Engineering Transition Diploma

  • "Being able to talk to people over long distances, to transmit images, flying, accessing vast amounts of data like an oracle.  These are all things that would have been considered magic a few hundred years ago.   So engineering is, for all intents and purposes, magic, and who wouldn’t want to be a magician." 
    Elon Musk, Founded Tesla Motors, SpaceX et al

    If you possess an innate curiosity for how things work, enjoy solving problems, and want to build things that will change the way people live, consider a career as an engineer.  The academic road to become a professional engineer starts at Capilano University with one of our Engineering programs. 

    Information for students accepted into Capilano University Engineering programs

    If you have been accepted into the Engineering Transition program at Capilano University, then important information about your program, registration and purchasing textbooks can be found on the Moodle site.  You should visit this site regularly for updates. 

    General Information

    Capilano’s Engineering Transition Program provides mature students a pathway to obtain an applied science degree, en route to becoming professional engineers.  The program also caters to recent high school graduates who lack the pre-requisites for entry into a traditional engineering program.  Successful completion of the Engineering Transition Program ensures students who transfer to an engineering degree program at another institution in British Columbia typically require only three additional years of study to complete their degree requirements.

    University Transfer

    University of British Columbia (UBC)

    The Engineering Transition Program at Capilano University was developed and optimized for transfer to UBC.  This two-year program provides a seamless transfer to second-year engineering at UBC and, once at UBC, ensures a reduced, manageable, second-year workload.  Since its inception in Fall 2003, UBC has used a minimum cumulative grade point average (currently at 2.8) to admit Engineering Transition program students, who have completed all components of the program profile within two consecutive academic years, into second year UBC engineering.  Once accepted into second year, all students compete on an equal footing for seats in the different disciplines of engineering. The Faculty of Applied Science at UBC offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) degree in the following areas of engineering:  Chemical, Chemical & Biological, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Geological, Integrated, Materials, Mechanical, Mining, and Engineering Physics. See the UBC Calendar or the UBC website for more detailed information.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE for students entering Engineering Transition Diploma program in fall 2017 (completion spring 2019) 

    Currently, UBC uses a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.8 to admit Transition program students who have completed all components of the program profile into second year.  We have been advised that this minimum CGPA may change. If this happens, we will post the new GPA information as soon as we receive it from UBC.

    For students who entered the Engineering Transition Diploma program in fall 2016 (completion spring 2018), the current minimum CGPA of 2.8 remains in effect.

    Simon Fraser University (SFU)

    Students who complete the Engineering Transition Program will be considered for admission to second-year engineering at SFU.  The School of Engineering Science at SFU offers four-year programs leading to a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) degree in Biomedical, Computer, Electronics, Systems Engineering and Engineering Physics.  A Mechatronics Systems Engineering option is also offered at the SFU Surrey campus.  Please consult the SFU Calendar or the SFU website for more detailed information including competitive cumulative grade point average admission requirements.

    University of Victoria (UVic)

    Students who complete the Engineering Transition Program will be considered for admission to second-year engineering at UVic.  The Faculty of Engineering at UVic offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.  UVic also offers a Bachelor of Software Engineering (B.S.Eng.).  Please consult the UVic Calendar or the UVic web site for more detailed information including competitive cumulative grade point average admission requirements

    Admission Requirements 

    Admission from Secondary School

    See Program Admission Requirements.  Preference will be given to students who possess strong Math skills (grade of B or higher) and good grades in Chemistry 11 and Physics 11.  High school students are also encouraged to graduate with at least one tech course if they intend to study engineering. 

    Admission from Post-Secondary 

    See Program Admission Requirements. Students who have already completed some of the required courses in this program may have to repeat these courses, if accepted into the program. Students are encouraged to speak to the Engineering convenor before applying to discuss if this program is right for them. 

    Admission as a Mature Student

    Applicants who are 20 years of age or older and who wish to begin their studies towards an engineering degree and lack the minimum program admission requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.  It is expected that mature students successfully admitted into the Engineering Transition Program will have an aptitude for Math and Science.  

    Advancement in the Engineering Transition Program

    For continuation in the Engineering Transition program the student must normally satisfy all of the following requirements:

    • complete the pre-requisite for Math 116 in the Fall term of Year 1
    • complete the pre-requisite for Math 126 prior to the start of the Fall term of Year 2  
    • maintain a minimum CGPA of 1.8 in all core courses
    • be able to complete all program requirements within two consecutive academic years (Fall of Year 1 to Spring of Year 2)

    These requirements must also be met in order to be eligible for graduation.  Students not eligible for graduation may continue as Science students or apply to another program.

    Curriculum

    Students must complete their courses within two academic years -- see Engineering Transition Program Requirement courses.

    In their first term students will take:

    CHEM 101 or CHEM 110 or CHEM 154
    MATH 105 or MATH 116
    PHYS 104 or PHYS 114
    ENGL 100

    Students should consult with the Engineering Convenor for course selection in remaining terms

    Note:  MATH 124 is only recommended for students pursuing Engineering at SFU
    Note:  MATH 152 may be replaced with MATH 200
    Note:  CHEM 154 may be replaced with both CHEM 110 and CHEM 111

  • (note: the brochure is being revised and will be available soon) Download the Engineering Transition Program brochure (pdf)


    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) 

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    Chemistry & Engineering Pathways 

    Fall 2017/Spring 2018 (pdf)