Program Highlights

Capilano University's Engineering 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 this program ensures that 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.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and to be able to apply it critically to solve problems.
  • Demonstrate proper laboratory techniques, including the use of appropriate equipment and instrumentation.
  • Develop original designs to solve engineering problems.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret laboratory data, draw sound conclusions and then effectively communicate the results.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work well independently and in groups.
  • Engage in informed debate on topics related to technology.
  • Effectively apply scientific concepts towards subsequent coursework.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallFull-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$4700 $1638 $6338
Year 2$4562 $1638 $6199
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$9261 $3276 $12537

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

First Term

Total credits: 15.00

CHEM 101Fundamentals of Chemistry4.00 credits
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
MATH 105Precalculus Mathematics - Modelling Our World4.00 credits
PHYS 104Principles of Physics4.00 credits


Second Term

Total credits: 19.00

APSC 130Technical Drafting and Computer-Aided Design3.00 credits
COMP 120Computer Science for Engineers4.00 credits
MATH 116Calculus I - The Mathematics of Change4.00 credits
PHYS 114Fundamental Physics I4.00 credits
Choose 4.00 credits from the following list:

Students choosing CHEM 110 must also take CHEM 111 in order to satisfy the chemistry requirements for this program. CHEM 111 should be taken in the summer between the second and third terms for an additional 4.00 credits towards this credential (68.00 credits total).

CHEM 110Bonding and Structure4.00 credits
CHEM 154Chemical Principles for Engineers4.00 credits


Third Term

Total credits: 18.00

APSC 120Introduction to Engineering1.00 credits
APSC 140Engineering Design3.00 credits
MATH 126Calculus II3.00 credits
MATH 152Linear Algebra and Differential Equations4.00 credits
PHYS 115Fundamental Physics II4.00 credits
PHYS 116Fundamental Physics III3.00 credits


Fourth Term

Total credits: 15.00

APSC 120Introduction to Engineeringcont’d
CMNS 250Introduction to Technical Writing3.00 credits
Arts Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits
Choose 9.00 credits from the following list:

Any 200-level BIOL, COMP, CHEM, MATH, PHYS, or STAT course offered by the School of STEM will satisfy the science requirement.

100-level or higher elective3.00 credits
Arts Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits
Science 200-level3.00 credits
Science 200-level3.00 credits


Total program credits: 67.00

Program Notes

Continuation Requirement: For continuation in the Engineering Transition program the student must normally satisfy all of the following requirements: complete the prerequisite for MATH 116 in the First Term; complete the prerequisite for MATH 126 prior to the start of the Third Term; maintain a minimum CGPA of 1.8; be able to complete all program requirements within two consecutive academic years (First Term to Fourth Term).

Graduation Requirement: To be eligible for graduation, all program requirements must normally be completed within two consecutive academic years.

Important Dates

Application Dates

Oct 6, 2020 - Aug 3, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 5, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 23, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Oct 5, 2021 - Aug 2, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 4, 2022

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 22, 2022 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

  1. Check the admissions requirements.
  2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program.
  3. Complete and submit your application through EducationPlannerBC.
    1. Upload all your required/supporting official documents.
    2. Pay your application fee.
  4. Admissions will review your application and contact you.

Admission Requirements

Admission Notes

Students with less than 67% in English Studies 12 or English 12 or English First Peoples 12 will be required to write the Capilano University English Diagnostic Test (EDT) or Language Proficiency Index (LPI) prior to registering in an English course.

Admission into the Engineering Transition program is competitive, so meeting the above minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar.

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