Faculty of Engineering 

General Office: Head Hall, Room C-28
Mailing Address: Faculty of Engineering,
University of New Brunswick,
P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, N.B.,
Canada, E3B 5A3 
Phone: (506)453-4570
Fax: (506) 453-4569
Email: deaneng@unb.ca
Website: //www.unb.ca/fredericton/engineering
Dean: Chris Diduch, BScE, MScE, PhD, PEng
Associate Dean: Michel Couturier, BScE, MScE, PhD, PEng
Assistant Dean: Richard Tervo, BSc, MSc, PhD, PEng
Assistant Dean Year 1: Frank Collins, BScE, PEng

Degree programs in engineering (BScE) are offered by the Faculty of Engineering in the following disciplines:

Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Geomatics Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Degree programs which are offered jointly between the Faculty of Engineering and other Faculties are:

Geological Engineering: A BScE degree offered jointly with the Faculty of Science.
Software Engineering: A BScSwE degree offered jointly with the Faculty of Computer Science.

Students completing the above degree programs in Engineering will have fulfilled the academic requirements for licensure as a professional engineer in Canada. The following regulations apply to all of the above programs.

General Information

Engineering Entrance Program
Students admitted to the Engineering Entrance Program are considered fully-accepted students with an acceptance condition that the missing requirement be met by taking an approved University course before transfer to the First Year Engineering Program. Conditions of acceptance will be provided to the students with their letter of acceptance.

Entrance students must complete at least 12 credit hours per term and remain in good academic standing. Courses taken while enrolled in the Engineering Entrance Program will be considered for degree credit by the program into which the student is ultimately enrolled.

The Engineering Entrance Program is a terminal program. Students who fail to meet conditions of their acceptance or rules of the program within their first academic year will be required to withdraw from the Faculty. Students who withdraw in this manner will be eligible to apply for admission to other Faculties.

Transfer Credits (Complementary Studies Courses): Students admitted with advanced standing from non-university institutions must complete a minimum of 6 ch of complementary studies courses at a university. The intention is that engineering students complete at least half of their complementary studies courses (as defined by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board) in a university setting. A 70% minimum is required for transferring course credit from community colleges and a minimum grade of C (or 55% in the absence of a letter grade) is required for transferring course credit from another university.

Transfer Credits (other than Complementary Studies Courses): Other courses (Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, etc.) may be accepted for transfer credit according to accepted university practice. A 70% minimum is required for transferring course credit from community colleges and a minimum grade of C (or 55% in the absence of a letter grade) is required for transferring course credit from another university.

Options in Engineering: Most engineering students do not have to choose an option within their degree program, although there are several options available for students with particular interests. All departments offer a range of electives which provide opportunity for some degree of concentration. In order to graduate, a student must satisfy all program requirements.

The following options are elaborated upon in individual program descriptions on the following pages.

Biomedical Engineering Option
Cadastral Surveying Option
Computer Enginering Option
Energy Conversion Engineering Option
Mechatronics Option

Engineering and the Environment: Engineering practice and environmental concerns cannot be separated; therefore topics of environmental concern are fundamental to all engineering disciplines. Engineering students interested in the environment are encouraged to choose the discipline most closely related to their interest. The following list is not all inclusive, but gives some indication of possible areas of interest.

Air and Water Quality
Conservation and Management of Resources
Energy Conversion
Energy Utilization
Environmental Geotechnics
Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental Information Systems
Groundwater Development & Protection
Hazard Mapping
Instrumentation and Control
Integrated Renewable Resource Management
Machine/Environment Interactions
Mapping of Land and Water Resources
Monitoring of Topographic Change
Pollution Control
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Resource Operations Management
Waste Disposal
Water and Waste Water Treatment

Students with particular interest in environmental engineering topics are encouraged to pursue a Minor in Environmental Studies, which is available for concurrent study in the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management.

Minor in Engineering: Further to the general regulations in Section B. V of the UNB Undergraduate Calendar, engineering students may earn a minor from another engineering program. A minor consists of at least 24 credit hours of courses which are not core courses for the student's degree.

The courses used for a minor shall be chosen in consultation with the academic advisor in the student's home program and the academic advisor in the engineering program offering the minor. Students in a BScE or BScSWE program shall have the program designation of the minor shown on their transcript.  Designation of the minor shall be approved by the Office of the Dean of Engineering.

Minors are elaborated upon in individual program descriptions on the following pages.

Minor in Applied Science: Non-engineering students may take engineering courses from one or several engineering degree programs for a minor in Applied Science. The minor must consist of at least 24 credit hours of engineering courses which shall be approved by the Office of the Dean of Engineering and are not core courses for the student's degree.

1st Year Program

All students who enter Engineering directly from high school are enrolled initially as undeclared students (BSE.UNDC) and take a “Common First Term” of courses:

First Term
PHYS 1081
MATH 1003
MATH 1503
ENGG 1001, ENGG 1003, ENGG 1015
CS 1003

Undeclared students may apply for early enrolment into a program any time after confirming acceptance through a tuition deposit and before the end of Fall Term classes. This “Application for Early Enrolment” must be made through the Dean of Engineering Office. The Department offering the program and the Dean of Engineering approve program enrolments.

Students strongly considering software engineering are encouraged to apply for early enrolment immediately upon submitting their tuition deposit.

Students must indicate program preferences to the Dean of Engineering Office prior to the last day of Fall Term classes. Space may be limited in some programs. Enrolment to these programs will be based on space availability and competitive assessments of academic performance after first or second terms. All students who have been accepted to the Faculty are guaranteed a program of study by the end of their first year.

Students who remain BSE.UNDC for the winter semester in their first year are encouraged to seek academic advising on courses prior to the start of Winter Term.

General Regulations

  1. The minimum requirement for an engineering degree is the accumulation of 160 credit hours. Additional requirements may be found within the descriptions of individual programs
  2. Credit hours for courses are listed with course descriptions.
  3. Students should refer to Section B of this Calendar for regulations regarding academic probation and withdrawal.
  4. A minimum grade of C is required for all courses used for credit towards an engineering degree.
  5. A student who fails three times to achieve at least a "C" grade in any given course (excluding withdrawals and course attempts designated with the # notation) will be required to withdraw from the Engineering program.
  6. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree must be completed within eight calendar years of initial registration in the Faculty of Engineering. Students who do not complete their program requirements within this limit will be denied further registration in Engineering. This time limit includes all time during which a student is not in attendance either by personal choice or as a result of suspension or a requirement to withdraw. Extensions will be granted for fall or winter academic terms missed due to co-op work term placements. When a student encounters special circumstances that necessitate an absence from the University for an extended period of time, the student may apply to the Faculty for an extension to the degree time limit. Students transferring into a continuing degree program will have the time limit prorated on the basis of advance credit granted.

Engineering faculty complementary studies electives requirements:

a. To ensure that the spirit of Complementary Studies Electives is achieved, each Engineering student must take for credit at least one 3 ch course from one of the following humanities or social science disciplines: Anthropology, Classics, Literature (English, French, German, Spanish), History, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology.

b. No more than 3 ch of language courses, including ENGL 1103, may be used for credit as Complementary Studies Electives. Other language courses may be taken, but they would be extra to the degree.

c. University Studies courses (e.g. UNIV 0101) and Academic ESL courses (eg. AESL 1011) cannot be used for credit as Complimentary Studies Electives.

Regulations for Granting a Second UNB Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree

BScE students or graduates of UNB may apply for admission to and follow a program towards a second engineering undergraduate bachelor’s degree. The general regulations of the University and the regulations of the degree program concerned must be satisfied.

Normally, the minimum number of credit hours which must be successfully completed beyond the work required for the first degree would not be less than the normal load of the final academic year in the degree program concerned. More than the minimum number of credit hours, or courses, may be required.

The courses taken must be approved by the Dean and the Department under which the second degree falls. The final decision on the course work requirements for a second undergraduate bachelor’s degree shall be a matter of agreement between the Registrar and the Dean after consultation with the Chairs of Departments concerned.

The general regulation that at least half the credit hours for a degree must be taken at this University will apply.

Co-operative Education Programs in Engineering

The UNB Faculty of Engineering seeks to provide opportunities for students and employers to develop relationships that enhance the learning experience for students and present employers with skilled, motivated employees looking to make a career connection. To achieve this, the Faculty of Engineering, through its constituent departments, operates a co-operative education program (Co-op Program) based on established partnerships with selected employers.

The Co-op team liaises with the academic advisor in each department/program to ensure alignment between students’ academic and professional experience objectives. Additional oversight is provided by the Faculty of Engineering Co-op Committee. The effectiveness of the Co-op program in delivering the planned professional internship experience is closely monitored and assessed by the Co-op Office through interactions with the students, company personnel, and UNB.

Co-operative education is available within all engineering departments/programs. Work terms may be 4, 8, 12 or 16 months in duration and are generally interspersed with academic study terms. Specifics can be obtained from the Engineering and Science Co-op Program Office. Prior to applying for Co-op jobs, students will be oriented to the process and will be assisted in preparing resumes and for job interviews. A student retains their full-time student status while being on a Co-op work term.

Co-op Program Eligibility and Approval:

  1. Student must be registered as a full-time student in an undergraduate engineering degree program at UNB. 
  2. A student must be in good academic standing. However,
    1. A student who has completed the first term of engineering studies at UNB must have a Cumulative GPA of at least 2.7.
    2. A student in terms 2 to 4 of engineering studies at UNB must have a most recent Assessment GPA of at least 2.7.
  3. Eligibility and suitability to enrol in the Co-op program is assessed by the Co-op Office.
  4. A detailed degree continuation plan must be submitted by the student to the Co-op Office.
  5. The Co-op Office must inform the academic advisor that the student is planning to go on Co-op. A student's degree continuation plan must be included in the notification to the academic advisor.

Planning and Scheduling

  1. Work terms usually commence at the beginning of January, May, and September.
  2. Academic planning is done in consultation with the academic advisor or designate for the student's specific engineering program.

Co-op Work Term Requirements:

  1. Students must have completed at least two terms of full-time engineering-related courses at UNB prior to their first Co-op work term.
  2. A student who has completed the first year of full-time engineering-related courses at UNB will be limted to an intial summer work term of 4 months.
  3. A student who has completed two years of full-time engineering-related courses is eligible for work terms of 4 to 16 months.
  4. A student must inform the academic advisor and the Co-op Office in writing if they would like to extend a Co-op work term. The decision on the approval of the extension will be made by the Co-op Office.
  5. A co-op fee is charged for each 4-month portion of a work term.
  6. While on a work term, a student is limited to a maximum of one academic course per academic term. The academic course and the student's work term responsibilities cannot conflict with each other.
  7. After the student's final work term, the student must return to UNB for a final term of full-time engineering-related courses to complete their degree requirements.
  8. A student is limited to a maximum of 6 work terms totalling no more than 24 months.
  9. At the beginning of a work term, a student is enrolled in the student's program respective Co-op course. A student's evaluation by the employer will be taken into consideration with the final work term assessment determined by the Co-op Office. The Co-op work term grade will then be shown on the transcript as "Credit" (CR) or "No Credit" (NCR). 
  10. Co-op Education Designation is awarded upon graduation to those students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 months of work terms.

More information can be obtained from the Engineering and Science Co-op Program Office.