Find out about engineering programs in Alberta, including transfer opportunities
Become an Engineer
Several Alberta institutions offer courses to help you transfer into one of the province's two engineering programs. Find out more about program requirements and transfer options.
University of Alberta & University of Calgary Engineering Programs
Both the Universities of Alberta (UAlberta) and Calgary (UCalgary) offer undergraduate degree programs in Engineering. The first year of the programs is similar but not identical. A transfer student may obtain complete or partial credit towards first year depending on the courses selected and the university to which admission is sought.
Students should plan their programs carefully and in consultation with the academic advisor at the institution in which they begin their first year. First year program requirements at the two universities are indicated below. In instances where there is a course entry for both UofA and UofC, the courses are treated as equivalent. Please also note the footnotes below.
1. UofC offers an Engineering Dynamics course, ENGG 349, in second year. It is required for 5 of 7 UofC programs. UofC’s ENGG 349 is equivalent to UofA’s EN PH 131.
2. A grade of at least B- is required in UofC’s MATH 211 to receive degree credit for UofA’s MATH 102.
3. UofC offers an equivalent course, PHYS 369, as part of the second year program. It is required in all but Chemical and Oil and Gas programs at UofC, and is an acceptable Science Option in the regular Chemical Engineering program. Credit wil not be granted for PHYS 365 which is a required course for Electrical Engineering at UofC.
4. UofA offers an equivalent course, PHYS 230, as part of the second year program. It will be accepted as equivalent to PHYS 259 at UofC. Students transferring to Electrical Engineering at UofC must complete PHYS 259 or equivalent before UofC classes start in the fall or registration will be cancelled. Students admitted to the other 6 programs must take PHYS 259 before entering third year at UofC. Students transferring to Civil, Mining, Computer Process Control option in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering programs at UofA cannot receive degree credit for UofC’s PHYS 259 or UofA’s PHYS 230.
5. Students completing UofC’s ENGG 200 will receive credit for ENGG 100/101 at UofA.
6. Complementary studies electives in first year are courses selected from the humanities (excluding languages) or social sciences. At the UofC English courses are acceptable. At UofA an English course can replace the complementary studies elective in first year but does not reduce the total number of complementary studies electives required in a degree program. This course will earn degree credit for the English course which is a required course beyond first year.
7. Students completing UofC’s MATH 275 and 277 will receive transfer credit for MATH 100 and 101 at the UofA. Students earning this transfer credit will be required to take MATH 209 at UofA.
8. Completion of MATH 267 and block week course MATH 177 will be required.
University Transfer Engineering Programs
The first year of engineering programs are offered at Grande Prairie Regional College, MacEwan University, Keyano College, Medicine Hat College, Red Deer College and the University of Lethbridge. The following two charts show how courses at these institutions transfer to the Engineering Programs at UofA and UofC.
Admission to the Schulich School of Engineering is limited and based on the grade point average (GPA) of courses that are transferable to University of Calgar. The admission GPA varies depending on the number of spaces available in the degree program to which the student has applied. Students who have completed eight of the ten technical first year courses will be considered for transfer into second year and directly into an area of specialization1. Admission of transfer students to degree programs is competitive and the GPA necessary for admission will be different for each program and may also differ from one year to the next.
*The University of Lethbridge does not currently have an Engineering Transfer program to UofC; students interested in transferring from UofL should contact the Schulich School of Engineering at UofC.
1. Transfer students are not required to complete the complementary studies elective to be admissible to second year and a degree program. Acceptable complementary studies courses are those transferable to UofC in the humanities (excluding languages) or social sciences. English courses are acceptable. See a list of acceptable complementary studies courses.
2. ENGG 349 is a 2nd year course and is required for 5 of 7 UofC programs. It is NOT applicable for Electrical or Software Engineering.
3. Completion of MATH 267 and block week course MATH 177 will be required.
4. Students who complete the college course equivalent to UofA’s PHYS 130 will receive credit for UofC’s PHYS 369. It is required in all but Chemical and Oil and Gas programs at UofC, and is an acceptable Science Option in the regular Chemical Engineering program. Credit will not be granted for PHYS 365 which is required for the Electrical Engineering program at UofC.
5. Students admitted to Electrical Engineering must complete PHYS 259 or equivalent before UofC classes start in the fall. If they do not, their registration will be cancelled. Students admitted to the other 5 programs must take PHYS 259 before entering 3rd year at UofC.