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"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
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
If you have been accepted into the Engineering Transition Diploma
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
Transition Diploma 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 Diploma 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.
The Engineering Transition Diploma program at Capilano University was developed and optimized for
transfer to UBC Vancouver (UBC-V). This two-year program
provides transfer to second-year engineering at UBC-V and, once there, ensures a reduced, manageable,
second-year workload. Since its
inception in Fall 2003, UBC-V has used a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) (historically at 2.8) to admit Engineering Transition Diploma program students, who have
completed all components of the program profile within two consecutive academic
years, into second year UBC-V engineering. The anticipated CGPA for admission to engineering at UBC-V for this academic year is 2.8. Once accepted into second year, all Capilano engineering transfer students compete on an equal footing
for entry into their engineering discipline of choice.
The Faculty of Applied
Science at UBC-V 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-V Calendar or the UBC-V web sites for more detailed information about the different programs.
Students interested in engineering programs at UBC Okanagan should consult UBC-O’s web site for information on their program requirements.
Historically, UBC-V used a CGPA
of 2.8 to admit Engineering Transition Diploma program students, who had completed all
components of the program profile, into second year. We have been advised that this minimum CGPA
may change. If this occurs, the new CGPA information will be posted on this web site as soon as we
receive it from UBC-V.
For students who entered the Engineering
Transition Diploma program in fall 2016 (completion spring 2018), the anticipated minimum CGPA of 2.8 will remain.
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, Engineering
Physics, as well as a minor in Computer and Electronics Design. 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.
Students who complete the Engineering Transition Diploma 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.
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.
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.
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 Diploma program will have an aptitude for Math and Science.
Qualified candidates are notified of their acceptance into the Engineering Transition Diploma program by mail. Acceptance normally begins in February, and continues through June. If you have not heard directly from us by July 1, it indicates that your application has been reviewed and either you have been placed on a waiting list, or we are waiting for you to complete your document submissions. Depending on the number of applicants who accept or decline, additional offers will be made during late July and early August. Students have a fixed deadline after the date of an acceptance letter to reply and submit a non-refundable deposit to ensure a seat in the program.
For continuation in
the Engineering Transition Diploma program, the student must
normally satisfy all of the following 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
Students must complete their courses within two academic years -- see Engineering Transition Program Requirement courses.
CHEM 101 or CHEM 110 or CHEM 154MATH 105 or MATH 116PHYS 104 or PHYS 114ENGL 100Elective
Students should consult with the Engineering Convenor for course selection in remaining terms.
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