College of Engineering
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- Common First Year
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- Engineering Entrepreneurship Option
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- Prerequisite & Corequisite Legend
- Professional Communication Option
Academic Information & Policies
The following addresses college-level policies and information. For university-wide policies, please visit the U of S Policies and Regulations.
The program prescribed for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.) extends over four years. There are nine fields of specialization: Biological, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Engineering Physics, Environmental, Geological, and Mechanical Engineering. The work of the first year provides the theoretical and mathematical base necessary for specialization in the upper years, but at the same time shows how the fundamentals are applied to the solution of engineering problems.
Competence in writing and oral communication is expected in all courses in the College of Engineering
To receive a B.E. degree, students must meet the requirements of the program as listed in the specialization. Credit for equivalent courses taken previously, either from the University of Saskatchewan or another post-secondary institution, will only be given on a course by course basis, and will be subject to satisfying the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board criteria for Engineering Science and Engineering Design content. Approval for credit for equivalent courses must be obtained from the Engineering Student Centre.
Students must follow the program of study that was in place at the time of their entrance to the College of Engineering, recognizing that program and course changes may result in modification to the original program of study. It is recommended that students contact the Engineering Student Centre to confirm their program of study.
Students are normally required to take the course load for their particular year and program. A student may not take more than the normal course load except with permission of the Engineering Student Centre.
Some upper year engineering electives and electives in other colleges are not offered every year. Students should check with their department academic advisor when planning their third and fourth year course selections.
This is a depth of study which prescribes a suite of courses that provides students additional expertise and specialized training in one aspect of their major. Typically, a concentration will be similar in requirements to a minor, but the majority of coursework will occur within the student’s major field of study rather than outside of it. Colleges have developed a variety of terms for concentrations (option, specialization within a major, themes, streams, etc.). Please see the University Nomenclature Report for more details: http://www.usask.ca/university_secretary/council/nomenclaturereport2011.php
B.E. Program (Prior to 2006)
Please contact the Engineering Student Centre for program requirements to complete the B.E. degree.
Second Degree Programs
It is possible to undertake programs which lead to a degree in both Engineering and Arts & Science. Students wishing to take a second degree program should check with the Undergraduate Offices of the College of Arts & Science and the College of Engineering.
University of Saskatchewan Engineering Summer Study Abroad Program
The University of Saskatchewan Summer Study Abroad Program (Spring/Summer Session) is operated in cooperation with the University of Nebraska. Participating students may receive some credit towards B.E. programs at the University of Saskatchewan by enrolling in CE 472.3 Study Abroad: European Structures. For details on the program in the current year and course credits, contact the Department of Civil and Geological Engineering.
For information on study abroad opportunities at the University of Saskatchewan, please visit the Go Abroad website.
Students who have an average greater than 70% in the last two years of their undergraduate program are encouraged to continue their studies at the graduate level. This will enable them to specialize or broaden their undergraduate training and earn a Postgraduate Diploma, a Master of Engineering Degree, a Master of Science Degree or a Doctor of Philosophy Degree. Students who are interested in these programs should consult the College of Graduate Studies and Research section.
Please contact the Engineering Student Centre for information on other engineering programs not offered at the University of Saskatchewan.
Registration and Program Changes
Although the College of Engineering may review and audit all
engineering registrations, all students are responsible for ensuring
that their registration is complete and consistent with the regulations
of the College of Engineering. It is the student's
responsibility to determine whether they have the prerequisites for
courses they wish to take. Failure to adhere to these regulations may
result in a cancellation of registration.
Grades of INF, ABF, WF awarded prior to May 2005 will be recorded on the transcript as awarded, but will be considered as 30% for calculating weighted averages. In accordance with revisions to the University's Examination and Grading Regulations, effective May 2012, the grade of WF will no longer accompany the computed grade.
Students may be given approval by the Engineering Student Centre to replace one or more courses in the Engineering program by registering in equivalent courses in other colleges. This approval may also be obtained for courses which are to be repeated, but the minimum promotion requirements are transferred to the replacement course. Approval of course substitutions is contingent on satisfying the criteria of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.
Students who have been Required to Discontinue, or have been absent for one or more terms, must apply to Admissions for re-admission to the College. Although the College makes every effort to respond to program needs of students returning after an absence of a year or more, the College has no responsibility to provide previous courses or their equivalent; rather, the student's program must be adjusted.
Entry into the College of Engineering at the first year level is limited by an admissions quota. There are enrolment limits for all departments or programs of engineering beginning in second year and continuing into the upper years. Admission to, or continuation within, a program is based upon the applicant's academic performance in the preceding year. Students entering second year are accepted on a priority basis due to the enrolment limits in each program. For further information please see the College of Engineering website.
Dean's Honour Roll
Once a year, the Dean of Engineering honours those students who have achieved high academic standing. Recognition for this accomplishment is posted annually on the Dean's Honour Roll displayed within the College. The students on the Dean's Honour Roll will also be recognized at the annual Awards Ceremony.
Recognition on the Dean's Honour Roll is given to all students who have earned an average of 77% or better on at least 24 credit units taken during the academic year (September to April).
To be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree (B.E.), a student must have obtained a pass standing in all of the courses required by the specific program in accordance with the rules and regulations of the College of Engineering and the University. These requirements must be completed within a ten-year period. Under exceptional circumstances, the College may grant an extension.
Degrees with Distinction
The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering with Distinction or Great Distinction will be conferred on the basis of high academic standing in the courses of the second, third and fourth years. Students graduating with a three-year Cumulative Weighted Average (C.W.A.) of greater than or equal to 77% but less than 82% will be granted Distinction, and students graduating with a three-year C.W.A. of greater than or equal to 82% will be granted Great Distinction.
The programs in Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering*, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Environmental Engineering, Geological Engineering and Mechanical Engineering offered by the College of Engineering have been reviewed by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers. All programs have received the Board’s approval and have been granted accreditation.
*The Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering Program has been renamed to Biological Engineering. Students will graduate with the Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering Degree until Spring 2013, after which students will graduate with a Biological Engineering Degree.
Students in their graduating year may apply for supplemental examinations to be written during the regular supplemental examination period.
Students' academic progress in their Engineering program is determined on the basis of their performance during the Fall and Winter Terms. Performance is judged on the basis of the Sessional Weighted Average (S.W.A.) and the number of credit units failed. Credit is given for courses satisfactorily completed during Spring and Summer Terms, but the grades obtained are not used to alter the ruling made on a student's performance during the previous Fall and Winter terms.
Students with reduced course loads are required to maintain the same academic standards as students with normal course loads.
Sessional Weighted Average (S.W.A.)
For details on the weighted average calculation, see the weighted averages heading in the Examinations and Grading section.
Sessional Weighted Average greater than or equal to 60%
Advised to Discontinue* - Students in this category are Advised to Discontinue their studies for at least one year but are not required to do so. Students who return must repeat the year (see "Repeat the Year"). Students in this category must repeat all courses below 60% in their first year back. This regulation is strictly enforced and it is the responsibility of the student to register in all repeat courses.
Required to Discontinue* - Students in this category are not eligible to register in the College for at least one academic year. Subsequently they must submit an application for readmission. Students must repeat the year (see "Repeat the Year"). If students transfer to another college or post-secondary institution during their Required to Discontinue year and subsequently transfer back to the College of Engineering, they will receive credit for courses taken toward the B.E. degree at the discretion of the College.
Repeat the Year* - Students in this category must repeat those courses taken during a previous academic session in which they received a grade of less than 60%. Students in this category must repeat all courses below 60% in their first year back. This regulation is strictly enforced and it is the responsibility of the student to register in all repeat courses. Students must receive a weighted average of 60% or greater on the repeated courses or they will beRequired to Withdraw.
Required to Withdraw - Students are not normally permitted to repeat the year more than once in their program. The second time they are Advised to Discontinue or Required to Discontinue, they will be Required to Withdraw from the College of Engineering. Only under exceptional circumstances will subsequent readmission be considered.
Students who are Required to Discontinue or Required to Withdraw and could complete the requirements for the degree in one academic year may petition the Student Academic Affairs Committee for permission to return immediately. Permission to return will be at the discretion of the Student Academic Affairs Committee. Such a petition will only be considered once during the entire program of studies of a student.
Students may also be Required to Withdraw for other reasons such as unethical conduct or academic misconduct.
*Students who are Advised to Discontinue or Required to Discontinue will be placed on academic probation, and will be “Required to Withdraw” if the criteria for “Advised to Discontinue” or “Required to Discontinue” is met during a future academic session.
The practice of Engineering throughout Canada is regulated by Professional Associations in each province. The right to practice and accept professional responsibility is limited to those who are registered with the professional organization in the particular province concerned. In Saskatchewan, this organization is the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS). Graduates are encouraged to join the Association as Engineers in Training. Normally, four years of acceptable experience following graduation are part of the requirements needed to register as a Professional Engineer, but up to one year of EPIP experience may be considered acceptable by APEGS.
The practicing engineer keeps abreast of technological developments through membership in one of several technical societies. Students in Engineering may become student members of such technical societies as the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, the Canadian Society for Bioengineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Society for Automotive Engineers or the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Engineering students are encouraged to join the societies closest to their specialty.
The Saskatoon Engineering Student Society of the university is a voluntary organization of students within the college. Its objective is to promote academic, social and athletic interests of the student body.
The term prerequisite, as applied to a course offered by the College of Engineering, without further qualification, means that a pass standing has been attained in the prerequisite course.
If the prerequisite course is qualified by the term "taken", a minimum grade of 40% is required in the prerequisite course.
Prerequisites for courses as they appear in the Course & Program Catalogue are the immediate prerequisites assuming that all previous prerequisites have been satisfied. Please note that although the prerequisites stated, for example, for GE 226 are:
Taken: MATH 223
Prerequisite: GE 125
Prerequisite checking at the time of registration will check for the complete prerequisite chain:
Taken: MATH 223
Prerequisites: MATH 123 and MATH 124 and GE 124 and GE 125
In exceptional cases the Engineering Student Centre, on the recommendation of the Department Head, or chair of departmental undergraduate affairs, may grant permission for a student to register in a course without having the prerequisite course(s). This permission may be granted only to students who have demonstrated superior performance in the program, students with a lighter than normal load, or students whose previous experience has involved sufficient exposure to the subject matter. Students receiving such permission will be responsible for obtaining sufficient knowledge of the prerequisite material to successfully complete the course for which they are registering. If a prerequisite course is a required course in the program, it must be successfully completed before graduation.