Academic Calendar 2022/23

Engineering Physics

Engineering Physics diploma in Mechatronics

Note: This program is unavailable until Fall 2023.

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

The program itself contains 60–64 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

Under review.

When to apply

Applications are not currently being accepted for this program.

How to apply

Apply online at

Basis for admission decision

Entrance to the program is on a first-come first-served basis; however, students must have met the above entrance requirements in order to be accepted into the program.

International students who do not have the stated prerequisite courses (or their transfer equivalent) 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 who 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 the current UFV international student semester rate (see International Tuition & Fees) for four semesters. Domestic students will pay the standard rate (see the Fees and Other Costs section).

Program duration

The Engineering Physics diploma in Mechatronics is two years in duration. However, students meeting the program requirements over a longer time period will also be allowed to graduate. Students are assumed to take at least four courses per semester for the four semesters of the diploma.


Most courses are offered in Abbotsford. Courses may also be offered at the Chilliwack and Mission campuses.

Program outline

Note: This program is unavailable until Fall 2023. Program requirements are under review. Interested students should check with the department for details.

It is recommended that students take the following required course before the start of the program:

Course Title Credits
COMP 150 Introduction to Programming 4
or COMP 152 Introduction to Structured Programming  

The following are the courses required for the program, as well as a sample schedule of how the courses will normally be taken.

Semester I (Fall): 14 credits

Course Title Credits
ENGR 210 Circuit Analysis 4
MATH 211 Calculus III 3
PHYS 221 Intermediate Mechanics (see Note) 4
PHYS 231 Thermodynamics 3

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

Semester II (Winter): 13–14 credits

Course Title Credits
ENPH 310 Electronics I 4
PHYS 232 Experimental Methods in Physics (see Note) 3
ENGR 257/ PHYS 381/ MATH 381 Mathematical Physics 3
Plus: One course from the Elective options tables below 3–4

Note: Students who completed PHYS 232 as a two-credit course should note that this diploma requires a minimum of 60 credits, and select their electives accordingly.

Semester III (Fall): 15–17 credits

Course Title Credits
ENGR 100 Production in Practice (see Note) 1
ENPH 320 Electronics II 4
ENGR 330 Automatic Control Systems 4
Plus: Two courses from the Elective options tables below 6–8

Note: Although ENGR 100 is listed as a Fall course (students register for it in Fall), it will be offered at the end of the previous Summer semester (late August).

Semester IV (Winter): 14–15 credits

Course Title Credits
ENGR 340 Micro-Processors and Embedded Systems 4
ENGR 350 Sensors and Actuators 4
ENPH 390 Mechatronics (formerly ENGR 390) 3
Plus: One course from the Elective options tables below 3–4

Elective courses

Students must choose four elective courses from the tables below. Additional electives may be accepted upon approval by the Engineering Physics Diploma Committee.

For students completing the diploma only, the electives on the following list are recommended:

Course Title Credits
One of: 3
CMNS 125 Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences (see Note 1)  
CMNS 235 or higher Any CMNS course numbered 235 or higher (see Note 1)  
ENGL 105 Academic Writing (see Note 1)  
ENGR 113 Engineering Physics — Statics & Dynamics 4
ENGR 152/ MATH 152 Linear Algebra for Engineering (see Note 2) 3–4
or MATH 221 Linear Algebra (see Note 2)  
MATH 270/ STAT 270 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4
PHYS 225 Waves and Introductory Optics 3
PHYS 325 Fluid Mechanics 3
PHYS 382 Modern Physics Laboratory I 3
PHYS 393 Computational Physics I 3
PHYS 402 Advanced Optics 3
PHYS 408 Special Topics in Physics 3

Note 1: Only one CMNS course or ENGL 105 may be counted as an elective.

Note 2: Only one of MATH 152/ENGR 152 or MATH 221 may be counted as an elective.

The electives on the following additional list are accepted for the diploma, but are only recommended for students pursuing both the diploma and Physics major:

Course Title Credits
COMP 155 Object-oriented Programming 4
MATH 255/ ENGR 255 Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHYS 311 Statistical Physics 3
PHYS 312 Intermediate Electromagnetism 3
PHYS 321 Advanced Mechanics 3
PHYS 351 Quantum Mechanics 3
PHYS 412 Advanced Electromagnetism 3
PHYS 455 Solid State Physics 3
PHYS 481 Advanced Mathematical Methods of Physics 3

Program continuance

To remain in the program, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00, calculated on all courses applied to the diploma.

Student who drop below the minimum GPA 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 higher) 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. Where a course has been repeated, only the higher grade is counted in the GPA calculation.


Readmission 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 minimum semester GPA of 2.00 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 ENGR 100 and ENPH 390 (formerly ENGR 390), plus four of the required upper-level (300- or 400-level) Physics, Engineering, or Engineering Physics courses, at UFV (not including elective courses).

Graduation requirements

Students are responsible for ensuring they are eligible to graduate, and should regularly consult with an Academic Advisor. To be eligible to graduate, students must have completed all required courses and the four electives with a minimum GPA of 2.00, calculated on all the program courses.

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 readmission 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.

Students must apply for graduation in the first month of their final semester. Visit the Graduation webpage for more information. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year, with all program requirements completed by April 30.

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 must 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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