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Admission

Application for admission to the Engineering program must be made through an online application form no later than January 15. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all supporting documents, including official transcripts, are submitted to Enrolment Services by the deadlines provided following the submission of an application, otherwise the application will not be considered.

Due to limited resources, the Faculty has been authorized to restrict enrolment in first-year engineering, and within individual engineering programs at the second-year level. Attainment of the minimum academic requirements listed below means that the applicant is eligible for selection, but does not provide assurance of admission. The selection is based on academic standing. For most engineering programs, the competition for places is such that standing above the minimum prescribed requirements is necessary to ensure admission.

The attention of applicants is drawn to the importance of mathematics as a preparation for engineering courses. Experience has shown that UBC students with grades below 65% in mathematics (below B at a college) are likely to have difficulty with many engineering courses.

Admission from BC/Yukon Grade 12 (or equivalent)

In addition to satisfying university admission requirements, applicants must have completed mathematics, physics, and chemistry at the BC Grade 12-level, or the equivalent. Students applying to the Biomedical Engineering program must also have completed Grade 12 Biology or equivalent. Students will be selected on the basis of their standing in Grade 12 courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and English. Applicants from schools where either Physics 12 or Chemistry 12 is not available may petition to be excused this deficiency. Candidates not having grade 12 Physics may still apply. A strong background in alternative grade 12 science courses1 and/or additional preparation in mathematics2 will be considered an asset in such cases, and will be used by the Faculty in conjunction with the personal profile statement to assess the candidate’s preparedness for an engineering program. Candidates deemed outstanding by the Faculty may be admitted. Successful candidates lacking an admissions requirement would need to address any such deficiencies, either in the summer before commencing at UBC or by completing a modified first year program extending into the summer following first year, before proceeding with a second year program.

UBC is prepared to offer early admission to secondary school students graduating in June based on interim or projected final grades submitted by the schools.

In addition to high academic standards, the Faculty recognizes the benefits of previous technical work, advanced academic preparation1,2, and extracurricular activities. The UBC application process includes a personal profile statement in which the applicant will have the opportunity to provide additional information. For the most up-to-date information on the application process, see Personal Profile and Direct Entry from BC High Schools.

The personal profile statement, in conjunction with academic records, will be used by the Faculty in selecting a portion of the students entering engineering.

1e.g., Biology 12, Geography 12, Computer Science 12, or equivalent
2e.g., Calculus 12

Admission from a Post-Secondary Institution

Applicants from another faculty at UBC or another post-secondary institution may be considered for admission to the engineering program of the Faculty of Applied Science. An overall average of at least 65%, including any failed courses, is required. The overall average is calculated in accordance with the general admission requirement for undergraduate applicants from a college or university.

Applicants must also have an average of at least 70% in all chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses which transfer to the first-year engineering program. Courses to be considered in this average of mathematics, chemistry, and physics courses are not limited to the last 30 credits only. Where two courses, or one repeated course, have been taken which transfer to one of the courses of the first-year engineering program, only the grade of the latest course will be used in calculating this average.

Admission to the engineering program is competitive. Applicants who meet all of these criteria are not guaranteed admission.

Applicants with less than 24 transferable credits from a post-secondary institution are evaluated against both secondary and post-secondary admission criteria.

Applicants with more than 26 credits of transfer credit in first-year engineering may be eligible for second-year engineering. Advice on transfer credit is available from the Dean's Office, Engineering Student Services. Deficiencies from first-year must be completed prior to graduation.

Students admitted to second year must complete a Second Year Program Preference Form by June 15.

Exemptions are given for courses in first-year Applied Science for the following courses normally taken in first-year Science at UBC:

Exemptions for Applied Science

Course Exemption
CHEM 121 and 123 CHEM 154
PHYS 101 and 102 PHYS 157, PHYS 158, PHYS 159

The following courses, which can be taken as electives in first-year Science, also give the exemptions indicated:

Exemptions for Science

Course Exemption
MATH 221 or 223 MATH 152
PHYS 216 PHYS 170

MATH 221, or equivalent, is required for students wishing to enter the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

Successful completion of UBC Science One provides transfer credit for first-year engineering for CHEM 154, MATH 100, MATH 101, and PHYS 157, PHYS 158, and PHYS 159.

Applicants with less than 25 transfer credits in engineering will normally enter first-year engineering and take a program similar to the one described in the table, Typical Transfer Program Following First-Year Science. They will normally require four years following first-year Science to complete their engineering programs.

Transition from UBC Vantage College Engineering Stream

The Faculty of Applied Science delivers engineering programs at both UBC campuses: Okanagan and Vancouver. The Faculty has reserved space for all UBC Vantage College Engineering stream students to be able to transition to a second year program. Half of the reserved spaces are located on the Okanagan campus, and the other half are located at the Vancouver campus.

UBC Vantage College students who pass all courses in the Engineering stream with an average of at least 60% will be eligible for year two of the B.A.Sc. degree program.

Program selection is competitive, and all students will be asked to rank both their preferred campus and their eligible program1. Academic performance at the end of the Winter Session and a personal statement are considered in placing students into programs in second year.

Students who do not successfully complete the full UBC Vantage College Engineering stream or who achieve an average lower than 60% in the full program can apply to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for evidence of academic promise for continued study in Engineering at UBC.

The UBC Vantage College Engineering stream is not equivalent to the direct entry B.A.Sc. first year program. Therefore, while successful completion of the Vantage College Engineering stream will result in eligibility for second year standing, there are program requirements normally completed in first year that will not have been met and that must be completed prior to graduation. Please consult here for details on Vancouver Engineering programs and here for details on Okanagan Engineering programs.

1Eligible programs include: Okanagan Campus: Electrical, Mechanical, and Civil Engineering. Vancouver Campus: Chemical, Chemical and Biological, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Geological, Integrated, Materials, and Mining Engineering.

Admission from UBC Engineering Transfer Programs

Students who have completed first-year engineering at a college offering a UBC transfer program are eligible to be considered for admission to second-year engineering provided that they have obtained an overall grade point average of at least 2.8. Students transferring into the second year of the Biomedical Engineering program who have not completed all required first year BME courses may be required to complete first year course work during second year.

Admission Following Two-Year Technology Diploma Programs

Students are eligible to be considered for admission if they have completed an appropriate two-year technology diploma program with an overall average of at least 70%. Admission is normally into first-year engineering.

Camosun Bridging Program

Students with a two-year diploma in Civil, Mechanical or Mining Technology will be admitted to third year of the B.A.Sc. program in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Mining Engineering upon successful completion of the Engineering Bridging program offered by Camosun College. Applications for entry into the Bridging program are considered on an individual basis and approval for admission must be obtained from both the Faculty of Applied Science and Camosun College before registering in any of the bridging courses. Students may be required to take additional first- or second-year UBC courses to make up deficiencies.

UBC-Langara Aboriginal Transfer Partnership (ATP)

To be eligible to transfer to UBC through this partnership, Aboriginal students must meet the general requirements for admission as a post-secondary transfer student (above) as well as the following specific requirements:

  • Successful completion of the Engineering Transfer Program with a GPA of 2.8 or better over a 24-month period ending no later than April 30 preceding September entry.
  • Successful completion of the ATP Transition Plan offered by Langara in collaboration with UBC.

Page last updated: March 13, 2017

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