Undergraduate Academic Programmes

 

General Information

Introduction

All degree programmes are offered in English and in French. A student will normally register in academic courses given in the student's first official language. Students who have reached the functional level in their second language may register in courses in their second language and in courses taught in a bilingual format. The academic year is divided into three terms, the Fall Term, the Winter Term and the Summer term. The academic year for full-time students normally extends from late August until May.

Degrees and Programmes Offered

The Royal Military College of Canada offers academic programmes leading to the undergraduate degrees listed below. It should be noted that not all programmes are open to students under the ROTP entry plan.

 
Undergraduate Degree Minimum credits required Programmes Available
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • B.A. (Hons)
40
  • Business Administration
  • English
  • French Studies
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Military and Strategic Studies
  • Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • B.A.
40
  • Business Administration
  • English
  • French Studies
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Military and Strategic Studies
  • Psychology
30  
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • B.Sc. (Hons)
42
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Space Science
  • Bachelor of Science
  • B.Sc.
42
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Space Science
  • Bachelor of Science (General)
  • B.Sc. (Gen) Footnote 1
30  
  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • B.Eng.
Programme
specific
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (Honours)
  • B.M.A.Sc. (Hons) Footnote 2
40
  • Specialization in Military Studies
  • Bachelor of Military Arts and Science
  • B.M.A.Sc. Footnote 2
30  
 

College Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum represents the minimum content in certain areas which are required content of all RMC of Canada degrees. However, all students need not pass exactly the same pattern of courses in order

The Core Curriculum contains within it two separate themes;

  1. The first theme is the minimum standard for Mathematics (which also includes Logic and Information Technology) and Sciences (Chemistry or Biology and Physics).

  2. The second theme is a basic requirement in the study of Canadian History, Language and Culture, Political Science, International Relations and Leadership and Ethics.

First Year

First Year may be completed in; Arts, Science, or Engineering. Students who complete the First Year Science or Engineering Programme may proceed in Engineering or in Science in subsequent years. They may also enter Second Year Arts but will be required to make up specific Arts courses from First Year.

Double Major

A student, who successfully completes the 16 credits required for each Major of two separate disciplines, will receive a Double Major. See your department for details.

Combined or Joint Programme

Some departments offer a Combined Major or a Joint Major. When the Combined Major or Joint Major is in conjunction with a Science Programme, the Science Programme takes precedence, and the core courses for Science Programmes must be followed. See your department for details.

Minor

In addition to the Honours or Major, students may also develop a Minor in one subject which is not an integral part of their Major. See your department for details.

Arts Degree Programmes

Students in the Arts will normally select a Major in their second year. Application for entry into Honours programmes will be made to the department and will normally be done during the third year. (or at the beginning of the third year in the case of Business Administration).

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

A Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree will be awarded if the following conditions are completed:

  • core courses for arts programmes;
  • 20 programme specific credits (including any applicable core courses);
  • elective credits, as required, to meet the total programme credits.

Bachelor of Arts

A Bachelor of Arts degree will be awarded if the following conditions are completed:

  • core courses for arts programmes;
  • 16 programme specific credits (including any applicable core courses);
  • elective credits, as required, to meet the total programme credits.

Core Courses for Arts Programmes

The following is a list of courses required by all students enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or a Bachelor of Arts offered by the Faculty of Arts.

A total of 21 credits:

All of the following courses:

  • ENE110: Introduction to Literary Studies and University Writing Skills (2 credits)
  • ENE210: Reading the Contemporary World: 1900 to the Present (2 credits)
  • HIE102: Canada (2 credits)
  • HIE203: Introduction to Canadian Military History (1 credit) Arts Programmes Footnote 3
  • HIE271: Introduction to Military History and Thought (1 credit) Arts Programmes Footnote 4
  • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology (1 credit)
  • PSE301: Organizational Behaviour and Leadership (1 credit)
  • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics (1 credit)
  • POE116: Introduction to International Relations (1 credit)
  • POE205: Canadian Politics and Society (1 credit)
  • MAE103: Precalculus Mathematics (1 credit) Arts Programmes Footnote 5
  • MAE106: Discrete Mathematics with Probability (1 credit)
  • MAE113: Calculus for the Liberal Arts (1 credit)
  • 1 Physics Course (1 credit)
  • 1 Chemistry or Biology Course (1 credit)
  • 1 Information Technology: (1 credit) Arts Programmes Footnote 6

Plus one (1) of the following two courses: Arts Programmes Footnote 7

  • ECE103: Introduction to Microeconomics (1 credit)
  • ECE104: Introduction to Macroeconomics (1 credit)

Plus one (1) of the following four courses:

  • POE102: Introduction to Political Science (1 credit)
  • PSE105: Social Psychology (1 credit)
  • ECE103: Introduction to Microeconomics (1 credit)
  • ECE104: Introduction to Macroeconomics (1 credit)
 

Detailed descriptions of the requirements for each arts programme can be found by following the link below:

Science Degree Programmes

Science Programmes

Note: Students in the Science will normally select a Major in their second year. With the approval of the Dean of Science, students who complete second year Engineering may be permitted to enter any third year Science programme. With the approval of the Dean of Engineering, students who complete second year of a Science programme may be permitted to enter third year engineering with some additional courses.

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

A Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree will be awarded if the following conditions are completed:

  • core courses for science programmes:
  • 20 programme specific credits (including the common core courses for the science programmes, if the course meets the programme requirement):
  • A senior project (2 credits);
  • elective credits, as required, to meet the total programme credits (normally 50% from science or engineering, subject to department approval).

Normally a student must obtain a 70% average in first year to be eligible for entry into an Honours programme in second year. A student with a 70% average in second year may be eligible to enter the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in the third year. A student with an average of 70% in second and third years combined may be eligible to enter the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in the fourth year. (SLT marks are not to be included in calculating the average).

A student must normally maintain a 70% average in the subsequent years of the programme of study or may be required to withdraw from the Bachelor of Science (Honours) and continue in a Bachelor of Science. A student who has been required to withdraw from the Bachelor of Science (Honours) may apply to the Dean for reinstatement after two academic terms.

Bachelor of Science

A Bachelor of Science will be awarded upon successful completion of:

  • core courses for science programmes;
  • 16 programme specific credits (including the common core courses for the science programmes, if the course meets the programme requirement):
  • elective credits, as required, to meet the total programme credits (normally 50% from science or engineering, subject to department approval).

Core Courses for Science Programmes

The following, is a list of courses required by all students enrolled in a Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Science offered by the Faculty of Science.

A total of 18 credits:

  • ENE100: Introduction to Literary Studies and University Writing Skills (2 credits)
  • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology (1 credit)
  • PSE301: Organizational Behaviour and Leadership (1 credit)
  • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics (1 credit)
  • CCE101: Introductory Chemistry (2 credits) Science Programmes Footnote 8
  • CSE101: Introduction to Algorithms and Computing (1 credit)
  • MAE101: Introductory Calculus (2 credits)
  • MAE129: Introduction to Algebra (1 credit)
  • HIE203: Introduction to Canadian Military History (1 credit)
  • HIE207: Canada (1 credit)
  • HIE271: Introduction to Military History and Thought (1 credit) Science Programmes Footnote 9
  • PHE104: General Physics (2 credit)
  • POE116: Introduction to International Relations (1 credit) Science Programmes Footnote 10
  • POE205: Canadian Civics and Society (1 credit)

Interdisciplinary Minor in Life Sciences

The Faculty of Science sponsors an interdisciplinary Minor in Life Sciences available to any candidate with the necessary prerequisites. The required courses include:

  • CCE240; CCE241; CCE242; CCE244;
  • one of CCE385 or CCE460;
  • one credit in a statistics course offered by either the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Arts
 

Detailed descriptions of the requirements for each science programme can be found by following the link below:

Engineering Degree Programmes

Bachelor of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering is responsible for the education of future officers for professional careers in engineering in the Canadian Armed Forces. Of primary concern is the development of professional competence in areas applicable to the military and society at large. The curriculum is a mixture of domain-specific engineering courses rounded out by knowledge-broadening courses in the humanities.

RMC of Canada offers six engineering programmes: Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering. All programmes are offered in both English and French. All Engineering programmes are based on a common first year with specialization commencing in the second year of study. The successful solution to any engineering problem will inevitably involve the interaction of several subject areas. To give emphasis to this fact, the fourth year programme includes a realistic engineering project for which students must define the problem as well as find an appropriate engineering solution. The RMC of Canada Calendar should be consulted for further details pertaining to the specific curriculum for each of these engineering programmes.

Engineering programmes are a primary focus of this university, with approximately 40% of our graduates being engineers. All RMC of Canada programmes are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (Canadian Council of Professional Engineers). These programmes are highly regarded due to their practical application to military problems and the low student to professor ratio. These unique characteristics, along with a commitment for excellence in education, assure successful candidates of an Engineering degree with a difference.

In addition to these accredited engineering programmes, the Faculty of Engineering is also responsible for the Army Technical Staff Officer Program (ATSOP) and the Army Technical Warrant Officer (ATWO) programmes in the department of Applied Military Science. This commitment provides continuing technical education and responsiveness to the Canadian Forces training needs.

Core Courses for Engineering Programmes

The following, is a list of courses required by all students enrolled in a Bachelor of Engineering offered by the Faculty of Engineering.

A total of 22.5 credits:

  • ENE100: Introduction to Literary Studies and University Writing Skills (2 credits)
  • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology (1 credit)
  • PSE301: Organizational Behaviour and Leadership (1 credit)
  • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics (1 credit)
  • CCE101: Introductory Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CSE101: Introduction to Algorithms and Computing (1 credit)
  • MAE101: Introductory Calculus (2 credits)
  • MAE119: Linear Algebra for Engineers (1 credit)
  • MAE209: Probability and Statistics (1credit)
  • MAE226: Multivariable and Vector Calculus (1credit)
  • MAE227: Differential Equations and Infinite Series (1credit)
  • HIE203: Introduction to Canadian Military History (1 credit)
  • HIE207: Canada (1 credit)
  • HIE271: Introduction to Military History and Thought (1 credit)
  • HIE289: The Impact of Science and Technology on Society and the Environment (0.5 credit)
  • PHE104: General Physics (2 credits)
  • POE205: Canadian Civics and Society (1 credit)
  • GEE167: Engineering Graphics I (1 credit)
  • GEE293: Managing Engineering Projects (1credit)
 

Detailed descriptions of the requirements for each engineering programme can be found in the pages of the corresponding department by following the link below:

General Degree Programmes

Bachelor of Arts (General)

The Bachelor of Arts (General) is not open to students enrolled in the ROTP programme.

The Faculty of Arts offers a thirty (30) credit Bachelor of Arts (General). Of the 30 credits, at least 20 must be in Arts, at least 10 of the 20 credits in Arts must be at the senior level, and at least 15 must be RMC of Canada credits. Electives may include credits earned as per the RMC of Canada Table of Credit Granted.

Interested students have the option of applying to a Bachelor of Arts (General) without a chosen Concentration, or to a Bachelor of Arts (General) with a Minor (8 credits) or with a Concentration (12 credits). In the latter case, at least 12 credits must be in the chosen discipline (Business Administration, History, Psychology, English, French, Political Science or Economics); of those, at least six must be at the senior level; as well, at least six of the 12 credits in the chosen concentration must be earned through RMC of Canada.

Common Core Curriculum - Bachelor of Arts (General)

The Bachelor of Arts (General) with a Concentration incorporates, in much the same manner as the BMASc, a compulsory core. Of the 30 credits required, the following 11 credits are mandatory:

All of:

  • BAE268: Introduction to Defence Resource Management (1 credit)
  • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics (1 credit) (PSE402: Leadership and Ethics is an acceptable alternative in this programme)

One of:

  • POE205: Canadian Civics and Society (1 credit)
  • POE116: Introduction to International Relations (1 credit)

One of:

  • HIE271: Introduction to Military History and Thought (1 credit)
  • HIE275: Survey of Technology and Warfare (1 credit)
  • HIE475: Technology, Society and Warfare (1 credit)

A minimum of one (1) credit in Military History:

  • HIE208: Canadian Military History: A Study of War and Military History, 1867 to the Present, (or another course in Military History, such as HIE205: Canadian Military History: New France to 1870 or HIE203: Introduction to Canadian Military History) (1 credit)

A minimum of one (1) credit in Canadian History:

  • HIE207: Canada (1 credit), (or another course in Canadian History, such as HIE102: Canada (2 credits)

A minimum of one (1) credit in Military Psychology and Leadership:

  • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology (1 credit) or Equivalent

A minimum of two (2) credits each in:

  • English Literature (2 credits)
  • Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry or Physics (2 credits)

The Bachelor of Arts (General) without a Concentration includes the 11 core credits listed above plus one of the following courses for a total of 12 mandatory credits: ECE103: Introduction to Microeconomics or ECE104: Introduction to Macroeconomics

The Bachelor of Arts (General) without a Concentration is offered to students who are interested in Arts courses, but who initially have no particular interest in a specific field of study in Arts. The student who has chosen this programme will always have the option later in the course of his/her studies to register in the Bachelor of Arts (General) with a Concentration.

The Bachelor of Arts (General) with a Concentration is offered to students who already have an interest in a given field of study in Arts. The Concentrations in Arts have been designed by the departments in the Faculty of Arts in such a way as to make it easy for a student who has completed the programme with distinction to upgrade his/her degree to an Honours degree with a view to pursuing studies at the graduate level.

Note that course offerings, via distance learning, for the Bachelor of Arts (General) with a Minor or a Concentration are limited at this time and completion of such a degree may require attendance at RMC of Canada or the completion of some courses at other universities.

Bachelor of Science (General)

The Bachelor of Science (General) is not open to students enrolled in the ROTP programme.

The Faculty Science offers a thirty (30) credit Bachelor of Science (General) degree with a chosen Minor in Science (Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science), or without a Minor. Of the 30 credits, at least 20 must be in Science, and at least 10 must be earned through RMC of Canada.

Of the 20 credits in Science, 8 are either those of the basic First Year Science Core Requirement of RMC of Canada (listed below) or equivalent. Of the remaining 12 Science credits, the requirements of a Minor as defined by the relevant department or by the Faculty of Science must be met if the student has opted to register in the Bachelor of Science (General) with a Minor. The student who has opted for the Bachelor of Science (General) without a Minor may take any Science course that counts towards a Science degree, provided the prerequisites for the courses are met and the following credits are completed:

Common Core Curriculum - Bachelor of Science (General)

The Bachelor of Science (General) incorporates a compulsory core of courses. Of the 30 credits required, the following 16 credits are mandatory:

First Year Science Core (8 credits):

  • MAE101: Introduction to Calculus (2 credits)
  • MAE129: Introduction to Algebra (1 credit)
  • CSE101: Introduction to Algorithms and Computing (1 credit)
  • PHE104: General Physics (2 credits)
  • CCE101: Engineering Chemistry (2 credits)

All of:

  • BAE268: Introduction to Defence Resource Management (1 credit)
  • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics (1 credit) (PSE402: Leadership and Ethics is an acceptable alternative in this programme)

One of:

  • HIE271: Introduction to Military History and Thought (1 credit)
  • HIE275: Survey of Technology, Society and Warfare (1 credit)
  • HIE475: Technology, Society, and Warfare (1 credit)

One of:

  • POE205: Canadian Politics and Society (1 credit)
  • POE116: Introduction to International Relations) (1 credit)

A minimum of one (1) credit in Military History:

  • HIE208: Canadian Military History: A Study of War and Military History, 1867 to the Present, (or another course in Military History, such as HIE205: Canadian Military History: New France to 1870) (1 credit)

A minimum of one (1) credit in Military Psychology and Leadership:

  • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology (1 credit)

A minimum of two (2) credits in:

  • English Grammar and Literature (2 credits)

The Bachelor of Science (General) without a Minor is offered to students who have a general interest in science courses, but who initially have no particular interest in a specific field of study in Science. The student who has chosen this programme will always have the option later in the course of his/her studies to register in the Bachelor of Science (General) with a Minor or in any other university programme requiring basic science courses.

The Bachelor of Science (General) with a Minor is offered to students who already have an interest in a given field of study in Science. The Minors in Science have been designed by the departments in the Faculty of Science in such a way as to make it possible for a student who has completed the programme with distinction to upgrade the degree to an Honours degree with a view to pursuing studies at the graduate level.

Other Programmes

Certificate Programmes

NCM Executive Professional Development Programme

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