Technical Electives

Approved Technical Electives

Students should consult the Academic Calendar for course availability and pre-requisites. Electives may be cancelled if enrolment is low or if a suitable instructor is not available.

Students must take a minimum of 6 technical elective credits from CHBE courses.

Course Title Program Credits
CHBE 3701
Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering CHML/CHBE 3
CHBE 3732
Water Pollution Control CHML/CHBE 4
CHBE 402
Biomass Fractionation Technology CHML/CHBE 3
CHBE 451
Engineering Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics CHML/CHBE 3
CHBE 476
Modelling and Optimization in Chemical Engineering CHML/CHBE 3
CHBE 477
Fuel Cell and Electrochemical Engineering CHML/CHBE 3
CHBE 478
Polymer Science and Processing CHML/CHBE 3
CHBE 482
Petroleum Refining Process Modelling and Simulation CHML/CHBE 3
CHBE 483
Syllabus (TBA)
Energy Engineering CHML/CHBE 3
CHBE 4852
Air Pollution Prevention and Control CHML/CHBE 3
CHBE 486
Waste Management for Resource Recovery CHML/CHBE 3
CHBE 487
Interfacial Phenomena CHML/CHBE 3
CHBE 488
Carbon Capture, Conversion and Sequestration Technologies CHML/CHBE 3
CHBE 4913 Thesis Proposal CHML/CHBE 1
CHBE 4923 Thesis (following CHBE 491) CHML/CHBE 5
CHBE 4954 Thesis Proposal-Biotechnology Topic CHML/CHBE 1
CHBE 4964 Thesis-Biotechnology Topic (following CHBE 495) CHML/CHBE 5
CHBE 381
Bioprocess Engineering I CHML 3
CHBE 481
Syllabus (TBA)
Bioprocess Engineering II CHML 4
CHBE 4745
Process Control Engineering CHML/CHBE 3
CHBE 497B Topics in Chemical and Biological Engineering – Special Topic in Bioanalytics and Diagnostics (Dr. Jane Hill) CHML/CHBE 3


1CHBE 370 may be taken as a technical elective by students who started in CHBE prior to 2019W only.

2CHBE 373 and CHBE 485 may only be taken as a technical elective by students who started in CHBE in 2019W or later or started 3rd year courses in 2020W or later.

3CHBE 491 and CHBE 492 must be taken together.

4CHBE 495 and CHBE 496 must be taken together.

5CHBE 474 can count as a technical elective for CHML students who took CHBE 356 (4 credits) in 2021W and later

Course Title Credits
APSC 2781 Engineering Materials 3
APSC 4864 New Venture Design 6
APSC 498 Directed Studies 1-6
BMEG 372 Biomedical Materials and Drug Delivery 3
BMEG 373 Microfluidics 3
BIOC 202 Introductory Medical Biochemistry 3
BIOC 302 General Biochemistry 3
BIOL 200 Fundamentals of Cell Biology 3
BIOL 201 Intro to Biochemistry 3
CAPS 391 Introduction to Gross Human Anatomy 3
CHEM 302 Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry 3
CHEM 405 Biophysical Chemistry 3
FNH 301 Food Chemistry 3
FNH 309 Food Processing 3
FNH 313 Food Microbiology 3
MECH 433 Biofluids 3
MINE 486 Mining and the Environment 3
MINE 488 Heavy Oil Sand Mining and Processing 3
MTRL 358 Hydrometallurgy I 3
MTRL 458 Hydrometallurgy II 3
MTRL 495 Biomaterials 3
PHYS 305 Introduction to Biophysics 3
Students can only take a maximum of 3 credits from the following courses:
APSC 440 Management Fundamentals for Technology-Based Product Marketing and Development 3
APSC 461 Global Engineering Leadership 3
APSC 462 Global Engineering Leadership Practicum 3
COMR 3293 Principles of Organizational Behaviour 3
COMR 3983 Introduction to Business Processes and Operations 3
COMR 4572,3
(COMM 4572)
Fundamentals of Financial Accounting 3
COMR 4583 Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting 3
COMR 4653 Marketing Management 3
COMR 4733 Business Finance 3
ENVR 410 Energy, Environment and Society 3
MECH 495 Industrial Engineering 3
MECH 496 Engineering Management 3
MINE 405 Introduction to Risk Management for Mining and Large Industrial Projects 3


1Only for students in Chemical and Biological Engineering.

2Only for students completing the Minor in Commerce Program.

3Only for students with 3 or more Technical Electives

4This course requires an application. See website for details

Non-approved technical electives

To receive credit towards the technical elective program requirement for courses not found on the Approved Technical Elective list, students must seek permission from an undergraduate program advisor before the student takes the course.

To request permission, email Permission to take a technical elective is at the instructor’s discretion should any pre-requisites be incomplete.