Academic Calendar 2024/25


Engineering Common Core certificate

The Engineering Common Core certificate is the first year of a Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering) degree program. Upon successful completion of the program within one academic year, students are eligible to graduate with an Engineering Common Core certificate and may then complete their degree at the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, or other universities.

Students transferring to UBC, UVic, or other universities from the UFV program with the minimum required GPA may be admitted to their second-year program. Once admitted, all students, regardless of their first-year institution, then compete for seats in different specialties based on their GPA; popular specialties have higher GPA requirements than the entrance GPA.

Entrance requirements

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  2. Pre-calculus 12 with a grade of B or better.
  3. Chemistry 12.
  4. Physics 11. Physics 12 is strongly recommended.
  5. A minimum grade of C+ in English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 (see Note 1), or one of the other prerequisites for ENGL 105.

    Note 1: Students may also present English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, AP English, IB English A (standard level or higher level), or out-of-province equivalent.

  6. Note 2: Applicants who are currently completing the course requirements must submit an interim transcript with their application.

Students offered conditional admission will have their files reviewed after receipt of final grades. Those falling below the completive minimum established for that year will be offered a place in the Bachelor of Science, provided they meet the BSc entrance requirements.

Applicants must provide an email address and are expected to check their email regularly (usually starting in February). Students must respond to information sent to them in order to keep their application active.

Note 1: Due to the demand for this program, UFV students must enrol in at least 12 of the program courses in two consecutive semesters. Admitted students who do not enrol in the full program will be moved to the Bachelor of Science, provided they meet the BSc entrance requirements. Students who have already completed two or more program courses or who intend to spend two years at UFV should apply to the Bachelor of Science program instead. Students should see an Academic Advisor for more details.

Note 2: Students must be academically strong to successfully complete the Engineering Common Core certificate. This program is best suited to students with a B average or better.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.

How to apply

  1. Apply online at

    Additional documents required for a complete application:

    • Proof of B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
    • Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
  2. In the spring, applicants will be notified about attending the interview/information session.
  3. Upon admission to the program applicants will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section) and will be applied toward tuition fees.
  4. In cases where interim transcripts are submitted, an admission decision may be made conditional upon completion of academic requirements. Proof of completion of entrance requirements is due by the end of the first week in August.

Basis for admission decision

Seats will be competitively awarded based on the average of Chemistry 12, Physics 12, and Pre-Calculus 12. If these courses are not completed at the time of application, then the grades for the corresponding Grade 11 courses will be substituted. In all cases, if both the Grade 11 and 12 courses have been completed, then the better of the two grades will be used to calculate the GPA for admission. Students who do not have at least a B average in these three courses will not normally be considered for admission. Conditional admission may be granted to students with courses in progress at the time of application.

Reserved seats

Students who are admitted to the programs and register in six of the required engineering courses each semester will have reserved seats in the program's core courses. Students who are admitted but register in fewer than six courses may not claim reserved seats. Reserved seat status is only available for first-year courses and only for first-year students.

Program duration

The Engineering Common Core certificate program is one year in duration.

Program outline

The following order of courses is used so all the prerequisites can be met and the workload is relatively balanced. Students in reserved seats will have specific places reserved for them in these courses, creating a workable schedule.

Students intending to do these courses in one year without being admitted to the program should also try to follow this schedule, but variations may be necessary.

Semester I

Course Title Credits
CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry I 5
ENGL 105 Academic Writing 3
ENGR 123 Engineering Design I: Design and Drafting 4
ENGR 153 Structured Programming for Engineers 4
MATH 111 Calculus I 4
PHYS 111 Mechanics 5

Semester II

Course Title Credits
CHEM 116 Thermodynamic Aspects of General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1
CMNS 251 Professional Report Writing 3
or An approved humanities/social science elective (see Note 2)  
ENGR 113 Engineering Physics — Statics and Dynamics 4
ENGR 115 Engineering Optics 1
ENGR 124 Engineering Design II: Design and Sustainability 4
ENGR 152/ MATH 152 Linear Algebra for Engineering 4
MATH 112 Calculus II 4
PHYS 112 Electricity and Magnetism 5

Note 1: Unless stated, the minimum grade acceptable in all course prerequisites is a C-.

Note 2: Students applying to UBC-V (UBC Vancouver) should substitute CMNS 251 with a humanities/social science elective approved by UBC-V. Students should see an Academic Advisor for more information.

Note 3: Students should check with the receiving universities for the minimum GPA and other details.

Degree completion

The second, third, and fourth years of an Engineering degree are completed at UBC or UVic. Courses may also transfer to alternative institutions. Students must apply formally for admission to the destination institution.

Students may also choose to complete a Bachelor of Science degree at UFV.

Some students choose to take two years at UFV and take all required courses plus their second-year math courses and additional electives before they transfer. However, these students will be admitted to the Bachelor of Science program and will not get reserved seats.

Transfer credit

Many of the above courses transfer individually to other universities offering engineering programs. Academic Advisors should be consulted to determine the transferability of each course to the university of interest. UFV offers a number of second-year courses in math and science which also transfer individually.

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or higher) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV's Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).

Graduation requirements

It is the student's responsibility to ensure all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with an Academic Advisor.

Students must apply for graduation in the first month of their final semester. Visit the Graduation webpage for more information. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year, with all program requirements completed by April 30.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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