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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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

Minimum Course Load - SFU ENSC students are expected to maintain a minimum course load of 12 credits per semester. Students are permitted to take fewer credits in exceptional circumstances, provided that the average number of credits per enrolled semester does not drop below 10 credits / enrolled semester.
 
The minimum course load policy will be enforced once per year, after the completion of the Spring semester. The first evaluation of a student's progress will take place after no less than three enrolled semesters (excluding co-op semesters) in the program. The first evaluation will take place:
1) After 5 semesters for students matriculating in the Fall semester;
2) After 4 semesters for students matriculating in the Spring semester;
3) After 3 semesters for students matriculating in the Summer semester.
If the student has less than 3 enrolled semesters at the time of the first Progress Review evaluation, his/her evaluation will be postponed by one year. The subsequent evaluations of student progress will take place annually after the first evaluation, independent of the student's schedule.
 
The Progress Rate will be calculated for each student as the number of credits divided by the number of enrolled semesters (excluding coop).
 
Students who at the time of evaluation have a Progress Rate below the required minimum of 10.00 credits/semester, will be transferred to the BGS program.
 
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.).

Requirement for First Co-op Prior to 3rd Year - Engineering students cannot declare their option until they have successfully completed ENSC 194, ENSC 195, or ENSC 196 (first co-op semester). To be eligible to enrol in upper division engineering courses, excluding ENSC 320, students must have declared their option.

Please see http://www.sfu.ca/engineering/current-students/undergraduate-students/requirements-and-policies.html for other requirements and policies.

Enrollment

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 asadvise@sfu.ca.

Orientation

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.

First year academic schedule

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.

All Year 1 and Year 2 students follow a common core of classes. The schedule is included below 

Year 1 (Standard schedule)

Term 1, Fall Term 2, Spring Term 3, Summer
CMPT 128-3  Intro to Computing Science & Programming for Engineers* ENSC 180-3 Introduction to Engineering Analysis
CHEM 121-4 General Chemistry & Lab
MATH 152-3
Calculus II PHYS 121-3 Optics, Electricity, and Magnetism
ENSC 100(W)-3 Engineering, Science, and Society* MATH 232-3
Applied Linear Algebra MATH 310-3 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
ENSC 105W-3 Process, Form and
Convention in Professional Genres
PHYS 120-3
Mechanics and Modern Physics CMPL I First Complementary Studies Elective
ENSC 120-1 Introduction to Electronics Laboratory Instruments*
       
MATH 151-3 Calculus I - or MATH 150        

 

Year 1 (Advanced schedule)

Term 1, Fall Term 2, Spring Term 3, Summer
CMPT 128-3  Intro to Computing Science & Programming for Engineers* ENSC 180-3 Introduction to Engineering Analysis
 
MATH 152-3
Calculus II
ENSC 100W-3 Engineering, Science, and Society* MATH 232-3
Applied Linear Algebra
ENSC 105W-3 Process, Form and
Convention in Professional Genres
PHYS 121-3
Optics, Electricity, and Magnetism
ENSC 120-1 Introduction to Electronics Laboratory Instruments*
CHEM 121-4 General Chemistry & Lab
MATH 151-3 Calculus I - or MATH 150 CMPL I First Complementary Studies Elective
PHYS 120-3 Mechanics and Modern Physics
   

 

Year 2

Term 1, Fall Term 2, Spring Term 3, Summer
ENSC 204-1
Graphical Communication for Engineering
Co-op Term ENSC 225-4 Microelectronics
ENSC 220-3
Electric Circuits I
ENSC 254-4 Introduction to Computer Organization
ENSC 251-4 Software Design and Analysis for Engineers
ENSC 280-3 Engineering Measurement & Data Analysis
ENSC 252-4 Fundamentals in Digital Logic and Design
ENSC 320-4 Electric Circuits II
MATH 251-3 Calculus III MATH 254-3/ CMPT 225-3
Vector & Complex Analysis (Biomedical, Electronics and Engineering Physics options only)                             OR                                                     Data Structures & Programming (Computer Engineering & Systems options only)
MATH 310-3 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations* (If not taken in Summer of 1st year)
 

The complete Engineering Science curriculum can be found in the online calendar

 

Course Guidance (First Semester)

1. ENSC100W/ENSC 105W or FAL X99

  • ENSC 100W/ENSC 105W: For students who HAVE met the English literacy requirement.
     
  • FAL X99: For students who HAVE NOT met the literacy requirement. (Please see this link to see how you can meet the literacy requirement) All students are required to have met the literacy requirement before they can enroll in a writing intensive course (labelled "W"). Over the course of your degree you are required to complete two "W" courses, the first of which is offered in your first semester of Engineering Science.

Note: If you are unsure of whether or not you have met the literacy requirement, check your transfer credit on goSFU. If you see FAL X99 listed you HAVE met the literacy requirement.

If you have started the engineering program, without FAL X99, you will encounter unavoidable scheduling conflicts in subsequent years.

2.ENSC 120-1: You MUST enroll in ENSC 120 in your first semester. Failure to enroll in ENSC 120 will mean you won't be able to enroll in ENSC 220 in 2nd year.  ENSC 220 is a prerequisite for many subsequent courses and you'll find yourself a full year behind if you do not enroll in ENSC 120 in your first semester. 

3. CMPT 128-3: You MUST enroll in CMPT 128 in your first semester. Failure to enroll in CMPT 128 will mean you won't be able to enroll in ENSC 251 or ENSC 252 in 2nd year. ENSC 251 and ENSC 252 are pre-requisites for subsequent courses so you'll find yourself a full year behind if you do not enroll in CMPT 128 in your first semester.

4. PHYS 120-3: Students can delay taking this course until Spring semester for a lighter course load but will need to attend in the Summer semester following first year if they choose to do this.

4. MATH 151-3: Students with a Math 12 grade of A or higher should enroll in MATH 151-3. Students with a Math 12 grade of B+ should enroll in MATH 150-4 instead. (The one more credit accounts for more extensive review. Both MATH 150-4 and MATH 151-3 are recognized in our curriculum.) Students with a Math 12 grade of  B- or B should enroll in MATH 100-3 (Math 100 is a pre-requisite course for Math 150 and 151).

5. PHYS 125/126: Note that first-year Engineering Science students with 85% or higher in Physics and Math 12 have the option of taking PHYS 125, instead of PHYS 120, during their first semester. PHYS 125 is an introductory physics course designed for students with strong backgrounds in physics and math. If you fit this profile, you are encouraged to consider taking PHYS 125, for the following reasons:

  • smaller class sizes (typically 40-50 people instead of 200-300)
  • special relativity is a significant part of the course
  • faculty-lead tutorial sessions
  • better integration of calculus
  • organized tours of research labs and discussions of modern topics
  • better preparation for second-year mechanics (which many students find difficult)

6. Tutorials and Labs: You must enroll in all related tutorials and labs during the same enrollment session in which you sign up for the lecture/course itself.