FAQs

1. Is there a minimum course load I have to take?
2. How many years do I have to complete my degree?
3. What is graduating with Distinction?
4. With First class standing?
5. What classes are offered in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer?
6. Do I need to complete my first year requirements, even if I'm in my fourth year?
7. How do I find employment?
8. Where do I find information on studying abroad?
9. Is a grade of "D" a pass?
10. What happens if I'm on Academic Warning? Probation? Required to Withdraw? 
11. How do I apply for Re-Admission?
12. How do I find out what courses are required for my degree?
13. Where do I find the prerequisites for my courses?
14. How do I apply for a re-exam? Who is Eligible?
15. How do I apply for a deferred exam? Who is eligible?
16. What is a reappraisal? How can I apply for one?
17. How is dropping a class different from withdrawing?
18. How much do I have to pay if I withdraw from a class?
19. What is a grade of W?
20. How many W's is too many?
21. I want to take a course at a different institution for credit towards my degree program, what is the process?
22. I want to switch programs, what is the process and requirements?
23. When should I apply for graduation?
24. When does convocation take place?
25. When will I attend the Iron Ring ceremony?
26. Where do I find scholarship information?
27. How do I apply for Faculty and Department scholarships?
28. How do I apply to take a graduate class?
29. How do I get permission to increase my course load for a term?
30. Can I take a course without having the prerequisites?
31. How can I audit a course?
32. I've already applied for graduation by mistake, and now BearTracks won't let me apply again, what do I do?
33. I've taken a course at a different institution that I think is equivalent to a course here, how do I get credit for it?
34. I was sick and missed a midterm/final waht do I do?
35. I want to take a semester/year off, will I need to reapply to engineering?
36. When is CIV E 251 offered?
37. How many courses can I take in spring and summer?

1. Is there a minimum course load I have to take?       Return to top of page

No once enrolled in your specialization there is no minimum load requirement. However you have a maximum of 6 years to complete your degree. (The 6 years begins the year you specialized).
Keep in mind that there are different course load requirements concerning financial aid and scholarships.

2. How many years do I have to complete my degree? Return to top of page

From the year you started your specialization, you have a maximum of 6 years to complete your degree. (See section 83.3 in the Academic Calendar)

3. What is graduating with Distinction? Return to top of page

Degrees with Distinction: At the discretion of the faculty concerned, the notation “With Distinction” is inscribed on the permanent record and graduation parchment of a candidate for any degree, except an honors or graduate degree, if the candidate has obtained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher over the last two years of the program. (From the 2010/2011 Academic Calendar section: 23.6.3 University Graduating Standards)

To graduate “With Distinction,” a student must have:
i) an Engineering Graduation Average of 3.5 or greater, and
ii) carried at least 70.0 units in the final four academic terms.
For more information see section 83.3 in the 2010/2011 Academic Calendar

4. With First class standing? Return to top of page

First-Class Standing: Awarded to a student who obtains a grade point average of 3.5 or above while enrolled in a full, normal, academic course load in that year; the definition of a full normal academic course load shall be left to the Faculty concerned. (From the 2010/2011 Academic Calendar section: 23.6.1 Common Academic Standing Categories for General Undergraduate Programs)

First-class standing is awarded following the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth academic terms based on a GPA of 3.5 or greater, calculated on a course load of not less than 35.0 units in the two preceding academic terms. For more information see section 83.3 in the 2010/2011 Academic Calendar.

5. What classes are offered in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer? Return to top of page

 Term           CIV E           ENGG          ENV E             MIN E           PET E     
 Fall

• 265
• 391
• 395
• 398
• 406
• 431
• 474
• 481

 

• 220
• 320
• 322
• 323
• 324
• 400
• 421
• 432

• 295
• 323
• 325
• 402
• 413
• 414

• 362
• 364
• 373
• 444
• 471
• 473
• 484
• 488A

 Winter

• 221
• 240
• 250
• 290
• 295
• 303
• 315
• 321
• 409
• 429
• 439
• 479
• 489
• 499

 

• 222
• 302
• 351
• 434
• 440

• 310
• 324
• 330
• 403
• 407
• 408
• 420

• 275
• 366
• 475
• 477
• 489
• 496
• 488B

 Fall & Winter

• 270
• 330
• 331
• 372
• 374
• 381

     

 • 365

 Spring

 • 251

 • 130

     

6. Do I need to complete my first year requirements, even if I’m in my fourth year? Return to top of page

Yes, to graduate you will need to take all the courses required of your program to graduate. There are no exceptions, so even if you have taken the senior level course, you will still need to complete the junior level one.

7. How do I find employment? Return to top of page

Please contact the Engineering Employment Centre. The Engineering Employment Centre offers many free services to University of Alberta Engineering students and alumni seeking help in their job search. http://www.engineering.ualberta.ca/employment.cfm

8. Where do I find information on Studying abroad? Return to top of page

For students interested in going on a study exchange contact University of Alberta International (UAI) here http://www.goabroad.ualberta.ca/study.cfm  

9. Is a grade of ‘D’ a pass? Return to top of page

Yes, a grade of D is the minimum grade a student can achieve to pass. A grade of F is a failing grade.

10. What happens if I’m on Academic Warning? Probation? Required to Withdraw? Return to top of page

Marginal Standing-Academic Warning: Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer GPA of 1.7 to 1.9 inclusive. Proceed to next term on academic warning, repeating any failed course(s) and other courses as specified by the Dean, unless one of the following conditions applies, in which case the student must withdraw:
i) Previously on academic warning on two or more occasions.
ii) Previously required to withdraw and previously on academic warning.
iii) Already on academic warning or probation.

Students on academic warning or probation will be evaluated at the end of each term. Spring/Summer is not considered a term unless it is a scheduled term within the student's degree program. To clear academic warning or probation, a student must achieve an engineering term average of at least 2.0 while carrying a minimum course load of 14.0 units.
c. Unsatisfactory Standing-Required to Withdraw: Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer GPA less than 1.7. Student must withdraw.

11. How do I apply for Re-Admission? Return to top of page

Students required to withdraw must apply for readmission through the Office of the Registrar. You can find the paper and online application here: http://www.registrar.ualberta.ca/ro.cfm?id=161

12. How do I find out what courses are required for my degree? Return to top of page

You can find your program requirements in the calendar Section 84.3 or check out our program checklists here.

13. Where do I find the prerequisites for my courses? Return to top of page

Prerequisites are listed in the Academic Calendar under Course Listings.

14. How do I apply for a Re-exam? Who is Eligible? Return to top of page

You can apply for a reexamination with your Department Undergraduate Advisor. Undergraduate students who have written and submitted a final examination may be considered for a reexamination provided the following conditions are met

a. The course was failed.
b. The final examination is 40 percent or greater, as originally scheduled for the class as a whole.
c. For a Fall-Term course, the student achieved a Term Grade Point Average of 2.0 inclusive of the failed course. For Winter-Term and Fall/Winter courses, a Fall/Winter GPA of 2.0 inclusive of the failed course.
Please see Section 23.5.5 Reexaminations in the 2010/2011 Calendar for more information.

15. How do I apply for a deferred exam? Who is Eligible? Return to top of page

A student who has missed a final exam because of incapacitating illness, severe domestic affliction or other compelling reason (including religious conviction) may apply for a deferred exam.
Students needing to apply for a deferred exam must present themselves at their Faculty Office. The application and supporting documentation pertaining to the absence must be presented to the Faculty within two working days following the scheduled date of the exam missed or as soon as the student is able, having regard to the circumstances underlying the absence.

16. What is a Reappraisal? How can I apply for one? Return to top of page

A reappraisal is a request to re-grade a final examination or paper.
To apply for a reappraisal please see your Department Undergraduate Advisor.

17. How is dropping a class different from withdrawing? Return to top of page

Dropping a class happens before the Add/Drop deadline. After you drop a class, you will not be assessed fees for that course and the course will not appear on your academic record. Dropping a class is like having never registered in the first place. In order to drop a class, you simply need to use BearTracks.

Withdrawing from a class happens after the Add/Drop Deadline, up to the Withdrawal Deadline. After withdrawing from a class, you will be assessed fees and the class will appear on your academic record with an assigned grade of W. In order to withdraw from a class, you need to visit your Department Undergraduate Advisor and fill out a Course Withdrawal Form.

You can find all the University Major Deadlines here: http://www.registrar.ualberta.ca/calendar/Academic/Schedule/11.html

18. How much do I have to pay if I withdraw from a class? Return to top of page

There are two different withdrawal deadlines: Fee Refund (50%) and Withdrawal. Withdrawing from a class between the Add/Drop deadline and the Fee Refund (50%) deadline means that you will be assessed 50% of the course fee. Withdrawing from a class between the Fee Refund (50%) deadline and the Withdrawal deadline means you will be assessed full course fees.  Withdrawing from a course at any point between the Add/Drop deadline and the Withdrawal deadline means you will be assigned a grade of W for the course.

19. What is a grade of W? Return to top of page

A grade of W on your transcript simply indicates that you have withdrawn from that course, and does not affect your GPA. After receiving a W in a course, you may only retake that class once.

20. How many Ws is too many? Return to top of page

While there is no limit to how many Ws you can have on your transcript, or how many Ws is too many, when applying for further studies (eg. professional schools, graduate studies), you may be asked to explain something like a large number of withdrawals in a short period of time, or a pattern of withdrawals throughout your academic career. Essentially, it depends entirely on the program and school you're applying to.

21. I want to take a course at a different institution for credit towards my degree program, what is the process? Return to top of page

Start by speaking to the Undergraduate Advisor of your department. You will first need to ensure that the course equivalent you want to take is an approved transfer credit. If it is you will then need to fill out a Letter of Permission.

22. I want to switch programs, what is the process and requirements? (Internal Transfer) Return to top of page

In order to be eligible for admission to a different specialization, students must be in satisfactory standing and must have completed a minimum of nine courses contained in academic terms 3 and 4 of their existing specialization program as specified in the Calendar. Admission of students into any remaining spaces will be done on the basis of their admission average. Students with the highest admission average are admitted first. This average is calculated based on the courses from academic terms 3 and 4 of the student's existing specialization program as indicated in the Calendar. If a student has taken courses within the Faculty which are not part of their existing specialization program, such courses are included in the admission average calculation but are assigned a grade of F. In the case where all program space is full, special consideration for admission will only be given where a student has met the preceding requirements and has also achieved a minimum admission average of 3.5. For more information please see the Faculty of Engineering website: http://www.engineering.ualberta.ca/admissiontodifferentprogram.cfm

23. When should I apply for graduation? Return to top of page

  • For students completing programs in December or April the application deadline is February 1. Convocation takes place in Spring (June).
  • For students completing programs in June or August the application deadline is September 1. Convocation takes places in Fall (November).

24. When does convocation take place? Return to top of page

There are two convocations one in the Fall in November and the other in Spring that takes place in June. For exact dates please see Office of the Registrar’s website http://www.registrar.ualberta.ca/ro.cfm?id=176  

25. When will I attend the Iron Ring ceremony? Return to top of page

The Iron Ring ceremony takes place twice a year for graduating students, once in November for December finishers and again in March for those students completing their program in April. Iron ring sizing takes place about 3 weeks prior to each ceremony; students are given an information packet from APPEGA on the details of the Iron Ring at this time. Each student is allowed to take two guests to the Iron Ring Ceremony. Students can also apply to have a family member present their ring if they are a professional engineer.

26. Where do I find scholarship information? Return to top of page

You can find scholarship information in the following places:
• Go to the Student Financial Academic Support Centre
• Check out the Government of Alberta’s Scholarship Connections database at www.alis.alberta.ca  
• Check out the Office of the Registrar’s section on Scholarships
• Faculty of Engineering website

27. How do I apply for Faculty and Department scholarships? Return to top of page

Students are automatically nominated for both Department and Faculty scholarships if they have a GPA of 3.5 or above and have taken 35 units of course weight or more during their previous Fall and Winter terms.

28. How do I apply to take a Graduate class? Return to top of page

Undergraduates seeking to take graduate classes must meet with their Department Undergraduate Advisor. Approval is based on their GPA in their previous two terms, instructor consent and course availability. Undergraduates are able to take a maximum of two graduate courses during their undergraduate degree.

29. How do get permission to increase my course load for a term? Return to top of page

Please contact your undergraduate advisor. Permission is granted based on the student’s GPA in the last two academic terms and reasoning for the increase in course load.

30. Can I take a course without having the prerequisites? Return to top of page

In general there is a zero tolerance on taking courses without the prerequisites. In exceptional circumstances students can contact the department the course is offered in and request permission. For courses in Civil, Environmental, Mining and Petroleum you can contact the Undergraduate Advisor.

31. How can I audit a course? Return to top of page

To Audit a Course you will need to fill out a Course Audit Form (which you can pick up from your department or http://www.registrar.ualberta.ca/files/Course_Audit.pdf) and obtain permission from the instructor and department.

Please note that since final permission to audit a course cannot be given until it is known that all students registered for credit have been accommodated, registrations as auditors will not be accepted until the eleventh class day of the term and must be submitted prior to the fifteenth class day of the term. For more information please see Section 22.1.10 Auditors in the Academic Calendar.

32. I’ve already applied for graduation by mistake, and now beartracks won’t let me apply again, what do I do? Return to top of page

You will need to fill out a paper application. You can obtain one from your Department or Faculty.

33. I’ve taken a course at a different institution that I think is equivalent to a course here, how do I get credit for it? Return to top of page

Please contact your Department Undergraduate Advisor, who will first let you know if the course is an approved transfer credit. If it is not an approved transfer course you will have to submit a proposal to demonstrate that the course is equivalent to one in your program.

34. I was sick and missed a midterm/final what do I do? Return to top of page

For a midterm exam please contact your instructor as soon as possible. Your instructor will discuss with you how to make up for the missed exam and may ask for medical documentation to support your absence. This may mean writing it at a later date or in most circumstances putting the weight of the midterm onto the final exam.

For Final Exams you will need to contact your Faculty as soon as possible and apply for a Deferred Exam. You will need to provide documentation to support the reason for your absence and pay a fee. Deferrals take place after the final examination period in each term.

35. I want to take a semester/ year off, will I need to reapply to engineering? Return to top of page

If you are only taking a semester off, you will still be considered an enrolled student. If you take a year off from your studies, you will need to reapply.

36. When is CIV E 251 offered? Return to top of page

CIV E 251 takes place the week after final exams in winter term and before spring term starts. CIV E 251 is Survey School.

37. How many courses can I take in spring and summer? Return to top of page

Students are allowed to enroll in a maximum of 4 courses for the Spring/Summer Session