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University of Calgary Calendar 2010-2011 Schulich School of Engineering 3. School Regulations 3.1 Admissions
3.1 Admissions
Admission Requirements

New applicants should refer to A.2 "Admission Requirements" in the Undergraduate Admissions section of this Calendar for regulations regarding University admission. Students wishing to enrol in the Schulich School of Engineering must meet minimum admission requirements for Standard Admission as set out in the Undergraduate Admissions section of this Calendar.

Students who have completed most of their high school work two or more years prior to the time of application should contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Schulich School of Engineering.

Students required to withdraw from another faculty or another post-secondary educational institution because of an unsatisfactory academic record will not normally be considered for admission to the Schulich School of Engineering within 12 months of the withdrawal. Students seeking admission or readmission to the Schulich School of Engineering who have been determined (through due process) to be guilty of academic or non-academic misconduct at this or any other academic institution must accompany their application with a letter of explanation and will be considered for admission on an individual basis. Students who have been expelled from the Schulich School of Engineering may not apply for readmission.

Students coming directly from high school must present English Language Arts 30-1, Pure Mathematics 30, Mathematics 31, Physics 30 and Chemistry 30 as specified in the Undergraduate Admissions section of this Calendar. They must apply for admission by the deadline indicated in the Applications for Admission Schedule and submit transcripts to the Registrars Office as soon as final grades become available and, in any case, not later than August 1. Students who have never taken Mathematics 31 and present another matriculation subject (e.g., Biology 30, Social Studies 30) instead of Mathematics 31 and who achieve a high standing (at least five per cent above the admission standard) over the five subjects used for admission purposes may be admitted to the School under special conditions. These conditions involve enrolment in an alternative calculus stream.

Students who have attended a post-secondary institution must apply for admission by the appropriate deadline and submit all transcripts to the Registrars Office as soon as possible but not later than June 30. All applicants must present senior matriculation standing, or equivalent, in the five specified high school subjects, even though they may have attended a post-secondary institution.

Applicants who have a CEAB-accredited engineering degree may be considered for admission to a subsequent engineering degree at the University of Calgary if the degree program requested is determined by the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) to be sufficiently different from the prior degree program. A minimum of ten half-course equivalents is required for completion of a University degree. Students admitted under this regulation may, depending on how much transfer credit they are granted, have the Minimum Residence Time regulation waived.

Aboriginal Applicants

The Schulich School of Engineering is committed to enhanced access for aboriginal applicants. In accordance with the University Aboriginal Admission Policy, spaces have been set aside for aboriginal applicants seeking to enter first year from high school or seeking to enter first or second year as a transfer or change-of-faculty student. Students should contact the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) for more information.

Student Athletes

The Schulich School of Engineering encourages applications from student athletes. The school maintains a program that allows Varsity and National team students in first year to balance their academic workload with athletic responsibilities.

Admission to Engineering Program

Choice of an engineering program (Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Geomatics, Mechanical, Oil & Gas, or Software) is normally made during April of the first year of studies. While a place in at least one of the programs is assured for every student advancing to second year with satisfactory performance, it is not always possible to accommodate every student's first choice of program. Students will not normally be admitted to a program if they are deficient in more than two courses from the first year program or if they are deficient in any courses which are prerequisites for second year courses in the program of choice.

First year Engineering students wishing to enter the Biomedical Engineering Specialization or the Energy & Environment Specialization must apply for admission to the Biomedical Engineering Specialization program or the Energy & Environment Specialization at the same time the choice of an engineering program is made.

In the event that the number choosing a program exceeds the program quota, students will be admitted to the program in order of academic performance until the enrolment limit is reached. Academic performance is judged on the student's GPA for those courses required for the engineering program and taken during the last review period. Priority is generally given to students who have taken a full-course load in their last review period and who have all courses in the first year program complete. The exact policy for prioritization of students is determined by the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) and may be revised from year to year. Students may obtain information on current policy from the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office.

The current second-year quotas for the various programs are as follows:

Chemical Engineering: 85

Civil Engineering: 87

Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering combined quota: 165

Geomatics Engineering: 59

Mechanical Engineering: 173

Oil & Gas Engineering: 40

Software Engineering: 44

Biomedical Engineering Specialization: 32

Energy & Environment Specialization: 25

Second-year quotas for the Biomedical Engineering Specialization and the Energy and Environment Specialization are included in the above program quotas.

Any student in satisfactory standing in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering at the end of second year may choose between the Electrical Engineering program or the Computer Engineering program.

Students admitted to a program at the second year level include the continuing students who have completed their first year successfully in the School and transfer students. Many transfer-student files are not complete and thus no admission decision has been taken at the time registration starts in the summer. To give transfer students a fair opportunity for admission to their program of first choice, a certain number of places will be allotted to the continuing students and the remaining places will be retained for transfer students. The number of places in the two categories will be decided each year based on an assessment of the demand, with the objective of admitting transfer and continuing students to each program with equivalent qualifications. Transfer students are assessed for program admission on an equivalent basis to continuing students in terms of (a) the courses for which they have obtained transfer credit towards the engineering technical program, and (b) their GPA on those courses. Continuing students who have not registered in both Fall and Winter Term classes in their programs by July 15 will not be guaranteed their place in their program. Students who have not been admitted to a program will not normally be permitted to register in courses specific to that program, even if there is room in one or more courses specific to a program.

Admission to Minors

Choice of a Minor within an engineering program (e.g., Civil Engineering with a Minor in Environmental Engineering) is made during April of the third year or of the internship year, except as noted below for the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. To be admitted to a minor in the fourth year, a student must have completed third year in the appropriate engineering program and have a GPA of at least 2.00 in the student's last review period. In the event that the number choosing a Minor exceeds the number that can be accommodated, students will be admitted to the Minor in order of academic performance until the enrolment limit is reached. Academic performance means the student's GPA on only those courses taken in his/her last review period that are required for the engineering program.

Beginning with the class entering first year engineering in the Fall of 2007, students wishing to register in the Petroleum Minor in Chemical Engineering must apply at the end of their first year of studies. For students who have completed their second-year requirements in Chemical Engineering prior to the beginning of the Fall 2008 Term, admission to the Petroleum Minor at the beginning of fourth year, as described in previous editions of this Calendar, will be available in Fall 2009 and 2010. Places are limited and will be allocated based on GPA as described in the above paragraph on admission to Minors in fourth year.

Limited Enrolment

Enrolment in the Schulich School of Engineering is limited. Applicants will be accepted on the basis of academic standing in high school and/or previous course work completed. As a consequence of the limitations in enrolment, the following procedures apply. In addition, refer to information given under the heading Admission to Engineering Program.

Readmission after Voluntary Withdrawal

Students who withdrew voluntarily from the Schulich School of Engineering for two consecutive terms (Fall and Winter Terms of one academic year, or Winter Term and the following Fall Term) and who wish to return, must re-apply for admission by the prescribed deadlines and will be considered in competition with all other applicants. Students are encouraged to consult with the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) prior to making a decision concerning voluntary withdrawal.

Transfer of Course Credits

The Schulich School of Engineering may grant transfer credit to students for courses taken in another post-secondary educational program. Students must normally have obtained an acceptable overall academic standing to be eligible for transfer credit. Transfer credit will be considered for courses which are approximately equivalent to courses in the Engineering program and in which grades of "C-" or higher have been obtained. Transfer credit for a course will not be granted unless the student has obtained credit for the prerequisites for that course (as listed in this Calendar). The maximum number of transfer credits for technical courses that will be awarded is 15 half-course equivalents, except that more may be awarded to a student admitted after completing a CEAB-accredited Engineering degree. Transfer credits for third and fourth year technical courses will only be granted if the instructor(s) of the transferring courses hold a P.Eng. or the equivalent in jurisdictions recognized by the CEAB. Credit for Engineering 513 will only be granted when the transferring course is from another CEAB or Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accredited program (or the equivalent in jurisdictions recognized by the CEAB).

Credit will not normally be granted for courses taken eight or more years prior to the date of admission to the Schulich School of Engineering.

Minimum Residence Time

To qualify for a degree, a transfer student must successfully complete at least four regular terms of full-time study and a minimum of 10 full courses or equivalent while registered in the Schulich School of Engineering.