Common first year

Course selection

You don't have to worry what courses to pick when you start engineering. We've taken care of that for you. In your first year, you will take 10 courses in design, mathematics, science and engineering principles to prepare you for what's ahead.


We create class blocks to help you with scheduling. Once you pick a block, and enroll in the assigned courses, this allows you to share your classes with the same group of students all year. It's our way of helping you form study groups and make friends from the very beginning.

Applying for your major

Entrance into our upper-year programs is based on your grades and your program preference. In the winter term of your first year, you can work with the Engineering Student Centre to apply for your major and any minor you are also considering.  

Read more about our majors

Guaranteed program placement

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.  

We're all about hands-on learning here. We build things in our classes like drawing devices or water filtration systems. If you learn best by doing, engineering at the University of Calgary is perfect for you. 

Kurt Blais

Recent engineering graduate

Fall course list

Calculus for Engineers and Scientists (Math 275)

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Engineering Design and Communication (ENGG 200)

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Programming with Data (ENDG 233)

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Linear Methods I (Math 211)

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Behaviour of Liquids, Gasses and Solids (ENGG 201) or General Chemistry for Engineers (CHEM 209)

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Winter course list

Multivariable Calculus for Engineers and Scientists (MATH 277)

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Fundamentals of Electrical Circuits and Machines (ENGG 225)

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Engineering Statics (ENGG 202)

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Electricity and Magnetism for Engineers (PHYS 259)

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General Chemistry for Engineers (CHEM 209) or Behaviour of Liquids, Gasses and Solids (ENGG 201)

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Complimentary Studies (optional)