Information for New Students

Congratulations! We are delighted you are joining us at SFU’s world-renowned School of Engineering Science. Admission to this school is highly competitive and you should be proud of your achievement. We look forward to inspiring you to become part of the next generation of high-tech leaders and innovators.

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Are you arriving from High School?

Check your email for information on SFU 101 – a free online course that helps you make the most of your SFU experience.

Also look out for an IT Services email so you can activate your unique SFU online ID. Once you’re in the system, check your earliest date for registration and enroll for classes as soon as you can.

Need more information? Click here for everything else you need to know about being a new SFU student.


Engineering Science students are strongly encouraged to attend SFU’s New Student Orientation. You’ll explore campus, meet colleagues and instructors – and have fun!

Register here.

Have Questions?

Contact your Applied Sciences advisors at

Are you a Transfer Student?

If you need further information or have any questions about course waivers or transfer credits, contact Undergraduate Program Assistant ( If required, we will forward your enquiry to the Undergraduate Curriculum Chair for review.

Are you a Second Degree Student?

Course Waivers

Students seeking course waivers based on courses from their first degree must supply all relevant detailed course outlines, after first having them assessed by the respective department (e.g., an outline for a waiver sought for a Chemistry course, must first be presented to the Chemistry department) before being submitted to the School of Engineering Science via the appeal form.

Due to Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board guidelines and rules, SFU Engineering will not normally be able to grant any waivers for an SFU Engineering course. Waivers cannot be granted for upper division courses.  Second degree students may receive waivers for up to half the required credit hours based on previous studies. Please also see the university policy regarding second degree students.

Please also note that students who already have an undergraduate engineering degree may only choose the Biomedical Engineering option. 

For second degree questions, please contact:


Plan Your Semester(s)

Once you have received your list of waivers, cross-reference with the ENSC curriculum to see which courses you still need to complete. Then review the schedule of classes for the upcoming semester – not all courses are offered each semester. Finally, in consultation with a FAS advisor, create a plan of study for the next semester (and beyond).

Please note that if you already have an undergraduate engineering degree then the only option available to you is Biomedical Engineering.

Enroll in Courses

Second degree students may have trouble enrolling as the system won’t show they have completed the course prerequisites. If you have difficulty enrolling in ENSC courses, please contact the ENSC Undergraduate Program Assistant ( with your name and student number. Also, forward this to the FAS advisors (, with a list of your waivers.

Important Policies

GPA Requirements - Engineering science students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.2 to remain in the program. Students with CGPA falling below this minimum after one year from the time of admission to Engineering Science will be moved to the Bachelor of General Studies in Applied Sciences. A minimum 2.4 CGPA is required for direct registration in upper division courses.  Faculty of Applied Science students with a CGPA below 2.4 need to see an advisor to register in these courses.  Other Faculties' students may not register with a CGPA below 2.4

The school of Engineering Science will not enforce a minimum course load as a policy. However, students should understand the Engineering degree should be completed within a reasonable time to get professional recognition and career advantage. Students are highly encouraged to follow the suggested course schedule, option declaration, completion of Co-Op/work-terms  so that the graduation is not delayed. Students are also encouraged to seek help/advise from FAS-Advising.

Students who have completed 120 credits of the Engineering Science program are exempt from the minimum Progress Rate requirement, however they still have to meet the other requirements (i.e. minimum CGPA requirements, timely completion of coop, etc.).

Declaration of Option before enrolling in upper division courses: To be eligible to enrol in upper division engineering courses, excluding ENSC 320, students must have declared their option.

Please see for other requirements and policies.


Refer to our Student Services website for enrollment instructions. Check your earliest registration date and enroll in courses as soon as possible – you will receive an email regarding your enrollment appointment date. Ensure that your choice of courses meets the School of Engineering Science’s guidelines. For course advising and program planning help, contact your academic advisor at


All Engineering Science students are strongly encouraged to attend SFU’s New Student Orientation in late August. This is a fun event where you will have the opportunity to explore the campus and meet your new colleagues and instructors. Register for Orientation here.

Common Core

All Year 1 students follow the same core curriculum. This is aimed at providing a deep foundation of technical know-how and exposing undergraduates to all the various fields they might later specialize in.

Students have the option of following the standard schedule (courses split across three terms) or the advanced schedule (two terms with summer off). Deviation from suggested courses may delay your graduation and should be discussed with an academic advisor.