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Engineering Physics

Engineering Physics diploma in Mechatronics

This is an advanced two-year diploma program in Engineering Physics, specializing in Mechatronics.

The program itself contains 62-64 credits. The program is designed for students to go directly to the workplace, but also to ladder the diploma up to a UFV Bachelor of Science degree with a Physics major or even to complete an engineering degree at another institution.

Entrance requirements

  1. PHYS 112 with a minimum grade of B
  2. MATH 112 with a minimum grade of B-
  3. Students must meet at least one of the prerequisites for ENGL 105
  4. Students must have at least a CGPA of 2.0

When to apply

Admission to the program will be for the Fall semester. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process. Students are assumed to take four courses per semester for the four semesters of the diploma.

How to apply

Apply online at

Basis for admission decision

Entry is competitive. Students with the highest GPAs based on MATH 111, MATH 112, PHYS 111, and PHYS 112 at the end of April will have the first offers to enter the program.

International students, who do not have the stated prerequisite courses, will be considered for admission if suitability is determined by the Department Head in consultation with the Office of the Registrar. All students must meet the continuance level for the program.

Qualified students that are not admitted will be recorded on a wait list. When a seat is offered to a student, that student must accept the offer in a timely fashion or that seat will be offered to the next student on the wait list.

If a student has already completed courses from the diploma prior to being accepted to the diploma, the Engineering Physics Diploma Committee (EPDC) will decide if this student should be accepted to the program (creating unfilled reserved seats in some courses) or if the student should be delegated to a wait list. Effective use of university resources can be a factor in the committee’s decision.

Fees and additional costs

International students will pay $7,500 per semester for four semesters. Domestic students will pay the standard rate. For more information, please see the Fees and other costs calendar page.

Program duration and total number of credits

Duration of the program is two years; however, students meeting the program requirements over a longer time period will also be allowed to graduate.


For the first year of the program, all courses will be on the Abbotsford campus, except ENGR 100, which will be in Chilliwack at the Trades and Technology Centre campus.

Program outline

It is recommended that students take the following two courses before the start of the program:

Course Title Credits
COMP 152 Introduction to Structured Programming 4
ENGR 151 Computer-Aided Engineering Graphics 4

Other required courses:

Semester I (Fall) 12 credits

Course Title Credits
MATH 211 Calculus III 3
PHYS 221 (see Note 1) Intermediate Mechanics 4
PHYS 231 Introduction to Thermodynamics 3
PHYS 232 Experimental Methods in Physics 2

Note 1: Students with credit for ENGR 113, ENGR 152/MATH 152, and MATH 255 are not required to take PHYS 221.

Semester II (Winter) 13-14 credits

Course Title Credits
PHYS 381 Mathematical Physics 3
ENGR 210 Circuit Analysis 3
ENPH 310 Electronics I 4
Elective I Please see the elective options table below 3-4

Summer Semester: 1 credit

Course Title Credits
ENGR 100 Production in Practice 1

Semester III (Fall) 14 credits

Course Title Credits
ENPH 320 Electronics II 4
ENGR 330 Automatic Control Systems 4
ENPH 360 (formerly PHYS 392) Interfacing and Virtual Instrumentation 3
Elective II Please see the elective options table below 3-4

Semester IV (Winter) 14-15 credits

Course Title Credits
ENGR 340 Micro-Processors and Embedded Systems 4
ENGR 350 Sensors and Actuators 4
ENGR 390 Mechatronics 3
Elective III Please see the elective options table below 3-4

Elective Options

Course Title Credits
CMNS 125 Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences 3
or CMNS 235 or higher Any CMNS course numbered 235 or higher 3
or ENGL 105 Academic Writing 3
ENGR 152/MATH 152 Linear Algebra for Engineering 4
or MATH 221 Linear Algebra 3
MATH 255 Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHYS 225 Waves and Introductory Optics 3
PHYS 382 Modern Physics Laboratory I 3
PHYS 402 Advanced Optics 3

Note: Students must choose three elective courses from the Elective Options table.

Program regulations

Continuance in the program

To remain in the program, a student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all program courses.

To remain in the program, a student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses taken from the time of admission to the program.

Note: The above two calculations are the same if a student has not taken any program-specific courses prior to starting the program and does not take any additional courses outside the program while working on the diploma.

If a student drops below the minimum GPA, they will have one semester to rectify the problem. The EPDC may grant exceptions under extenuating circumstances.

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).

Course repetition

No course in the program can be taken more than twice.


Re-admission to the program is not guaranteed. Space must be available in the courses the student needs. The EPDC may choose to readmit a student who has achieved a semester GPA of at least 2.0 in a semester in which the student took at least nine credits of courses.


In addition to the standard UFV residency requirements, students must complete seven of the named Physics or Engineering Physics diploma in Mechatronics courses at UFV, in addition to ENGR 100.

Graduation requirements

Students must complete all required courses and required number of electives as specified by the program. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 computed on all the program courses.

The EPDC may override specific course requirements if they deem another course can be substituted for the course a student is missing. If the student has completed the required courses but with a GPA below 2.0, the committee can allow a student to graduate by requiring additional course(s) at a performance level determined by the committee. (Specifically, this means a student missing a course may be able to take a Directed Studies course or other designated course to meet the program requirements even if there is no room in the existing program course.)

It is possible for a student to take all courses in the program without being admitted to the program if seats reserved for diploma students were released for general admission and taken by the student. It is also possible that a student who failed to meet continuance requirements could complete the courses without meeting the re-admission requirements. In these cases the committee would determine if the student has successfully completed the graduation requirements as described above and recommend the student for graduation.

Maximum length of time to complete program

The diploma is designed to be completed in two years, and if a student is unable to complete it in that time frame there is no guarantee that there will be space in the needed courses. All courses are to be completed within five years of the start of the program.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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