanical, electrical, magnetic and thermal behaviour.
Three lectures; second term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in any program in the Faculties of Engineering or Science
Functions: limits, continuity, derivatives, optimization, curve sketching. Antiderivative, definite integral, techniques of integration, with applications.
Three lectures, one tutorial, one lab; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in a program in Engineering
Antirequisite(s): ARTSSCI 1D06 A/B, MATH 1A03, 1LS3, 1N03, 1NN3, 1X03, 1Z04
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.
Techniques of integration, applications of definite integrals, differential equations, polar coordinates, parametrized curves. Sequences, infinite series, power series. Partial derivatives.
Three lectures, one tutorial, one lab; one term
Prerequisite(s): MATH 1ZA3
Antirequisite(s): ARTSSCI 1D06 A/B, MATH 1AA3, 1LT3, 1N03, 1NN3, 1XX3, 1ZZ5
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.
Vector spaces given by solutions to linear systems. Linear independence, dimension. Determinants. Eigenvalues, eigenvectors and diagonalisation. Complex numbers.
Three lectures, one tutorial, one lab; one term
Prerequisite(s): One of Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors U, MATH 1F03, or credit or registration in MATH 1ZA3
Antirequisite(s): MATH 1B03, 1ZZ5
A course for engineering students. Principles of mechanics of particles and rigid bodies, including Newton's Laws, rotational kinematics and dynamics, torque, energy, momentum, angular momentum, and simple harmonic motion.
Three lectures, one lab (three hours) every other week; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in a program in the Faculty of Engineering
A course for engineering students. Oscillations and waves, interference; electrostatics, electric potential, circuit elements; magnetic fields.
Three lectures, one lab (three hours) every other week; one term
Prerequisite(s): PHYSICS 1D03 and registration in Engineering
Antirequisite(s): PHYSICS 2A03
Introduction to safety guidelines at McMaster University, acceptable safety conduct and positive safety attitudes and practices in laboratories and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
This course is evaluated on a Complete/Fail basis.
Web modules
Antirequisite(s): ART 1HS0, ENGINEER 1A00, ENGTECH 1A00, NURSING 1A00, SCIENCE 1A00
This requirement must be completed prior to the start of the first lab. Students who fail the quiz must reattempt it and will not be permitted in any course with a lab component or any Level II ART course until the requirement has been successfully completed.
A discussion of organic chemistry, chemical kinetics, acid-base equilibrium, and the energetics of phase transformations, with emphasis on relevant experimental techniques and solving real problems ranging from drug discovery to environmental chemistry.
Three lectures, one lab (two and one half hours) every other week; one term
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1A03 or CHEM 1E03
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.

 

At the end of Engineering I, students select one of the following disciplines:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Software Engineering

Students may also choose one of the five-year program options such as Engineering & Management or Engineering & Society. These unique programs have received wide recognition for the value they add to a core Bachelor of Engineering undergraduate degree.

Engineering Free Choice
Students with a minimum admissions average of mid-90s may qualify for guaranteed choice of discipline in second year and beyond, dependent on successful completion of first year Engineering. This does not apply to Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering or Management or Society 5 year program options.

Note: Engineering & Management and Engineering & Society options are not available to students in the Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering.

 

All McMaster Engineering programs include a co-op option. To achieve the co-op designation, you must complete a minimum of 12 months of work experience prior to the beginning of the final academic term of your undergraduate degree.

The mandate of the Engineering Co-op & Career Services is to:

  • connect students with employers
  • equip students with tools and resources to enhance employability
  • manage experience-related programs for undergraduate students

The Benefits of Co-op @ McMaster Engineering

  1. Flexibility
    Co-op is very flexible at McMaster, as you can decide to join at any time during your studies – as long as you are enrolled as a full-time student before, and after, your co-op work term.  Once registered for the co-op program, you can decide how to spread out your 12 month of work experience in:

    •  three summer terms (four months each)
    • one summer term (four months) plus one fall/winter term (eight months)
    • one 12-16 month consecutive term
  2. Preparation
    A mandatory, eight-hour preparation course gives you all the tools you need to successfully compete for co-op position.
  3. Helpful Service
    The Engineering Co-op & Career Services Office staff delivers the Co-op program to thousands of students each year.  They work with students during the whole process, assisting them to navigate their way through job applications, interviews and offers.
  4. Paid Experience
    Need we say more? You will gain hands-on practical experience, begin to develop a strong network and earn excellent pay for each work term.  The Co-op program provides students with the opportunity to apply the technical knowledge learned in university out in the workforce.
  5. Career Development
    Employment experience enhances career development and full-time employment opportunities upon graduation. Through completing co-op work terms, you will learn to identify your strengths, interests and the way in which you can best contribute to an organization. Some of our current employers include:

    • ArcelorMittal Dofasco
    • Blackberry
    • Celestica
    • CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce)
    • Chrysler
    • Ford Canada
    • GE Canada
    • General Motors Canada
    • Husky Injection
    • Hydro One
    • IBM Canada
    • L-3 Wescam
    • Linamar Corporation
    • Maple Leaf Foods
    • Ontario Power Generation
    • Rockwell Automation
    • Stackpole International
    • Suncor Energy
    • Toronto Hydro One

 

 

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 a.m.
CHEM 1E03

Chemistry (Lab)

9:30 a.m.
MATH 1ZA3

Engineering Mathematics I (Lecture)

MATH 1ZA3

Engineering Mathematics I (Lecture)

ENG 1P03

Profession and Practice (Tutorial)

10:30 a.m.
ENG 1C03

Design and Graphics (Tutorial)

11:30 a.m.
CHEM 1E03

Chemistry (Lecture)

CHEM 1E03

Chemistry (Lecture)

ENG 1C03

Design and Graphics (Lecture)

12:30 p.m.
PHYSICS 1D03

Introductory Mechanics (Lecture)

PHYSICS 1D03

Introductory Mechanics (Lecture)

PHYSICS 1D03

Introductory Mechanics (Lecture)

CHEM 1E03

Chemistry (Tutorial)

1:30 p.m.
ENG 1C03

Design and Graphics (Lab)

CHEM 1E03

Chemistry (Lecture)

2:30 p.m.
MATH 1ZA3

Engineering Mathematics I (Lecture)

Elective
3:30 p.m. Elective
PHYSICS 1D03

Introductory Mechanics (Lab)

MATH 1ZA3

Engineering Mathematics I (Tutorial)

Elective
4:30 p.m.
ENG 1P03

Profession and Practice (Lecture)

5:30 p.m.

McMaster’s Engineering I program is administrated from the John Hodgins Engineering (JHE) Building, the Engineering Technology Building (ETB) and the Information Technology Building (ITB) .

Some of the services and programs available for Engineering I students include:

  • an Engineering Student Services office to provide support for first-year undergraduate students with a dedicated Level I Academic Advisor
  • an Engineering Co-op and Career Services office
  • small tutorial/lab groups
  • a state-of-the-art Elliptical Computer Lab, dedicated exclusively to Level I Engineering programs
  • the student-run McMaster Engineering Society (MES)
  • an active Women in Engineering program
  • over 15 unique engineering clubs and teams

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