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Undeclared Engineering (First Year Studies Only)

Undeclared Engineering

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Administered by: First Year Engineering Office
Program Format: First-semester studies only.

Undeclared Engineering is an entry option that provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the various engineering disciplines before selecting a plan of study. The curriculum of the first semester is exactly the same as that of any of the other eight engineering plans currently offered by the Faculty.

O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses including Grade 12 U courses in: English, Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Physics (SPH4U) and Chemistry (SCH4U).

  1. ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English.
  2. The grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the 70 percent range) will be determined subject to competition.
  3. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.  

Students who are not yet sure about which engineering discipline is of interest to them enrol in this plan of study. The curriculum of the first semester is exactly the same as that of any of the other eight engineering programs currently offered by the Faculty. All of the information provided in the description of any of the eight engineering programs is relevant and applicable to the undeclared engineering students.

Undeclared engineering students must, no later than December 1st of the year of approval, provide the First-Year Engineering Office with their first, second and third choices of the engineering program they intend to enrol in. Depending on their Academic Standing following the completion of the fall semester, the CGPA achieved, and the space availability in the chosen engineering programs, students will be enrolled in the winter semester in the courses applicable to their chosen program. Other engineering students who wish to switch to another engineering program should follow the same procedure described here.

Students who complete the curriculum of the first semester, with a CLEAR Academic Standing, and who achieve a CGPA of at least 2.67 ('B-') will be enrolled in their first-choice engineering program. Depending on space availability in the various engineering programs, other undeclared, and declared students who wish to switch their engineering plan will be enrolled in one of their three chosen engineering plans, with priority given to those who have higher CGPA.

Undeclared engineering students will continue to be enrolled in the undeclared plan of study until they achieve "CLEAR" Academic Standing. Students will then be enrolled in one of the eight engineering plans following the guidelines described above.

Early Intervention Program

Highly innovative and proactive retention strategies play an important role in helping students build the skills for success in a demanding engineering curriculum. Through the First-Year Engineering Office, the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science has incorporated the Early Intervention Program into the first-year engineering experience. At the semester's mid-point, students who are failing courses in their core curriculum are identified and encouraged to attend an interview with a member of our academic support team (Program Director/Academic Advisor and/or the Student Counsellor). Together, they discuss options to help reduce the chances of academic failure.

First Year Transition Program

The objective of the first year transition program, opens in new window is to provide students, who may need more time to adapt to the demanding university curriculum, with an immediate opportunity to upgrade their Academic Standing. In the second semester, Phase I of the transition program offers all first semester core courses: CHY 102, MTH 140, MTH 141, and PCS 211 in parallel with the second semester regular program courses. Students who have failed and/or are missing any one of these courses at the end of the first semester are required to upgrade their Academic Standing through enrolling in the transition program. During the condensed Spring semester (May-July) Phase II of the transition program offers all second semester core courses: AER 222, BME 100, CHE 200, CHY 211, CPS 125, CVL 207, ELE 202, MEC 222, MTH 240, MTL 200, and PCS 125. These courses represent a repeat of the second semester regular program courses that were not taken by students enrolled in Phase I of the transition program. These courses will be offered subject to adequate enrolment.

Writing Skills Resource Path

All new engineering students are automatically enrolled in CEN 199: Writing Skills.

CEN 199 is graded on a Pass/Fail basis, and is used to track the results of the Writing Skills Test (WST).

All students admitted into engineering are required to write the mandatory Writing Skills Test (WST) during Orientation Week. Students who pass the WST (by achieving a grade of ‘B' or higher) will receive a PASS in CEN 199 and therefore may enrol in the lower level liberal studies course of their choice (subject to availability).

Students who do not pass the WST will receive an INP (In Progress Grade) in CEN 199 and will be required to enrol in one of LNG 111, LNG 112, LNG 113, or LNG 121 as their first-year lower level liberal studies course. These courses, which count toward lower level liberal studies requirements, are writing-intensive humanities and social science courses designed to give students the opportunity to strengthen their foundations in communication. These students will then have three additional opportunities to write and pass the WST:

  • In May, following 2nd Semester.
  • During Orientation Week before 3rd Semester.
  • In May, following 4th Semester.

A PASS in CEN 199: Writing Skills is required to enrol in all third-year engineering courses. Students with a grade of INP in CEN 199 will not be allowed to enrol in any third-year engineering course.

Detailed information is available from the First-Year Engineering Office. Room ENG 377 Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4261.

Optional Specialization in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OS EIE)

This option provides students with a solid foundation in innovation and entrepreneurship theory as well as the immersive experience of advancing and shaping an idea into a business. The lecture courses cover principles of engineering economics, entrepreneurship and innovation management, and technology based new venture creation. The practicum will guide students through the process of identifying a new business concept, developing their technology, and preparing their business for market readiness. For eligibility, registration and course information see Optional Specialization in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OS EIE).

Optional Specialization in Management Sciences (OS MS)

Students can enrich their studies and hone their management skills with the Optional Specialization in Management Sciences. Courses within the optional specialization cover four major areas in management sciences: Strategic Engineering Management, Operations Management/Operations Research, Finance, and Organizational Behaviour. For eligibility, registration, and course information see Optional Specialization in Management Sciences (OS MS).

Engineering Transfer Credits

Applicants approved into an Engineering program cannot expect to receive any transfer credits in Engineering discipline or Engineering related discipline courses if their applicable post-secondary education was not completed at a program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, external link, opens in new window (CEAB).

Core and professional engineering course transfer credits will ONLY be granted at the time of admission. An Offer of Admission will notify the applicant of transfer credit decision(s) subject to acceptance of their Offer.

Liberal studies discipline courses taken at CEAB accredited or non-accredited schools will be considered for either lower- or upper-level liberal studies transfer credit. College courses, in general, are not eligible for transfer credit except in the case of lower-level liberal studies courses.

Liberal Studies

Students must take two lower level liberal studies courses and two upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website, opens in new window.

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions

Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, and Undeclared Engineering

ASC 120, BLG 181, BMS 150, CHY 182, CHY 183, ITM 277, MEC 110, PCS 111, PCS 181, PCS 182 and SCI courses are not available for credit.


Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Certificates

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website, opens in new window for complete details.

Accelerated Master of Applied Science (MASc) Pathway

The Accelerated Master of Applied Science (MASc) Pathway is open to undergraduate engineering students who have demonstrated academic excellence and/or research potential by the end of the third year of their undergraduate program. Students can enrol in a maximum of two graduate level courses in addition to their regular undergraduate course requirements in the final year of their undergraduate program and commence their Master’s research such that the MASc program can be completed in approximately one year. The Accelerated MASc Pathway does not change the degree requirements for the existing BEng or MASc programs. For more information about and application to this pathway, please contact the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science.  

Students are to follow this curriculum until they choose and are admitted to, one of the following specific programs of study: Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, or Mechanical Engineering.

1st & 2nd Semester

Revised curriculum begins 2021-2022 for students admitted Fall 2021

1st Semester


CEN 100 Introduction to Engineering
CEN 199* Writing Skills
CHY 102 General Chemistry
MTH 140 Calculus I
MTH 141 Linear Algebra
PCS 211 Physics: Mechanics

One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

2nd Semester


ECN 801 Principles of Engineering Economics
MTH 240 Calculus II
PCS 125 Physics: Waves and Fields

Complete the requirements from one of the eight programs of study:


AER 222 Engineering Design and Graphical Communication
CPS 125 Digitial Computation and Programming
MTL 200 Materials Science Fundamentals


BME 100* Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
CPS 188 Computer Programming Fundamentals
ELE 202 Electric Circuit Analysis


CHE 200 Chemical Engineering Fundamentals
CHY 211 General Chemistry Laboratory
CPS 125 Digitial Computation and Programming


CPS 125 Digitial Computation and Programming
CVL 207 Graphics
MTL 200 Materials Science Fundamentals

Computer and Electrical

CPS 188 Computer Programming Fundamentals
ELE 202 Electric Circuit Analysis

Industrial and Mechanical

CPS 188 Computer Programming Fundamentals
MEC 222 Engineering Graphical Communication
MTL 200 Materials Science Fundamentals

* This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

For information and assistance, contact the First Year Engineering Office (FYEO), opens in new window.