The disciplines that presented the highest percentages of female undergraduate enrolment in 2017 were biosystems engineering, environmental engineering, and chemical engineering, with 47.5 per cent, 41.2 per cent, and 39.3 per cent of total enrolment, respectively. Four out of the five disciplines with the highest percentage of females enrolled were also four out of the five disciplines with the least number of undergraduate students enrolled (see Chart 2.2).
The disciplines with the lowest percentages of female undergraduate enrolment were mechanical engineering (14.2 per cent), software engineering (14.6 per cent), and computer engineering (14.8 per cent). While these three disciplines account for 55.1 per cent of the total number of undergraduate students, they only account for 23.5 per cent of the total number of female undergraduate students.
Furthermore, the disciplines that presented the highest growth in the proportion of females from 2016 were chemical engineering and materials or metallurgical engineering, which rose from 36.8 per cent and 31.6 per cent in 2016, to 39.3 per cent and 33.1 per cent in 2017, respectively. Similarly, the disciplines that presented the highest growth in the proportion of females from 2013 were again materials and metallurgical engineering and chemical engineering, which went from 24.5 per cent and 32.8 per cent in 2013, to 33.1 per cent and 39.3 per cent in 2017, respectively.
Statistics provided by Engineers Canada.