First year FAQs

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Understanding everything about our engineering programs can be difficult. We want to help answer your questions and learn all the tips and tricks. 

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You will receive a Welcome email once you have accepted your offer and we will add you to our D2L > Engineering Student Centre site. This will provide you with the majority of information you need. However, if you have questions or concerns you can email and advisor at

All first year students must complete the same set of 10 common core courses. To ensure everyone gets access to all of their first year courses, and to eliminate the possibility of time-table conflicts between your courses and labs, we have created four different blocks for first-year students to choose from (block 1, 2, 3 and 4). Each block offers the courses you are required to take in first year at slightly different times. It is important to ensure you select a block and take only the course times listed for that block. 

Yes. You can use schedule builder to view the various schedules for the different blocks before you enroll in your courses. 

Choose one of the four blocks and then use schedule builder to view the various schedules. Once you have selected the block you prefer, simply enroll in the courses listed one at a time. Make sure to use the lecture number and lab numbers that correspond with the block you selected.

You must register into the same block for your fall and winter courses. This ensures you do not miss any of your mandatory common core courses.

We would advise against taking more than 10 courses in your first year. If you are seeking more opportunities to expand your learning outside the classroom, we encourage you to consider some of our extra-curricular activities or participating in our Engineering Leadership Program.

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) using the Schedule Builder tool as accessed from the portal. 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. Students who have received MATH 251 IB or AP credit should contact the Engineering Student Centre as soon as possible so an advisor can adjust their registration into an alternate Mathematics route. 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.

Please use the information found in D2L > Engineering Student Centre > Content > First year Engineering Resources > Transfer credits > Credits from IB or AP courses to know whether or not it is best to accept your credit.

Students can register themselves through the "myUofC" portal (Student Centre) via the “Schedule Builder” tool as accessed from the portal. Information and assistance with registration will be provided by staff in the Engineering Student Centre via emails and in D2L. Please ensure that you set up a email account so that you receive these emails. 

Registration in first-year courses cannot begin until students have accepted their offer of admission through the "myUofC" portal (Student Centre), and finalize their admission acceptance by paying the $500 Admission Confirmation Deposit. As enrolment in the Schulich School of Engineering is limited, you must accept your offer of admission and pay the Admission Confirmation Deposit by the deadline provided in your admission letter. The sooner you accept the offer and pay the deposit the earlier registration can be completed.

You can choose which block to register for and use schedule builder to view various schedules when you enroll in your courses. We reserve the right to adjust your schedule if you have not registered within a block.

A course is the term we use to describe a class that you are taking. Each course represents a number of credits taken towards your degree. For instance, a single term course might represent 3 credits while a full-year course might represent 6 credits. Tuition is based on the number of overall credits you are taking each term.

Schulich does not offer our restricted courses ahead of your active start within our program which is the fall term. If you choose to take an equivalency course or a complementary course, you will need a C- or better to receive a credit.

Although a COST option may be taken at this time, it is not required in your first year. If a complementary studies course is added, the additional course load may impact overall success in courses. 

We offer a bioengineering summer institute for students who are accepted into engineering with high school biology. This 4-week course each August is for students who are passionate about biology and bio-engineering. This course is in addition to first-year common core.

Yes, the bio-engineering summer institute is still being held this summer. Details on the format for the course will be provided to students enrolled in the program closer to the start date.  

Our student cost estimator can calculate expenses for a first-year student based on our 2020-2021 fee chart.  The complete list of University of Calgary undergraduate fees can be found here.

A complete online schedule of your courses, lectures, labs and seminars is accessed through your online Student Centre (My UofC Portal). Open up the Academic tab on top and click on “My Class Schedule” under the Courses tab at the left. In "My Class Schedule" click on the relevant term: fall 2019 or winter 2020. You can then click on "weekly calendar view." Some labs will run every second week, so it’s important to check your schedule for multiple weeks.


Chemical engineers convert raw materials into valuable products, or separate complex mixtures into their constituent components. Program details here.

Civil engineering involves the conception, design, construction, operation, maintenance and management of many structures and systems vital to the public. Program details here.

Electrical engineers explore and develop new and innovative technologies through the research and manipulation of electrical phenomena. Program details here.

Geomatics engineering is an information technology discipline that deals with the acquisition, modeling, analysis and management of spacial data. Program details here.

Mechanical engineers research, design, test, develop and construct various mechanical devices. Program details here.

Oil and gas engineering involves the production of oil and gas in an economical and environmentally safe manor. Program details here.

Software engineers use their specialized knowledge to develop, install, validate, and maintain software systems. Program details here.

We also offer a series of minors which can be taken in combination with your chosen major. Minors allow you to grow your skills beyond our regular programs. Find out more about our different minors here.

You apply for your major in the winter term of your first year.

Entrance into our upper-year programs is based on your grades and your program preference. We offer guaranteed first choice of program if you complete your entire first year and earn a B average (3.0 out of 4.0) or higher in all of your 10 common core courses.

Student on internship
Student on internship

Yes. Our Engineering Career Practicum is paid summer work term for engineering students who have completed their first or second year of engineering. The program includes career readiness training and access to an exclusive summer jobs board for engineering students. Work terms are all paid and they can vary from 10 to 16 weeks between May 1 and August 31.

You have to be a first-year or second-year engineering student, be in good standing with a GPA equal or above 2.0 and have applied to our Engineering Career Practicum through CareerLink by the application deadline. You will also need to complete an online career readiness course that will help you develop your resume, improve your interview skills and teach you how to successfully navigate the job board. There is a $250 fee to cover administration costs for running the program.

Our Engineering Internship Program is more extensive than a generic co-op programs offered elsewhere. You spend 12 to 16 months with an employer gaining valuable paid work experience instead of shifting between shorter 4-month work terms and your classes. You also get to choose which jobs to apply for, with placements available locally and globally. And our use of job boards, applications and interviews gives you experience applying for jobs after graduation. In addition to the internship program we also offer our Engineering Career Practicum where you can also have shorter 10 to 16-week paid summer work terms after first and second year. It’s like having access to both co-op and internships.

Yes, all internships are paid. The average engineering intern earned $55,000 a year in 2018.

Your internship takes place between your third and fourth year of engineering. You apply for internship in your third year, applying for jobs of interest and selecting the job offer that is right for you. Our career advisors are there to assist you throughout the process. More internship questions answered here.

You must have completed all courses required for the first three years of your engineering degree to participate in our internship program.

You must be registered as an undergraduate full-time student and be in good academic standing – with a GPA of at least 2.0 during the past academic year.

You must return to the Schulich School of Engineering as a full-time student after completing your internship for a minimum of one full-time semester.

If you don’t meet these requirements, you can still apply for internship. You would be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

More internship questions answered here.

Clubs and teams

Our Engineering Leadership Program is an optional program open to all engineering students. It takes place outside of regular school hours and is in addition to your course-load. The program is offered in three levels and you can choose to complete as many as you like. The highly subsidized program has a registration fee of $15.

Our Engineering Leadership Program is an optional program open to all engineering students. It takes place outside of regular school hours and is in addition to your course-load. The program is offered in three levels and you can choose to complete as many as you like. The highly subsidized program has a registration fee of $15.

We offer a variety of engaging student clubs and teams as well as makerspaces to support your own projects. You can sign up for volunteer programs and extra-curricular activities in the fall once classes begin. Find out more here.

You can register for clubs and teams in the fall once classes resume. A great place to keep up on events taking place at the Schulich School of Engineering is our online events calendar

Each year we distribute up to $500,000 to help students enhance their engineering education. SSAF supports teams and clubs preparing for competition, student conferences, international experiences and more. Learn more here.

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Orientation is scheduled for September 3 and 4th, 2020. More details on this site.

The university continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and we expect to have a decision on the fall term before the end of May. We want to assure everyone that the fall term will be held – we are just running scenarios to determine the final format for the fall term.

Our decision will be determined by physical distancing requirements and health guidelines for COVID-19 as well as ensuring instructors can deliver rich learning experiences and for all students to advance their education.

We recognize that uncertainty about the future can be very stressful but we want to ensure we make the very best decision for our whole community. Thank you for your patience.