FAQs

undergrad-faq

Placement

Q: My first choice was to be placed in a Department Undergraduate Program; however I was placed in my second (or third) choice. Can I be placed in a Department Undergraduate Program?

A: 2nd Year Placement Reconsideration Appeals: Appeals for 2nd year placement reconsideration are processed by Engineering Student Services (ESS). Students appealing for 2nd year placement reconsideration are asked to contact ESS.

Q: I have finished my 2nd year and would like to transfer into a Department Undergraduate Program. Can I do so?

A1: Inter-Departmental Program Transfer (e.g. CHBE or CHML to MECH, CIVL, IGEN, etc.): Requests for inter-departmental program transfers are processed by Engineering Student Services (ESS). Students requesting an inter-departmental program transfer are asked to contact ESS.

A2: Intra-Departmental Program Transfer (i.e. from CHBE to CHML or vice versa): Requests for intra-departmental program transfers are subject to program availability and permission of a program advisor. Students requesting an intra-departmental program transfer must submit an email by May 15th to advising@chbe.ubc.ca. Be sure to include:

  1. Name
  2. Student number
  3. Written request for intra-departmental program transfer
  4. Personal statement (i.e. rationalize your request)

Registration

Q: I have already received credit for standard time table (STT) courses and cannot register in a STT. What should I do?

A: STT Flag Removal: Students facing this situation are asked to send an email to undergrad@chbe.ubc.ca. Be sure to include your name, your student number, the STT course you completed, and the STT in which you want to enroll.

Q: I want to take courses outside of UBC and receive credit for them towards meeting a course requirement of a Department Undergraduate Program. Can I do so?

A: Taking Courses Outside UBC Requests: Requests to take courses outside UBC are processed by Engineering Student Services (ESS). Students requesting to take courses outside of UBC are asked to contact ESS.

Q: I took courses before entering UBC and/or being placed in a Department Undergraduate Engineering Program that I want use towards meeting a course requirement of a Department Undergraduate Program. How can I do so?

A1: Transfer credits: Courses taken outside of UBC for which there is an equivalent, recognized UBC course may be granted ‘transfer credit’ at UBC. These transfer credits are processed by Engineering Student Services (ESS) when a student is admitted to the Faculty of Applied Science.

A2: Course Equivalency: Prior to being placed in a Department Undergraduate Engineering Program, credit received for UBC courses that have sufficient coverage with a core course can be considered ‘equivalent’ to said core course. In such cases, that core course requirement of a Department Undergraduate Engineering Program can be waived. Students requesting course equivalency are asked to contact (1) Engineering Student Services (ESS) for First Year Program courses or (2) advising@chbe.ubc.ca for Department courses. Be sure to include your name, your email, and the courses for which you are requesting equivalency.

Q: I am interested in registering for two courses, but I cannot due to them being offered at the same time (e.g. course conflict/clash). How do I go about registering for these two courses?

A: Course Conflict Registration Form: Course requirements and registration restrictions are strictly followed. Only in exceptional cases will a student be permitted to register in conflicting courses. In such exceptional cases, students requesting enrollment are asked to use a Course Conflict Registration Form and request permission from the course instructor. Permission is granted only at the discretion of each individual instructor and ultimately the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

Q: I would like to enroll in a Department course, but cannot due to a course requirement or registration restriction. What should I do in this case?

A: Registration/Change of Registration Form: Course requirements and registration restrictions are strictly followed. Only in exceptional cases will a course requirement or registration restriction be waived allowing for enrollment. In such exceptional cases, students requesting enrollment are asked to use a  Registration/Change of Registration Form and request permission from the course instructor. Permission is granted at the discretion of each individual instructor.

Communication Requirement

Q: What is the Communication Requirement?

A: The Department recognizes that good communication skills in English are essential to the understanding of course material and to the successful practice of engineering. Students demonstrate proficiency in English communication by completing ENGL112 and CHBE201. Students are strongly encouraged to complete ENGL112 in their first year and CHBE201 in their second year. Students taking longer to complete this requirement can face registration restrictions. For more information visit the Engineering – Degree Requirements page.

Q: I have not yet completed LPI/ENGL112/CHBE201 and am now restricted in the number of credits for which I can register. In what courses should I register?

A: Students facing this situation are advised to meet with a Department undergraduate program advisor who will work with them to develop a timetable. To arrange a meeting with a Department undergraduate program advisor, send an email to advising@chbe.ubc.ca. Be sure to include your name, your student number, and a Department undergraduate program advisor meeting request.

Technical Electives Requirement

Q: What is a technical elective? What is the requirement?

A: Technical electives are courses with significant technical (i.e. math, natural science, and/or engineering) content that are not equivalent to core courses in the Department Undergraduate Engineering Program. They must generally be 300- or 400-level courses with a few exceptions. Consult our Technical Electives page for more information.

Q: I would like to take a course as a technical elective that is not on the approved technical electives list. How can I get this course applied towards my technical elective requirement?

A: Such a course must generally be a 300- or 400-level course with few exceptions. A student with such a request are advised to meet with a program advisor who will evaluate the request. To arrange a meeting with a program advisor, send an email to advising@chbe.ubc.ca. Be sure to include your name, your student number, and relevant details.

Complementary Studies Electives Requirement

Q: What is a complementary studies elective? What is the requirement?

A: Complementary studies electives are generally non-technical courses that the Department requires its undergraduate students to take to fulfill its accreditation requirements. The requirement is as follows:

  • Professional Development: 2 credits from APSC450
  • Communication: 6 credits – 3 credits from ENGL112 and 3 credits from CHBE201
  • Engineering Economics: 3 credits from CHBE459
  • Impact of Technology on Society: 3 credits from approved courses
  • Humanities and Social Sciences: 6 credits

Consult UBC Engineering’s Degree Requirements page for further information.

Absences

Q: I am interested in a student professional development and/or leadership opportunity, but I will have to miss scheduled coursework. What can I do?

A: Course Absence Request: Students are responsible for completing any missed scheduled coursework. Nevertheless, the Department is supportive of students who wish to pursue student professional development and/or leadership opportunities. In such cases, students request course absences are asked to complete a Course Absence Request.

Professional Development

Q: What is the Engineering Co-op Program? How can I join?

A: The Engineering Co-op Program enhances students’ education with paid, relevant, technical work experience. Students can join the Program in their 2nd or 3rd year of a Department Undergraduate Engineering Program. For more information, please consult the Engineering Co-op Program website.