Learn more about the options that are available to you as a first year student.
Congratulations on being accepted into the Bachelor of Science degree program in the Schulich School of Engineering. The Schulich School of Engineering is building a reputation as one of the most progressive engineering schools in the country and the first choice for talented, creative and leadership-oriented engineers.
The Schulich School of Engineering's seven Bachelor of Science degree programs are fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. Accreditation means that graduates will be accepted as engineers-in-training in all 10 Canadian provinces and internationally (including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong, and more).The Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering requires the completion of 22 full course equivalents (132 credits) and normally four years of full-time study. Choosing an internship will add an additional year to your degree plan.
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Since all students in the Schulich School of Engineering take the same first-year common program, you will have your entire first year to decide on a program (major). During that year you will be given the opportunity to explore what the different programs offer before you rank your preferences in April. The following programs are offered in the Schulich School of Engineering:
The Schulich School encourages well-rounded graduates; therefore all of its programs offer minors and joint degrees with all other faculties at the university. For instance, a Minor in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (MEED) is offered in collaboration with the Haskayne School of Business.
All first-year students in the Schulich School of Engineering take the same first-year courses as outlined below. Due to the size of the first-year cohort and to avoid timetable conflicts, students coming directly from high school will be automatically registered in a block of courses by staff in the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office.
Registration in first-year courses cannot be done until you have accepted your offer of admission. As enrolment in the Schulich School of Engineering is limited, you must accept your offer of admission by June 30, 2013. Admission offers made after June 8th must be accepted within three weeks of the date the offer was received. Students who are admitted and are registering after August 15, 2013 must contact the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office for all registration matters.
If you are a student admitted without having completed Mathematics 31 or equivalent, you MUST contact the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office, Schulich School of Engineering as soon as you accept your offer of admission. Instead of taking AMAT 217 (Calculus for Engineers and Scientists) in Fall 2013, you must take MATH 249 (Introductory Calculus) in Fall 2013 and MATH 117 (Topics from AMAT 217) in Block Week of Winter 2014. Note that the dates for the Block Week course are likely to be January 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th, 2014. With successful completion of both MATH 249 and MATH 117, you will have completed all of the AMAT 217 material, and as such, will be allowed to continue with AMAT 219 (Multivariable Calculus for Engineers) in Winter 2014.
If you do not have credit for Math 31, but find yourself automatically registered in AMAT 217 by the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office staff, please notify our office so your registration can be changed as explained above. If you plan to take Math 31 or equivalent in summer school please notify the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office – if a new transcript showing success in the course is received by Admissions Office by August 31, 2013, the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office will change your registration back to AMAT 217.
If you have questions about whether it would be a good idea to take Math 31 in summer school, or how it would affect your application for admission, please contact the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office.
Students transferring from another post-secondary institution (or from another program at the UofC) will be required to register themselves through the "myUofC" portal (Student Centre). Students must register by following one of the registration blocks (for both Fall and Winter) to avoid time conflicts and to allow the Schulich School the opportunity to accommodate all admitted students in all of their required courses. The blocks can be accessed through: http://schulich.ucalgary.ca/undergraduate/current/degree_programs/common_core (and by referring to the .pdf document "First-Year Course Blocks Fall 2013/Winter 2014).
All first-year students in the Schulich School of Engineering take the same first-year common core program in mathematics, sciences, computing, engineering principles, communications, and design (see below for the first year course list). This provides a foundation for your engineering training and exposes you to the variety of engineering disciplines from which you will choose a program (major) for your second year.
|Applied Mathematics 217||Fall|
|Applied Mathematics 219||Winter|
|Engineering 201||Fall or Winter1|
|Chemistry 209||Fall or Winter1|
|Complementary Studies (COST)||Fall or Winter (Optional)2|
1 Session will be assigned on the basis of the course group selected.
2 Note that although a COST option may be taken at this time, it is not required in your first year. If a complementary course is added, the grade for the course will be included in the program placement GPA. You are welcome to see an advisor in the Engineering Undergraduate Studies office for additional details on how taking an option in first year will affect you. View complementary studies (COST) options.
The ten technical first year engineering courses are scheduled in "course groups." Each first-year student coming directly from high school will be registered in one of the four course blocks by staff in the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office. Students will not have to go through the process of registering for lecture, tutorial or laboratory sections in these technical courses. This will ensure that enrolment numbers in the four course blocks are balanced and that spaces in all four blocks remain available for upper-year or transfer students who may need to register in one or more first-year courses.
A student will normally not be permitted to change the course block in which he or she is registered. For example, the following will not be accepted as reasons for changes: a desire to be in the same class sections as your friends; a desire to choose particular instructors for certain courses; a desire to avoid class sections at certain times of day. The Schulich School of Engineering regrets this restriction of students' choices, but the restriction is necessary to ensure that all students in engineering degree programs who need first-year courses are able to take all of the courses they need without timetable conflicts.
Exception! Students admitted without having completed Mathematics 31 or equivalent MUST contact the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office, Schulich School of Engineering as soon as they accept their offer of admission, so that the office staff can help them to replace AMAT 217 with MATH 249 and MATH 117.
We encourage you to contact the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office for any questions related specifically to your first-year registration in Engineering.
First-year students who participate in a varsity or national sports team may choose to spread their first-year courses over two years without penalty. Contact the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office for more information. Athletes should not reduce their first-year course load before getting advice from this office.
An engineering undergraduate degree may be combined with other undergraduate degree program; therefore all of its programs offer minors and joint degrees with other faculties at the university. For instance, a Minor in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (MEED) is offered in collaboration with the Haskayne School of Business. Students should consult the engineering website or contact the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office for more information.
We encourage you to contact the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office for any questions related specifically to your first-year registration in Engineering.
Once you have been registered in the 10 technical courses, you may choose to add one complementary studies (COST) option that fits in your schedule. It is not required that you take a COST option in your first year but if added, the grade for the COST course will be included in your program placement GPA. Considerations: A strong grade in the COST course can be beneficial to the final GPA but the extra course work may negatively impact your overall performance in a term. You are welcome to consult an advisor in the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office for further details on how this decision will affect you. View complementary studies (COST) options.
Students who were offered early admission will be placed in their courses in time to add a COST option using their online Student Centre during their enrolment appointment time if they choose to do so. Although the best efforts will be made to register students in their ten technical courses as quickly as possible, no guarantee can be given that it will happen before their enrolment appointment time. These students need to wait for their registration confirmation from the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office before they will be able to register in a complementary studies option.
A complete online schedule of your courses, lectures, labs and seminars is accessed through your online Student Centre (via myUofC). When you are in your Student Centre click on "My Class Schedule" and then click on the relevant term: Fall 2013 or Winter 2014. You can then click on "weekly calendar view."
Students entering first-year Engineering with credit for one or more first-year courses (for example, students transferring from other colleges or universities, students changing faculties within the University of Calgary, or high-school students with applicable IB or AP credit) have the option to choose whether to accept the credit(s) or re-take the course(s). To accept a credit the student simply needs to drop the course from their schedule through their online Student Service Centre (via myUofC). (You may view your transfer credit by logging into your online Student Centre and selecting "Transfer credit: report" from the "other academic" drop down menu. Once you know the transfer credit you have received you may contact the advisors in the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office to get advice on course selection. Students are reminded that credits cannot be posted until the official IB, AP, or post-secondary transcripts have been received by the University of Calgary.)
It is important to ensure that a full time schedule of at least 3 courses per term is maintained to be in good standing as per Schulich School of Engineering regulations.
Once you are registered in your courses, you are automatically subscribed to the engineering mailing list and will be regularly receiving important announcements from the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office. Please make sure you are signed up for your ucalgary.ca email address and that you check it regularly for important messages. Email addresses from hotmail.com gmail.com or similar providers are not recommended as important notices may not be received. Students are responsible for activating their University of Calgary IT username and email account via the UCIT website.
The Schulich School of Engineering Undergraduate Studies Committee meets every May to review the academic performance of Engineering students. It is important that you understand how this review works so that you know what criteria and grade point average is required to maintain good academic standing throughout your degree.
Students are advised to read and consider all regulations and, if you have any concerns to consult the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office. You can find this information in the Schulich section of the University Calendar and also in the Academic Regulations section of this Calendar.
In your first year of engineering, you will be entered into a common program that all first-year engineering students are required to take. At the end of your first year, you will select a program (major). Information about the selection process will be emailed to you in March 2014. Program selection is competitive, with the most popular programs changing from year to year.
In order to be in the best position for being admitted into your top program choice, you should aim to have the 10 first year technical courses successfully completed by the end of your first winter semester.
All students who have completed first year and are in good academic standing are guaranteed a place in a program but all are not guaranteed a place in their first choice of program. If more students choose a particular program than there are spaces available, the decisions are made on the basis of academic performance and GPA. Priority is assigned as described in the Priority Placement Chart. Priority for program placement is determined in May of each year.
Depending on the competition of the particular year's admission cycle, transfer applicants may be considered for admission directly to a degree program (e.g. Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, etc.) in second year if they are awarded transfer credit for at least eight University of Calgary engineering first-year technical courses. If you believe you are eligible for program placement, you can make your program choices through the internal Engineering Program Sign-Up system (found in the MyUofC portal) in May 2013. Information about this process is sent by email in April 2014.This sign-up overrides your initial online application program choice(s). Please contact the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office for more information.
Internship: Graduate ahead of the competition with 12 – 16 months of work experience when you participate in our internship program.
Be a leader: The Maier Student Leadership Program is a unique and timely means of preparing students to be society's leaders of tomorrow.
Internationalize your degree: Experience different cultures, gain a better understanding of world issues, and travel around the globe, all while earning credit towards your degree. The University of Calgary offers exchanges and study abroad programs in more than two dozen different countries.
Join a team or club: Clubs and teams on campus are diverse. Build a car, plane, concrete toboggan, or get involved in humanitarian engineering initiatives.
Learn outside of the classroom: The $500,000 Schulich Activities Fund will support up to 50% of the cost of field trips (or 75% for international travel) that enhance the engineering educational experience of undergraduate or graduate students in the Schulich School of Engineering. Applications to the fund are accepted three times a year.
Co-Curricular Record: Have your out-of-classroom experiences such as volunteer work, leadership training and club involvement documented on a Co-Curricular Record, an official document sanctioned by the University of Calgary. The Co-Curricular Record is the first of its kind in Western Canada.
Community Service-Learning: Combine your classroom learning with volunteer work that achieves community goals, and see first-hand how your academic learning relates to social issues.