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Bachelor of Engineering in Bioresource Engineering

What's special about a McGill Bachelor of Engineering in Bioresource Engineering (B.Eng)?

Bioresource Engineering is an interdisciplinary program that integrates engineering, design and the biological sciences. It is a unique profession that applies engineering principles to the enhancement and sustainability of the world’s natural resources. Bioresource Engineers seek solutions to problems that involve plants, animals and the environment.

As a Bioresource Engineer you will have a tremendous number of opportunities available to you, all related to systems in which biological and technological components act together. Just a few examples are:

  • Water resources development at the watershed or local level
  • Ecosystems
  • Agricultural machines or animal housing
  • Golf course design
  • Remote sensing and area planning
  • Food production
  • Fermentation

Of course, we fully recognize that no one can be an expert on everything. By choosing one of our five optional career streams, you can concentrate more on some aspects of Bioresource Engineering than on others:

  1. BioEnvironmental Engineering
  2. Soil and Water Engineering
  3. Ecological Engineering
  4. Food and Bioprocess Engineering
  5. Agricultural Engineering

How is the B. Eng Bioresource structured?

This is a general outline. Consult the eCalendar for detailed program outlines.

Over the course of 3.5 years (U1, U2, U3 and U4), students will complete a 113-credit degree. For students from high schools outside Quebec, a 30-credit freshman year (called U0) will be added at the start of your studies.

If you will be completing advanced level course work (such as International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced Levels, and/or university courses) you may receive advanced standing credit for all or part of the U0 year.

While you are working to obtain your (B.Eng.) Major degree, you can also complete a Bioresource Engineering Minor Program. This usually adds about one term to your total studies at McGill. However, it will increase your expertise substantially in that specific area, such as Environmental Engineering.

Our program is accredited by:

  1. The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB): graduates from the Bioresource Engineering program automatically qualify for membership in the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ), after meeting various conditions such as passing the French language test, paying appropriate fees, etc. This corresponds directly to "Professional Engineer" status in other Canadian provinces and territories, and most American states.
  2. The Ordre des Agronomes du Québec (OAQ): graduates who select the Professional Agronomy option of the Bioresource Engineering program qualify to register as Professional Agronomists with the OAQ, in addition to being eligible to register with the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec as Professional Engineers. Professional Agronomists have expertise in the science and technology of producing and using plants for food, fuel, fiber, and reclamation.

When do I declare my program of study?

At the time of application, you will be required to apply directly to the Bachelor of Engineering in Bioresource Engineering (in the Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences).  If you wish to add a minor or choose from one of our five optional career streams, this can be done after admission, in consultation with an academic advisor.    

Enhance your B.Eng. Degree!

Internships are a wonderful way for students to explore their academic interests outside of the university realm. For those that find opportunities within industries related to their fields of study, they are able to turn their theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom, into practical experience in the work force.  The Internship Office is here to assist students in finding internship placements that will complement their education.

Many Bioresource Engineering students have also gone abroad to study at another university as part of an exchange program. Some students go for one semester, others for two. If you are interested in participating in an official exchange program, the first thing you should do is to attend a Study Abroad Information Session. There is usually one held during the fall on the Macdonald campus, and more are held on the downtown campus. Learn more about exchange programs.