Engineering

The Bachelor of Engineering degree at Memorial University is offered as a co-operative program in which regular full-time academic study is supplemented by four-month periods of full-time work in positions related to the student’s future career.

The following majors are offered in academic terms three through eight after completion of the generic Engineering One curriculum:

  • civil engineering
  • computer engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • ocean and naval architectural engineering
  • process engineering

Students may choose to pursue electives in offshore oil and gas engineering in the last three terms of the program.

Graduates of Memorial University’s engineering programs have been enjoying the benefits of full accreditation with the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) since 1975.

The engineering undergraduate degree program is a five-year, mandatory co-op program. The normal mode of entry into the program is direct entry from high school into Engineering One. The program will normally be completed in eight academic semesters over five years. Those students who are not eligible for direct entry may complete the Engineering One courses as a Bachelor of Science student. These students can access all Engineering One courses where space permits and can apply directly for acceptance into Academic Term 3.

Admission Requirements

Entry to Engineering One and to the majors offered by the faculty is competitive for a limited number of placements. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the engineering program. The final decision on admission or re-admission to Engineering One or any engineering major rests with the Admissions Committee of the faculty. Admission or re-admission to the university does not necessarily constitute admission or re-admission to Engineering One or to any major. The primary criterion used in reaching decisions on applications for admission or re-admission is the Admission Committee’s judgment of the likelihood of an applicant succeeding in the program.

Direct admission from high school

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial, performance in advanced mathematics, chemistry, physics and English is of particular interest, and grades above 80 per cent are normally required for consideration.

High school students must meet the minimum requirements, or equivalents, outlined below in order to be considered eligible for admission to Engineering One.

EITHER students must have earned credits in Mathematics 1000 through one of the following:

  • International Baccalaureate (Higher Level with a score of four or higher)
  • Advanced Placement (Calculus AB or BC with a standing of three or higher)
  • successful completion of Mathematics 3208, and Memorial’s Calculus Placement Test (CPT)

OR are able to register for Mathematics 1000 as demonstrated through one of the following:

  • International Baccalaureate (Standard Level) with a score of four or higher
  • Advanced Placement (Calculus AB or BC) with a score less than 3 but obtain at least 75 per cent on Math Placement Test (MPT)
  • Mathematics 3200 with 75 per cent or higher
  • Mathematics 3200 with a grade between 50 – 74 per cent and obtain at least 75 on the MPT

Physics 3204 and Chemistry 3202 or equivalent, from high school are highly recommended.

Students completing the College of the North Atlantic Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) College Transition program

Students who have successfully completed the College of the North Atlantic Transition program will be considered equivalent to students entering directly from high school and will follow the guidelines shown above.

Memorial University of Newfoundland applicants

To be eligible for consideration for admission to Engineering One, students who are attending or have previously attended this university must have a cumulative average of at least 70 per cent or an average of at least 75 per cent on their most recent 30 attempted credit hours and be admissible to (or have previously completed) Mathematics 1000, Physics 1050 and Chemistry 1050.

Transfer applicants

Applicants seeking admission to Engineering One through transfer from accredited post-secondary institutions must have achieved a minimum overall average of 70 per cent and have been determined to have completed the equivalent of or be eligible to register for, Mathematics 1000.

Advanced standing

Students are occasionally admitted to semesters of the Bachelor of Engineering degree program beyond Engineering One from within the university or from other institutions. Such entry is normally based on a detailed analysis of the student’s record and normally requires applicants to have completed the equivalent of all requirements for promotion from previous semesters. A student’s major and remaining degree requirements are determined on a case-by-case basis at the time of admission. Transfer applicants must complete a majority of the credit hours in their program at Memorial University. Such students should contact the Office of the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies), engr@mun.ca

Applications to the faculty programs

Applications for admission to the Bachelor of Engineering degree program for the Fall semester must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar no later than March 1. A complete application package includes a general application for admission to the university, the appropriate application fee and any other required supporting documentation. For the current application process, please see:
www.mun.ca/undergrad/apply

Courses available in first year

Engineering 1010
Engineering Statics is the first course in engineering mechanics. Forces and moments are described with vector algebra, leading to a description of the equilibrium conditions for particles and solid bodies. The importance of free body diagrams is highlighted. This knowledge is then applied to the analysis of trusses, frames and machines. Additional topics include an examination of friction and the concepts of centre of force, centroids and second moments of area.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Tutorials: One hour per week
Prerequisite: Level III Physics or Physics 1020 and Mathematics 1000 (which may be taken concurrently)

Engineering 1020
Introduction to Programming is an introduction to algorithmic problem solving techniques and computer programming, including basic program control structures (sequence, call, branch, loop) and data representations, functional decomposition and design by contract. Exercises and examples are drawn from a variety of engineering disciplines and are implemented using a standard modern programming language.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Laboratory/Tutorial: At least eight two-hour sessions
Prerequisite: Level III Advanced Mathematics or Mathematics 1090

Engineering 1030
Engineering Graphics and Design provides two complementary competencies. First, it provides an introduction to the fundamentals of graphic communication, including orthographic projections, three dimensional pictorials, sectioning and dimensioning. Both sketching and CAD are utilized. Second, the course introduces students to standard design methodologies. The graphics and design competencies are reinforced through lab and project exercises.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Laboratory/Tutorial: Two hours per week
Prerequisite: Level III Advanced Mathematics or Mathematics 1090

Engineering 1040
Mechanisms and Electric Circuits (pilot curriculum) will engage and prepare students for Memorial University’s engineering program by: exercising student judgement and understanding of an engineering mindset to problem formulation, solution, and assessment of what is a “reasonable” result; introducing students to software environments to increase their ability and comfort in using computers as engineering problem-solving tools; and introducing problems that relate to the variety of engineering disciplines offered in the program. Students in the electrical circuits portion of the course will be taught relevant theory, and the application of problem-solving skills, judgement and visualization to the solution of electrical circuit problems.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Laboratory: Two hours per week
Prerequisite: Level III Physics or Physics 1051 (which may be taken concurrently) and Mathematics 1000 (which may be taken concurrently)

Note: The engineering course pairs 1010/1020 and 1030/1040 are offered in single slots so that students can only take one from each pair in the fall and winter semesters.

Engineering One

The first year of the engineering program is referred to as Engineering One. Engineering One is comprised of courses in English, mathematics, physics and chemistry in addition to four courses covering engineering fundamentals that are common to all of the majors. These four engineering courses introduce students to engineering problem-solving, analysis, design, communication and teamwork. Students will develop an understanding of the different engineering specialties, as well as the interdisciplinary nature of engineering practice.

Structure of the Engineering program

YearFallWinterSpring
1Engineering One*
2AT 3WTAT 4
3WTAT 5WT
4AT 6WTAT7
5WTAT 8 

Legend: AT - Academic Term; WT - Work Term

* Students who successfully complete all Engineering One requirements by the end of the Winter semester may apply to undertake a work term during the Spring semester. Academic performance (e.g. >70 per cent average) is the main consideration. Students with lower averages are encouraged to improve their academic standing. Engineering 200W (Professional Development Seminar) is also required prior to a Spring semester work term.

Many of the Engineering One courses are also offered in the Spring semester thereby enabling students to plan their Engineering One program over the course of all three semesters. Students are encouraged to take as much time as needed in order to ensure successful performance in all courses. The transition from high school to university can be challenging and students should consider taking a maximum of five courses in the Fall semester. Those who are successful can complete the remaining six courses in the Winter semester. Those who do not do well in the Fall, can retake and/or complete their remaining courses over the Winter and Spring semesters.

Note: All courses in the Engineering One program are also offered at Grenfell Campus.


Engineering One: program of study

Courses in Engineering One are as follows:

  • English 1090 or 1000
  • Mathematics 1000
  • Mathematics 1001
  • Mathematics 2050
  • Physics 1050
  • Physics 1051
  • Chemistry 1050
  • Engineering 1010
  • Engineering 1020
  • Engineering 1030
  • Engineering 1040.

Students admitted to the first year of the Bachelor of Engineering degree program who have either completed (at Memorial or through transfer credit) or who are eligible to register for Mathematics 1000, Physics 1050 and Chemistry 1050 in their first semester should be able to complete all Engineering One courses during their first three semesters at Memorial University.

Admitted students who are not eligible to register for Physics 1050 and Chemistry 1050 in their first semester may take an alternate slate of courses in these subjects in order to meet the requirements for promotion to Term 3. These are described in the notes following the sample program.

Sample program

Fall semesterWinter semester
Mathematics 1000Mathematics 1001
Physics 1050*Physics 1051*
Chemistry 1050**Mathematics 2050
2 Engineering courses (1010 or 1020 and 1030 or 1040***)2 Engineering courses (1010 or 1020 and 1030 or 1040***)
English 1090

 * Students registered in Physics 1050 must also be registered in or have credit for Mathematics 1000. Students who complete Physics 1020 in their first semester with a grade of at least 70 per cent may take Physics 1051 in the second semester. Physics 1051 requires Mathematics 1001 to be completed concurrently (or as a prerequisite). Students who complete Physics 1020 with a grade of less than 70 per cent must complete Physics 1021 before 1051 in order to meet the Engineering One physics requirements.

**At the St. John’s campus, students who are not eligible to register for Chemistry 1050 in the Fall semester may complete Chemistry 1010. Students who achieve a grade of at least 60 per cent in Chemistry 1010 may register for Chemistry 1050 in the Winter semester. 

***At the St. John’s campus, students who have completed Level III/Grade 12 physics may take Engineering 1040 in their first semester. Students who have not completed a physics course at this level should take Engineering 1040 in the second semester of Engineering One concurrently with Physics 1051.

Although courses in Engineering One are offered on a credit basis and the engineering courses will be offered in each of the three semesters, it is recommended that students take two engineering courses in each of the Fall and Winter semesters. The engineering course pairs 1010/1020 and 1030/1040 are offered in single slots so that students can only take one from each pair in the Fall and Winter semesters. All four courses are offered separately in the Spring semester.

 

Promotion from Engineering One

All students must successfully complete the requirements of Engineering One prior to being promoted to Academic Term 3. All engineering students who meet promotion requirements from Engineering One at the end of the academic year of admission will be guaranteed a place in Academic Term 3, although not necessarily in their preferred major.

 

Requirements for promotion to Academic Term 3

  • a grade of at least 55 per cent in each of Mathematics 1001, Mathematics 2050, Physics 1051, Chemistry 1050, English 1090 (or equivalent), Engineering 1010, 1020, 1030 and 1040
  • an overall average of at least 65 per cent in the above nine courses. Note: an overall average between 70 – 75 per cent on the above nine courses will increase the likelihood of a placement in a preferred major discipline


Notes:

  1. In order to remain in the engineering program, students admitted to Engineering One must complete the requirements for promotion to Academic Term 3 before the end of the academic year of admission.
  2. Students who fail to meet the requirements for promotion to Academic Term 3 before the end of the academic year of admission will be deemed to have withdrawn from the engineering program and will need to continue the Engineering One courses as a Bachelor of Science student.
  3. The faculty reserves the right to limit the number of spaces available in each major. The faculty also reserves the right to guarantee admission to a particular major at the time of admission to the engineering program.
  4. Students in Engineering One are required to apply for their major by March 31 of the year in which admission is sought, indicating their preferences for major in rank order. All other students applying for admission to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at the Term 3 level are required to apply by March 1.
  5. Students who are not admitted directly to Engineering One are permitted to take the four engineering courses (ENGI 1010, 1020, 1030 and 1040) if registered as BSc student and space permits. Such students can then apply directly to Term 3 for Fall 2018.  
    Note: 2017/2018 will be the last year that BSc students will be permitted to take these courses and apply directly to Term 3. 

 

Contact information
For additional information please contact:
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
engr-liaison@mun.ca
www.engr.mun.ca

Contact

Guide to First Year

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca