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 for Fall 2015 admission is 85.0% and will be calculated on the five subjects listed above. For students from British Columbia, the minimum admission average is 89% and for students from Ontario and Saskatchewan the minimum admission average is 90%.

All students who meet or exceed their provincial requirements average are encouraged to apply for admission before the March 1 application deadline.


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