Q: What courses do I take in first year?
A: First year engineering students take a year general to all ten departments and programs. The curriculum for this year includes engineering case studies, computer programming, chemistry, English, math (derivatives, integrals and linear algebra), physics, mechanics and a complementary studies elective. The full curriculum can be found on the Engineering web page (www.engineering.ubc.ca).
Q: What are the requirements to get into Mech from first year engineering?
A: There are two routes by which you can join the Mech Department: GPA-based admission and broad-based admission. GPA-based admission is the system common to most engineering departments and represents about 90 of the 120 spaces in Mech. The Department also understands that marks do not fully indicate a person, and so there is an additional broad-based admission procedure. It is designed for students who fall below the GPA cut-off but are able to demonstrate a strong potential to succeed in Mech. Applicants are evaluated based on all-around ability, achievements, and interest in mechanical engineering. There are 30 places reserved for broad-based admission. Historically, the GPA cut-off has been about 75%, with most broad-based admissions within the range 70-75%. You do not need to apply for broad-based admission in advance. You will be invited by e-mail (in June or July) should your GPA place you as a candidate for broad-based admission. Be sure to keep your UBC e-mail listing up to date!
Q: What type of computer will I need?
A: Mechanical Engineering has several student-use computer labs. These computers have all of the technical programs you will need to complete your courses. Access at home to email, a web browser and a word processor is very helpful, as the labs do close at night, and there are sometimes classes booked into them during the day.
Last reviewed 12/15/2009 9:58:28 AM