Transfer Students: Year 1

Getting Started

This information is for students entering first-year engineering from a post-secondary institution and have received less than 27 transfer credits applicable towards the UBC first-year engineering program

As a first-year engineering student, you will be registering using a Standard Timetable (STT). You will be completing the remainder of the first-year requirements and some upper-level requirements that are common to all programs. Refer to the Typical Transfer Program Following First-Year Science in the Academic Calendar for guidance.

General Registration

STTs are coded with prefixes to help you easily identify which STTs are appropriate for you based on your previous academic experience. Transfer Students entering first-year engineering from a post-secondary institution and have received less than 27 transfer credits applicable towards the UBC first-year engineering program will register in STTs with the prefix ‘ST’.

Create multiple worklists that include a ‘ST’ Standard Timetable (STT) and build upon the timetable by adding courses to complete the remainder of the first year requirements and other common requirements up to 30 credits in the Winter Session. Try and balance the credit load between term 1 and term 2.

The following table outlines the first-year engineering requirements. If you have been awarded transfer credits, you may be exempt from some courses.

First-Year EngineeringEquivalent Transfer Credit
APSC 100Included in STT
APSC 101Exempt if entering with CHEM 121 + 123 or CHEM 111 + 113. Contact Engineering Student Services if you have received credit for only one term of Chemistry
APSC 160APSC 160
CHEM 154**CHEM 121 + 123 or CHEM 111 + 113
WRDS 150ENGL 1st, 100, 110, 111, or 112
MATH 100MATH 100, 102*, 104*, 120, 180 or 184*
MATH 101MATH 101, 103*, 105* or 121
MATH 152MATH 221 or 223
PHYS 157, 158, & 159PHYS 117 + 118 + 119 or PHYS 107 + 108 + 109 or PHYS 101 + 102
PHYS 170Included in STT
Humanities and Social Science ElectiveSee Complementary Studies for details, and Humanities and Social Sciences Electives for course eligibility.
Students who successfully completed UBC Science One Program will typically receive an exemption towards CHEM 154**, MATH 100 and 101, and PHYS 157, 158 and 159.

*MATH 102, 103, 104, 105 or 184 will be considered for an exemption with at least a B grade.

**CHEM 154 will not satisfy the first year chemistry requirements for students entering the Bio-medical Engineering program.

Other requirements that could be completed in the first year include second-year Math courses, STAT 251, and Complementary Studies. Refer to the Academic Calendar for program specific requirements.

If you are intending to pursue a minor in third-year, consider ECON 101 for the Minor in Commerce or Entrepreneurship or a 100-level pre-requisite to the Minor in Arts or Science

IMPORTANT: ECON 1st does not satisfy the prerequisite for courses which require ECON 101 or ECON 102

Courses not available to first-year engineering students include APSC 201 and program-specific courses (i.e. CHBE, IGEN, MECH, etc.)