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Undeclared engineering and transfer students

Are you intending to pursue a BEng or BSEng degree but have yet to declare your program? This information is for you.

Program planning worksheets

First, read the How to use the program planning worksheets. (updated June 18, 2018)

Then, download your program's worksheet: (updated Aug. 23rd for Winter Session 2022/23)

If you need support with program planning, please contact your adviser.

Info sessions

An engineering program info session will help you decide which discipline to declare for your second year.

Check out these presentation slides as well as a Q&A summary of the 2022 session, held on Tuesday, March 8.

First-year engineering

The first year of the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Software Engineering programs have a common requirement in physics, mathematics, programming, design and academic writing and differ by only 1 course. In the first year, students take:

  • CHEM 150 Engineering Chemistry
  • CSC 111 Fundamentals of Programming with Engineering Applications
  • ENGR 110 Design and Communication I
  • ENGR 120 Design and Communication II
  • ENGR 130 Introduction to Professional Practice
  • ENGR 141 Engineering Mechanics
  • MATH 100 or MATH 109 Calculus I
  • MATH 101 Calculus II
  • MATH 110 Matrix Algebra for Engineers
  • PHYS 110 Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 111 Introductory Physics II
  • CSC 115 Fundamentals of Programming II – if you are pursuing a Bachelor of Software Engineering during first year, you should take this second programming course in the January-April term. To make room for this, you can take Chemistry in second year.

Common first year

The allocation of students into individual BEng and BSEng degree programs for their second year is on a competitive basis. To qualify for program declaration, you must have:

  • completed at least 12.0 units of program requirements
  • a C+ average
  • no individual course grade less than a C  

We will attempt to accommodate you in your first area of choice. However, if the demand for any program is exceeded, admission to the second year of these degree programs is based on academic performance.

Three-term option

If you are attending university for the first time, we highly recommend a three-term schedule for the first-year program. The three-term schedule allows you to consider:

  • other life commitments
  • family commitments
  • some extra-curricular
  • transition to the Victoria area
  • transition to post-secondary studies

The first year of the program can be completed over 3 terms (fall, spring & summer) or 2 terms (fall & spring). The summer term is lighter than the other terms to allow you to enjoy beautiful Victoria.

When registration starts in June, you will register in both the fall (September - December) and spring terms (January - April). For those of you planning for the three-term first year, you will register for the summer session in mid-March.

Reduced course loads

The three-term first-year program offers a reduced course load, but if you have other significant demands on your time, such as playing a sport or being a caregiver, then this may not be enough of a reduced course load.

We recommend that you meet with your program adviser to develop a custom program plan to help you achieve academic success while still meeting the demands of other life obligations.

Two years over three

 A possible further reduced course load could be pursued in the form of the two years over three planner.

Second year transfer

If you have transferred into the second year of the program, please use the engineering program planning worksheets to assist you in planning your course registration.