Engineering

Transfer options

UFV has formal agreements with both UBC and UVic to guarantee you a seamless transition to these institutions, subject to you meeting all the requirements. You can also transfer from UFV to other engineering schools, but no formal agreements are in place to expedite the transfer.

This option is for students that are interested in transferring to UBC’s Engineering program and wish to complete the first year requirements at UFV, but not through UBC’s one-year transfer program.

Requirements

Courses

Completion of at least 27 UBC credits (approximately 9 UFV credits). The courses specifically required can be found in the Course Outline. Students should also check the required courses needed for their degree- for example, UFV’s Engr 113 is a pre-requisite for many Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering courses. Failure to have that course prior to transfer would cause a year’s delay in taking key second year courses at UBC.

Time frame

There is no specified time frame. However, the schedule is made with the students using the two-year option in mind.

GPA

Unlike the one-year program, admission is not guaranteed. The competition for these seats is GPA-based and the required GPA will fluctuate from year to year.

Recently, average has been a 3.3 GPA (B+ grade). The good news is that students admitted through competitive entry usually have the grades needed to get into their first choice of specialties. Furthermore, the GPA is calculated off of the most recent 30 UBC credits (approx. 10 courses). This gives you the opportunity to redeem yourself if you have a weak first semester.

Sample two-year course plan

Students following this schedule will typically complete all their first-year and second-year math requirements prior to transfer.

Additionally, you can take classes towards a minor, in addition to your major. Or you can take some courses to explore other options. The schedule shown below has only four core courses each term, allowing you more time for study or other commitments. You can also use a variation of this schedule if you are missing a prerequisite.

Fall 1 (17 credits)
CourseTitleCredits
COMP 152 Introduction to Structured Programming 4

ENGL 105

Academic Writing 3
ENGR 122

Introduction to Engineering

1
MATH 111 Calculus I 4
PHYS 111 Mechanics

5

Winter 1 (17 credits)
CourseTitleCredits

ENGR 113

Engineering Physics — Statics & Dynamics

4

MATH 112

Calculus II 

4

MATH 152

Linear Algebra for Engineering 

4

PHYS 112

Electricity and Magnetism

5
Fall 2 (19 credits)
CourseTitleCredits

CHEM 113

Principles of Chemistry I

5

ENGR 151

Computer-Aided Engineering Graphics

4

MATH 211

Calculus III 

3

MATH 255

Ordinary Differential Equations

3

STAT 270 

Introduction to Probability and Statistics

4
Winter 2 (14 credits)
CourseTitleCredits
CHEM 114

Principles of Chemistry II

5

PHYS 381

Mathematical Physics

3

Arts Elective*

 

3

Arts Elective*

 

3


This Engineering transfer program (ETP) is for academically strong students who are ready to devote their time entirely to their studies.

Requirements

This program is challenging and only a minority attempt it.

Only apply to the ETP if you are planning to complete all 13 courses in one year.

If you know you are planning to take two years or you already have a few of the thirteen courses completed, do not apply for the ETP. Instead take a look at UBC Competitive Entry.

You are required to keep time logs of your academic work. In addition to class time, expect to spend a minimum of 40 hours of work a week, and possibly up to 70 hours during mid-terms. An ETP schedule leaves no time for part-time jobs or other out-of-school commitments.

UFV reserves seats for 24 students who intend to take all thirteen courses. Students planning to do this are given a special registration code and are referred to as “Engineering Transfer Students”.

Time Frame

UBC requires the completion of at least twelve of the thirteen courses be done in one eight-month period. This means that a maximum of one course can be done prior to the start of the program, or a maximum of one course can be dropped. Students who fail to meet the 12 course minimum are automatically considered Competitive Entry students at UBC.

GPA

2.8 GPA. This is lower than UBC’s Competitive Entry due to the intense course load.

If you complete the ETP with the required GPA, you are guaranteed admission to the Faculty of Applied Science (though not to a particular specialty — that is a separate competition).

Course outline

 Fall (26 credits)
CourseTitleCredits
CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry I 5
COMP 152 Introduction to Structured Programming 4
ENGL 105 Academic Writing 3
MATH 111 Calculus I 4
PHYS 111 Mechanics 5
ENGR 151 Computer-Aided Engineering Graphics 4
ENGR 122 Introduction to Engineering 1
Winter (25 credits)
SemesterCourseTitleCredits
  CHEM 114 Principles of Chemistry II 5
  MATH 112 Calculus II 4
  ENGR 152 Linear Algebra for Engineering 4
  PHYS 112 Electricity and Magnetism 5
  ENGR 113 Statics & Dynamics 4
  Arts Elective*   3

* The elective must transfer to the UBC Faculty of Arts. Acceptable courses include English, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, as well as Geography courses that do not have labs. Business courses and Fine Arts courses are not acceptable.


The University of Victoria accepts UFV students into their second-year program. The UVic curriculum is different from UBC's and requires different courses.

UVic offers some of the most popular Engineering specialties, including some not offered at UBC. After consideration, a large portion of our students choose to complete their Engineering degrees at UVic.

Requirements

You must complete ten courses at UFV to be guaranteed admission to UVic's Faculty of Engineering.

Time frame

No time requirement applies for the completion of the 10 courses.

GPA

The required entrance GPA is 2.33 (C+), but the GPA requirements needed for admission to the popular specialties (Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, etc.) is typically a B average, similar to UBC.

Course outline

Fall (26 credits)
CourseTitleCredits
CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry I 5
COMP 152 Introduction to Structured Programming 4
ENGL 105 Academic Writing 3
MATH 111 Calculus I 4
PHYS 111 Mechanics 5
ENGR 151 Computer-Aided Engineering Graphics* 4
ENGR 122 Introduction to Engineering 1
Winter (20 credits)
CourseTitleCredits
CMNS 251 Professional Report Writing 3
MATH 112 Calculus II 4
ENGR/MATH 152 Linear Algebra for Engineering 4
PHYS 112 Electricity and Magnetism  5
ENGR 113

Engineering Physics: Statics and Dynamics

4

Notes: 

ENGR 122 is not required by UVic, but UFV recommends it as it is the best way of learning your options for your career. Also note that UVic does not currently require ENGR 151, as they teach this course in second year, combined with a shop course.

UVic does not require Chem 114 or the Arts elective. They do require CMNS 251, a technical writing course.

Students intent on Software Enginerring are required to take Comp 155 in the Winter term.

UVic also now requires specific Engineering Design courses in first year which UFV does not currently offer. If you are UVic-bound, you will have to do these missing first-year design courses after your transfer, until UFV equivalents are designed and articulated as part of the transfer agreement. Students spending more than two semesters at UFV may choose to do additionnal courses such as Math 221, Math 255, and Stat 270 prior to transfer.


Wood science is essentially Engineering for wood. It is similar in scope and intent to a regular Engineering degree, but is administered differently.

You may complete the first year of the UBC BSc in Wood Products Processing (WPP) at UFV. The requirements of this first year are slightly different than that of the regular Engineering degrees, but they are similar enough that every year, several students originally planning on Engineering choose to go to WPP instead.

Students completing the first year of the ETP at UFV can expect direct integration into second-year BSc in Wood Products at UBC, provided they meet the UBC annually established minimum grade point average.

Course outline

Fall (20-22 credits)
 CourseTitle  Credits
CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry I 5
ENGL 105

Academic Writing

3
MATH 111 Calculus I
PHYS 111  Mechanics
Elective One course chosen from:
COMP 152, ECON 100, ECON 101, ENGR 113, ENGR 151 and PHYS 112
3-5
Winter (19-22 credits)
 CourseTitle  Credits
CHEM 114 Principles of Chemistry II 5
MATH 112 Calculus II
Electives Three courses chosen from:
COMP 152, ECON 100, ECON 101, ENGR 113, ENGR 151 and PHYS 112
10-13


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The UFV Mechatronics program was the perfect way for me to gain the hands on skill necessary to handle the design and detail work necessary for engineering. The instructors of the program personally invested to encourage me in pushing myself to complete large projects and set ambitious goals, which prepared me for continuing into further education and research.

Josha Ho—1st Year MSc Student, University of Saskatchewan

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