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UTSC and U of T Engineering create unique undergraduate/graduate program

UTSC Dean & Vice-Principal (Academic) Rick Halpern signs an agreement that will give select UTSC students a boost towards an engineering graduate degree.

 Students interested in the environment and engineering can soon take advantage of a unique joint undergraduate/graduate program offered by the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) and the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering (FASE).

UTSC Dean & Vice-Principal (Academic) Rick Halpern and U of T Engineering Dean Cristina Amon signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to the creation of the joint degree program on June 6.

Participants in the five-year program will graduate with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Environmental Science and a Master of Engineering degree (MEng) in either Chemical or Civil Engineering. In the first three years students work on their BSc requirements. In fourth year they continue to take some undergraduate courses and some graduate courses. In the fifth year they take their remaining graduate courses. The program is anticipated to start in September 2013.

Though it may mean harder work for students, the agreement creates a new opportunity for them and shortens the timeframe to graduation, said Bill Gough, vice-dean, graduate education and program development at UTSC. “I think the excitement of being included in engineering in this fashion overrides the sense of extra work that has to be done,” he said.

“This agreement marks two historic firsts: the first collaboration between FASE and UTSC and the first program of its kind in Canada,” Dean Amon said at the signing ceremony.

Dean Halpern noted that several other faculties and departments at U of T are now considering joint bachelor/master degree programs. “We have 19 others cued up behind us.”

Amon and Halpern thanked Gough and Chris Damaren, vice-deans of graduate studies at UTSC and U of T Engineering respectively, for bringing the program to fruition.


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