Common First Year Program

On your first day of engineering at the U of A, you'll be joining a diverse group of students from all over the world.  You'll be among the best and brightest minds and will be given excellent opportunities for academic and personal growth.

Your first year will establish the courses for your future as an engineer. The curriculum is designed to give you a solid foundation and introduce you to the vast opportunities available in engineering. You'll not only increase your academic capacity, you'll also discover how you can shape the future.

Entrance into our Common First Year Program or Qualifying Year Program, is based on your overall average from 5 courses: English 30-1, Math 30-1, Math 31, Physics 30, and Chemistry 30. A complete course equivalents listing is available for students who completed high school outside of Alberta. The minimum admission average for Alberta students applying for Fall 2014 admission is 85.0% calculated on the five subjects listed above.  All students who meet or exceed their provincial admissions average are encouraged to apply for admission before the March 1 application deadline.

Choosing Your Program Specialization

Admission to all second year program specialization and degree routes is determined through a competitive process based on student preference, grade point average (GPA), and course load, calculated at the end of your first year.

For more information on choosing your program specialization, click here.

Engineering Co-op Program

The Co-operative Education in Engineering Program allows you to experience paid engineering work experience while completing your degree. The Co-op program requires five years compared to the traditional four-year program. With the additional time, you gain 5, four-month work experience terms. During your work terms, you are treated as a full-time employee in a position related to your field of study and will get to work under the supervision of other engineers.

Our Co-op program is the second-largest in Canada, with more than 1,400 placements annually. Students and our partners in industry and government benefit because:

  • Our energetic, knowledgeable students can meet the employers’ needs.
  • Our students understand the importance and relevance of work experience.
  • The Co-op department staff make it easy to match employers and students.

Some international students are allowed to participate in the Co-op program.

Visit the Engineering Co-op site.


Program Specializations

As a student in the Faculty of Engineering, you can choose from the following 21 Degree program specializations:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering: Biomedical*
  • Chemical Engineering: Computer Process Control*
  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil Engineering: Biomedical*
  • Civil Engineering: Environmental*
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Engineering: Nanoscale System Design*
  • Computer Engineering: Software*
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering: Biomedical*
  • Electrical Engineering: Nanoengineering*
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Physics: Nanoengineering*
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Engineering: Biomedical*
  • Materials Engineering: Nanotechnology and Functional Materials* 
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering: Biomedical*  
  • Mining Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering 

For more information on 21 Degree program specializations please consult our Engineering Viewbook (2.0 MB PDF).

*Offered subject to student demand.