Engineering (Year I & II)

Engineering Core Program

In the first two years of the Bachelor of Engineering Program (BEng), all engineering students at Dalhousie University and Associate Universities must complete the Core Engineering Program. The program is made up of fundamental classes that are common to all engineering disciplines. It includes courses in math, science, engineering science and design, and a broader understanding of the engineering discipline. The program also offers first year students the opportunity to discover which of our engineering disciplines is the best fit for them.

The first year of study consists of a common set of courses for all engineering students. At the end of the first year, students can apply for placement into one of our engineering disciplines. Placement into a program is dependent on their EGPA (Engineering Grade Point Average) and first year course completion. In second year, students complete a common set of courses and engineering electives specific to their discipline placement. Dalhousie’s Core Engineering Program is taken on either our Halifax Campus or on our Agricultural campus in Truro, Nova Scotia.  Students may also complete the Engineering Core program at one of the Associated Universities.

Students who complete the Core Engineering Program at Dalhousie University (Halifax and Truro) are eligible to receive the Diploma of Engineering. Once students have completed their Engineering Core Program, all engineering students at Dalhousie University and at the Associate Universities transfer to Dalhousie’s Sexton Campus where they will transition into their discipline and can choose to combine their degree with co-operative education.

The Associated Universities are:

• Acadia University
• Cape Breton University
• Saint Mary’s University
• St. Francis Xavier University

Each of the Associated Universities establishes its own entrance requirements. Dalhousie University recognizes all of the Associated Universities and ensures proper standards of achievement by means of the Associated Universities Directors of Engineering Committee. The program at each Associated University contains courses fulfilling the minimum entrance requirements established by the Senate of Dalhousie University. Students who complete all required courses at An Associated University normally admitted to the programs in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, or Mechanical at Dalhousie without examination.

Please refer to the Graduate and Professional Calendar for details of graduate programs offered by the Faculty of Engineering.