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First-Year Engineering Success Program

Overview of the First-Year Engineering Success Program

The objective of the First-Year Engineering Success Program is to provide first-year engineering students with an opportunity before the start of second year to:
  • complete first-year courses for which they have not obtained credit,
  • upgrade their GPA (grade point average),
  • improve their academic standing, and
  • better prepare for subsequent years.

The Program provides a second offering of demanding first-year courses, according to the following schedule and subject to sufficient enrolment:

Winter semester

  • ENGR 1015U: Introduction to Engineering
  • MATH 1010U: Calculus I
  • PHY 1010U: Physics I

Spring/Summer semester

  • CHEM 1800U: Chemistry for Engineers
  • ENGR 1200U: Introduction to Programming
  • ENGR 1025U: Engineering Design
  • MATH 1020U: Calculus II
  • MATH 1850U: Linear Algebra for Engineers
  • PHY 1020U: Physics II

At the end of the fall semester, engineering students who have failed or are missing Introduction to Engineering (ENGR 1015U), Calculus I (MATH 1010U), or Physics I (PHY 1010U) are encouraged to take the course(s) during the winter semester. Students on academic warning will have to repeat some courses as required. In the summer, Calculus II (MATH 1020U) and Physics II (PHY 1020U) are offered, along with the other above-noted first-year courses.

Fees for the First-Year Engineering Success Program

There are no additional fees for the program, but standard tuition fees still apply for the courses taken in both the Winter and Spring/Summer semesters. It is the student’s responsibility to pay their full student fees by the date specified by the Registrar’s Office. Students should contact the Registrar's Office for more information on tuition fees.

Evaluation of Academic Standing for First-Year Engineering Success Program Students

Students who register and complete the Program courses will have their academic standings re-evaluated at the completion of the Program. Those students who successfully complete all the Program courses will be allowed to register in second-year engineering program courses that have the Program courses as prerequisites. This re-evaluation will include all the grades received in the Program courses.

How to Register

To register for the First-Year Engineering Success Program, or for more information, contact your First-Year Academic Advisor. Please note that space may be limited in the Program courses. Therefore, students who are missing first-year courses will have priority consideration. Students wishing to upgrade their grades may enroll the last day of the registration period, given availability.

Why is the First-Year Engineering Success Program Needed?

First-year engineering students may experience academic difficulties because of the demanding nature of many of the courses, and challenges in adapting to university life. This Program can help engineering students succeed in the first year and, as a consequence, fare better in their remaining studies. The Program also enables students to spread the demanding workload over a longer period, thereby providing more time to better understand the course material.

The Program can help first-year students overcome three of the main barriers to success:

  • Timing: Some fall-term courses (Calculus I and Physics I) are prerequisites for the winter-term courses Calculus II and Physics II. Students who fail either Calculus I or Physics I, or who have not taken either course, are not allowed to register in Calculus II and/or Physics II. These students typically would need to spend one more year to complete all the required first-year calculus and physics courses. Moreover, a significant number of second-year engineering program courses have first-year calculus and physics courses, as well as Linear Algebra, Chemistry and Introduction to Programming, as prerequisites. Consequently, students who fail or are missing these first-year courses would not be able to register in some second-year courses and would have to extend their studies by one or two years.
  • Academic Standing and Grade Point Average (GPA): First-year engineering students who receive a low GPA will have a hard time improving their cumulative GPA throughout their academic careers and can subsequently have problems with academic standing. The Program provides students with an opportunity to increase their first-year GPA and possibly avoid future difficulties with academic standing.
  • Preparation for and Performance in Subsequent Years: The first-year courses normally lay the groundwork for studies in subsequent years. Therefore students who do not do well in first year often fare poorly in more advanced courses. By allowing engineering students to retake unsuccessful first-year courses, or by spreading their first-year courses over three terms (fall, winter and spring), the Program provides students with a stronger foundation, vital to their future success.
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