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. An advisor will assign you to a block, and enroll you 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.

Choosing your major

Following a first year that exposes you to all of the engineering majors we offer, you enter your program of choice in your second year. Our Engineering Student Centre is here for you, helping you decide which major, and potentially minor, to pursue.  

Read more about our majors

Guaranteed program placement

We offer guaranteed first choice of program to students who successfully complete all 10 technical common-core courses in their first year. No need to apply to enter the engineering discipline you want to pursue - the choice is yours.  

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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Programming with Data (ENDG 233)

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Linear Methods I (Math 211)

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Fundamentals of Electrical Circuits and Machines (ENGG 225)

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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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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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Engineering Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ENGG 200)

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Complimentary Studies (optional)