Use this information to confirm your Degree Requirements, review your core courses, and choose your humanities and social sciences elective. Visit the UBC Course Schedule to browse courses, save them to a worklist, or view them in a timetable.
The first-year engineering program consists of a Standard Timetable (STT), a 3 credit Humanities and Social Science elective, and a 3 credit English/Communication course. The STT will include the majority of courses required for your first-year program.
A maximum of 3 credits in a language course can be used towards your degree requirements.
|Course||Credit||Title||Included in STT?|
|APSC 100||3||Introduction to Engineering I||Yes|
|APSC 101||3||Introduction to Engineering II||Yes|
|APSC 160||3||Introduction to Computation in Engineering Design||Yes|
|CHEM 154||3||Chemistry for Engineering||Yes|
|WRDS 150*||3||Strategies for University Writing or Engineering Communication|
*WRDS 150 or equivalent (ENGL 100, 110, 111 or 112)
|MATH 100||3||Differential Calculus||Yes|
|MATH 101||3||Integral Calculus||Yes|
|MATH 152||3||Linear Systems||Yes|
|PHYS 157||3||Introductory Physics for Engineers I||Yes|
|PHYS 158||3||Introductory Physics for Engineers II||Yes|
|PHYS 159||1||Introductory Physics Laboratory for Engineers||Yes|
|PHYS 170||3||Mechanics 1||Yes|
|Complementary Studies Electives|
|Humanities or Social Science Elective||3||One course totalling 3 credits of a humanities and social science elective. This is a non-scientific and non-technical course that is generally found in the Faculty of Arts. It is recommended that you select a 100-level course. If you are intending to pursue a minor in your third year, consider taking courses that might be applicable to the minor program. Please see Complementary Studies for further details and exceptions.||No|
The complete standard First Year Engineering curriculum consists of 37 credits
As part of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board requirements, you must complete courses from each of the following Complementary Studies categories.
|Professional Ethics, Equity and Law||2||APSC 450||Civil and Geological engineering students will take CIVL 402 and Biomedical engineering students will take BMEG 455.|
|Communication||6||WRDS 150, or equivalent (ENGL 100, 101, 111 or 112), & APSC 201, or program equivalent||Students will take WRDS 150, or equivalent (ENGL 100, 101, 111 or 112), in Year 1 in addition to their STT. ENGL 140 does not satisfy this requirement.
WRDS 150, or its equivalent, must be taken prior to the start of Year 3. Students who do not meet this requirement will be limited to 12 credits in term 1 of their year 3 standing and no further credits until completion of the requirement. Note: Some programs contain second-year courses that require WRDS 150 as a pre-requisite, and some require successful completion of WRDS 150 prior to beginning second-year. Therefore, it is recommended that students make every effort to complete this requirement prior to the start of second year.
APSC 201, or program equivalent, is a mandatory course taken in Year 2 and is found in some upper year STTs. Please consult with your program to determine if you need to add this course to your schedule manually. Students who do not meet this requirement will be limited to 12 credits in term 1 of their year 4 standing and no further credits until completion of the requirement.
|Engineering Economics||3||BMEG 401|
|Students must take the course which corresponds with their specialization (ie: MECH students must take MECH 431). This course is built into third or fourth year STTs.
Exceptions include IGEN and GEOE students, who may take any Engineering Economics course.
|Humanities and Social Sciences Electives||6||6 Credits from the Faculty of Arts focusing on the study of people, culture and social issues||Students can take almost any course offered within the Faculty of Arts to fulfill the Humanities and Social Sciences elective requirement. Students can take a maximum of 3 credits in a language course towards fulfilling this requirement.
If you are considering a Minor in Arts, Commerce, or Entrepreneurship, you could use this opportunity to take a course that fulfills both requirements. For example, if you are considering a Minor in Commerce, ECON 101 would satisfy the Engineering Humanities and Social Sciences elective as well as one of the Minor in Commerce courses.
The following topics and courses cannot be taken to fulfill the Humanities and Social Sciences elective requirement: scientific geography courses, statistics courses, technical or scientific courses, studio/performance courses in fine arts, music and theatre, ANTH 140, ARCL 140, CLST 301, PHIL 125, PHIL 220, PSYC 218, VISA 110
To ensure a course is eligible prior to registering, please review the Humanities and Social Sciences Electives course list.
|Impact of Engineering on Society, Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship||3||APSC 261|
DES 130/ENDS 211
DES 230/ENDS 221
Approved Courses are effective as of August 2020.
|CHML and CHBE engineering students will take APSC 261 or APSC 262 which is built into their third year STT.
CIVL engineering students will take CIVL 202 or CIVL 302.
Students in other programs may take any of the listed courses.
Courses may not be offered every year. Consult the course schedule for current availability.
Program specific degree requirements are listed in the UBC Academic Calendar, and can be viewed using the links below. The information reflected in the calendar is for the current academic year. Program requirements may change between academic years due to accreditation requirements or curriculum updates. If you started your program in a prior year your degree requirements may vary slightly, we recommend that you contact your Faculty Advisor to confirm if you have questions.
Check Your Degree Requirements
UBC’s Degree Navigator will help you make informed decisions about your academic program. Degree Navigator will help you:
- View your program requirements and course list
- View course information as outlined in the UBC calendar
- Evaluate courses you have taken against your program’s requirements
- Plan hypothetical registration scenarios for future sessions
Use the ‘How To Use Degree Navigator‘ Guide to get started. Degree Navigator is accessed through the Student Service Centre (SSC).