The following college-level policies are subject to University Council Regulations. In the absence of information, or in the case of discrepancies between University and College regulations, University regulations will prevail. Please note that students will graduate according to the regulations effective for the year in which they are approved to graduate. In all other cases, the most current rules will apply, unless otherwise stated.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.) Degree

Program of Study

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.) degree program at the University of Saskatchewan is four years in duration. All undergraduate students complete a common first-year which provides the theoretical, mathematical, and problem-solving foundations necessary for specialization in the upper-year of studies.

Once the common first-year is completed, undergraduate students can specialize in one of eight upper-year programs (or fields of study): Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Geological, Mechanical Engineering, or Engineering Physics. Further concentration is optional within select programs.

Program Requirements

To be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.) degree, undergraduate students must meet all program requirements prescribed for their field of study.

Undergraduate students are required to follow the prescribed program of study that was in place at the time of their admission into an upper-year program. Given that approved curricular changes may result in modifications to program requirements, it is recommended that students consult an Academic Advisor within the Engineering Student Centre to confirm their program of study.

Accreditation

All eight undergraduate programs offered by the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan have been granted accreditation status by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) of Engineers Canada.

Second Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.) program can be completed in conjunction with a second degree program offered by the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan. The length of time required to complete a second degree program is in excess of four years.

For planning purposes, undergraduate students interested in completing a second degree program are encouraged to speak with an Academic Advisor in the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Science.

Graduate Studies

Undergraduate students who maintain an average greater or equal to 70% in the last two years of their undergraduate studies should consider continuing their studies at the graduate level. This will enable them to specialize in 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 interested in these program should consult the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Admission into an Upper-Year Program (Field of Study)

College Admissions

The College of Engineering offers direct-entry into the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.) program. Prospective students are permitted to apply into a common first-year program directly from high school, from another college within the University of Saskatchewan, or from an external post-secondary institution. For further information on the admission process, please visit the University of Saskatchewan Admission website.

Choosing an Upper-Year Program

The College of Engineering does not offer direct-entry into specific upper-year programs in the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.) program. The college-level Program Admission Policy prescribes requirements for admission into the eight upper-year programs. Each year, program admission criteria and enrollment limits are established by each department for their respective academic fields. For further information on, please review the Program Admission Policy.

Registered Students

Beginning of March of each academic year, undergraduate students registered in the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.) program whose fields of study are listed as undeclared are able to apply into a specific upper-year programs. To do so, undergraduate students must declare their primary, secondary, and tertiary program choice in PAWS. Once all applications are received, the College of Engineering will verify that the students meet the Program Admission Policy criteria for each program. Students who meet these criteria will be ranked competitively amongst one another. Admissions into upper-year programs will be awarded until enrollment limits in each program are met.

Prospective Students

Prospective students who apply for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.) program and have completed previous post-secondary education are required to apply into a common first-year program. Once an offer of admission has been made, the College of Engineering will review the applicant’s academic history and identify if the applicant meets the college-level Program Admission Policy criteria for the current academic year. If the criteria are met, the applicant will be requested to list and rank (in order of preference) three upper-year programs they wish to pursue. In turn, they will be ranked competitively amongst registered students for admission into their stated program preference. Once admission is awarded, their student records will be adjusted from undeclared studies to a specific upper-year program (field of study) by the College of Engineering.

Class Registration - APEGS Applicants

Prospective students who have been required by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) to complete engineering-related coursework are required to apply for admission to the University of Saskatchewan. They should apply using the visiting student application provided by the Office of Admission and Transfer Credit.

Once admitted, the applicant is required to consult with an Academic Advisor. The advisor will assist in securing appropriate class registration permissions. It is recommended that APEGS applicants plan their academic coursework at least 6 months in advance of their expected start date.

For general enquiries or to schedule an academic advising appointment, please contact the Engineering Student Centre via telephone (1-306-966-5274) or via email (esc@usask.ca).

Class Registration - Arts and Science Students

Effective September 2014, undergraduate students registered in the College of Arts and Science can petition to register in engineering-specific courses. To do so, prospective students are required to complete a Restriction Override Form for Non-Engineering Students and submit the completed form to the Engineering Student Centre.

Once received, the College of Engineering will review each petition and inform the applicant if their request has been approved or denied. Various factors are considered in reviewing each petition, including but not limited to: prerequisite requirements being met, registration capacity, an applicant’s academic history, and other factors deemed relevant.

Registration into engineering-specific courses is prioritized for undergraduate students registered in the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.) program. The College of Engineering does not guarantee that a petition made by students registered in other programs will be approved. Additionally, being authorized to register in engineering-specific courses does not constitute or guarantee admission into the College of Engineering.

Class Registration - First-Year Engineering Students

The College of Engineering does not register newly admitted students in first-year courses. It is expected that these students familiarize themselves with program requirements and registration processes promptly after accepting an offer of admission at the University of Saskatchewan.

Various resources are available to newly-admitted students to assist them in understanding program requirements and registration processes. For instance, the University of Saskatchewan students’ website provides information on many university procedures, including programs, classes, registration, and other essentials. The students tab on the College of Engineering website contains many other useful resources, including a first-year registration guide, program maps, and sample program timetables.

The Engineering Student Centre has multiple support staff who can provide assistance to newly admitted students. For general enquiries or to schedule an academic advising appointment, please contact the Engineering Student Centre via telephone (1-306-966-5274) or via email (esc@usask.ca).

Class Registration - Upper-Year Engineering Students

The College of Engineering does not register undergraduate students in academic courses. It is expected that these students familiarize themselves with program requirements and registration processes, and applicable deadlines each year at the University of Saskatchewan.

The Engineering Student Centre staff provide assistance and referral for various services, including registration. For general enquiries or to schedule an academic advising appointment, please contact the Engineering Student Centre via telephone (1-306-966-5274) or via email (esc@usask.ca).

Class Registration - Visiting Other Institutions

Undergraduate students often complete academic courses at other post-secondary institutions with the intention of transferring credit back to the University of Saskatchewan.

The College of Engineering requires students who wish to complete coursework at another post-secondary institution to speak with an Academic Advisor in the Engineering Student Centre and to secure a letter of permission before completing any external coursework. Failure to do so may result in the College of Engineering disallowing the transfer credit from being applied to their Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program.

Prerequisite Requirements and Overrides

Prerequisites are prescribed for academic courses to ensure that students have the foundational knowledge needed for academic success. As a result, it is expected that undergraduate students complete all required prerequisites prior to registering in an advanced course. Only under exceptional circumstances will the College of Engineering approve prerequisite overrides.

Prerequisite requirements are listed in the Course Descriptions section of this Catalogue. A final grade of 50% or greater must be attained in the prerequisite course in order to register in the subsequent course.

Select courses listed in the Course and Program Catalogue have a prerequisite listed in the course description accompanied by the work “taken” in brackets. For these courses, achieving a final grade of 40% or greater will permit registration in the subsequent course; however, a final grade of 50% will be required in order for an official pass in the course to be achieved.

To request a prerequisite override, undergraduate students are required to meet with their Undergraduate Chair and provide evidence which indicates they have obtained the foundational knowledge contained in the prerequisite course. If the Undergraduate Chair is convinced that the student has such knowledge, they may recommend to the Associate Dean Academic that a prerequisite override be granted. In turn, the Associate Dean Academic will either approve or deny the prerequisite or corequisite override request.

Timetable Conflicts

The College of Engineering does not approve or permit timetable conflicts under any circumstance. This restriction is strictly enforced to ensure that all eight undergraduate programs comply with national accreditation standards related to instructor-student contact hours.

Registered students who experience complications with their academic schedules are encouraged to consult an Academic Advisor in the Engineering Student Centre.

Laboratory Exemptions

To be awarded academic credit, undergraduate students are required to complete all requirements, including attending laboratory sections, for courses in their program of study. Laboratory exemptions are only granted under certain circumstances.

To request a laboratory exemption, undergraduate students are required to meet with the instructor of the course and provide evidence which indicates they have obtained the foundational knowledge contained in the laboratory section. If the instructor of the course is convinced that the student has such knowledge, the student is required to complete a Class Permit and Override Form and attain a signature from the course instructor. The completed form must be brought to the Engineering Student Centre for processing.

Academic Performance

Academic Probation (Faculty Actions)

A student’s academic performance is judged on the basis of their sessional weight average (SWA). A sessional weighted average incorporates the final grade a student achieves in every course taken during the fall and winter academic terms. Students whose performance does not satisfy the expectations of the College of Engineering will receive one of three faculty actions:

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" below). 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" below). 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.

Required to Withdraw

If a student receives a second faculty action of any type, they will be Required to Withdraw from the College of Engineering. Students are permitted to appeal this faculty action; however, only under exceptional circumstances will appeals for readmission be considered.

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 be Required to Withdraw.

It is imperative to note that students with reduced course loads are required to maintain the same academic standards as students with normal course loads.

For further information on academic discipline, please review the college-level Academic Discipline: Faculty Actions and Associated Appeal Processes policy. Appeals of evaluation, grading, and academic standing are governed by University-wide Council Regulations.

Dean’s Honour Roll

Each year, the College of Engineering honours those students who have achieved high academic standing. Recognition for this accomplishment is posted annually on the Dean’s Honour Roll display within the College. These students are also recognized at the annual Awards Ceremony.

To be recognized on the Dean’s Honour Roll, undergraduate students who complete a minimum of 24 credit units must have obtained a sessional weighted average of 77% or greater on all courses completed in a given academic year (September to April).

Progression Standards

To progress from one year in program to another, undergraduate students must meet certain criteria.

To progress from year 1 to year 2, undergraduate students must have declared a field of study. Further details on this process are listed under the “Program Admissions” section in the Course and Program Catalogue.

After second year, to progress from one year-in-program to the next, undergraduate students are required to have completed 70% of the prescribed program of study for their current year-in-program. A student’s year-in-program is changed during the spring and summer term each academic year.

Students must maintain a Fall/Winter Session average of 60% or better. Failing grades for the session are included in the session average.

December Withdrawal

In the event that a newly admitted student has a poor academic performance in the Fall Session of their first year of studies in the College of Engineering, the College will allow that student to pause their studies for the Winter Session provided they withdraw from all term two courses before the add/drop deadline. For full details, see the December Withdrawal Policy.

Retroactive Withdrawal

Students registered in the College of Engineering can appeal for retroactive withdrawal, as defined in the Academic Courses Policy, based on serious personal circumstances. For details on what serious personal circumstances include, deadlines and appeal documentation, please see the Retroactive Withdrawal Guiding Principles.

Examinations

In compliance with university-level requirements, the College of Engineering has approved college-level policies and procedures governing deferred, special deferred, and supplemental examinations.

It is the responsibility of all students registered in the College of Engineering to familiarize themselves with the college-level Examination Accommodation Policy: Deferred and Supplemental Final Examination Policy. Supplemental and deferred examination procedures and policies are subject to the university-wide regulations on supplemental and deferred examinations outlined in the Academic Courses Policy. For the regular supplemental and deferred examination schedule, students should refer to the Academic Calendar.

For further information on this policy and associated procedures, or to schedule an academic advising appointment, please contact the Engineering Student Centre via telephone (1-306-966-5274) or via email (esc@usask.ca).

Graduation

Graduation Requirements

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 of Saskatchewan. These requirements must be completed within a ten-year period. Under exceptional circumstances, the College of Engineering may grant an extension.

Degrees with Distinction

The College of Engineering will consider a student’s performance in second, third, and fourth-year courses for purposes of conferring a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E) degree with Distinction or Great Distinction.

The University of Saskatchewan will confer a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.) degree with Distinction to students who graduate with a three-year cumulative program average of greater than or equal to 77% but less than 82%.

The University of Saskatchewan will confer a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E) degree with Great Distinction to students who graduate with a three-year cumulative program average of equal to or greater than 82%.