Undergraduate Calendar 2007-2008

University of Waterloo
F I R S T - Y E A R     E N G I N E E R I N G  

All students enrolling in either the BASc or BSE degree, at the time of admission, will be registered in one of the programs listed below.
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Geological Engineering
Management Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mechatronics Engineering
Nanotechnology Engineering
Software Engineering
Systems Design Engineering

Even though students in First Year (BASc) are registered in different programs, the studies at this level, except those in Systems Design Engineering, are co-ordinated by the Engineering Undergraduate Office.

One of the aims of the Engineering Undergraduate Office is to make the transition from a secondary school level study to university level study as smooth as possible. Academically, this transition is promoted by having many of the first year of Engineering courses build directly upon corresponding courses at the senior secondary school level.

Many aspects associated with the transition from high school study to university study are facilitated by the Engineering Undergraduate Office. For example, most First Year Engineering courses are organized to promote the study skills and work habits which will lead to academic and professional success. Study skills workshops run throughout the 1A and 1B terms. Students diagnosed with weak background knowledge or skills are invited to participate in GENE 119, Problems Seminar, a non-credit course to help students develop engineering knowledge and problem solving skills. For students with questions about career development or personal concerns, the University Counselling Services provides a wide range of services in the Engineering Undergraduate Office. First year students with questions about their first year courses or progress should contact the advisor listed below.
Degree and Program of Study
First Year Advisor
BASc (Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Geological, Management, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Nanotechnology Engineering)
Associate Director First Year Engineering 
BASc (Systems Design Engineering)
Associate Chair Systems Design Engineering
BSE (Software Engineering)
Associate Director Software Engineering

The curriculum for all First Year Engineering (BASc) students is designed to provide a strong foundation of mathematical and scientific knowledge, a survey of the engineering sciences used in all disciplines of engineering, and an introduction to the engineering profession and engineering science as it pertains to the student's discipline. Students entering First Year of Engineering must enrol in the courses indicated in Table A.

Table A - First Year BASc and BSE Courses
Academic Program Courses
  Term 1A
Chemical CHE 100 CHE 102 MATH 115 MATH 116 PHYS 115  
Civil CIVE 125 CHE 102 MATH 115 MATH 116 PHYS 115  
Computer and Electrical ECE 150 CHE 102 MATH 115 MATH 117 PHYS 115 GENE 167
Environmental ENVE 100 CHE 102 MATH 115 MATH 116 PHYS 115  
Geological ENVE 100 CHE 102 MATH 115 MATH 116 PHYS 115  

MSCI 100

CHE 102 MATH 115 MATH 116 PHYS 115  
Mechanical ME 100 CHE 102 MATH 115 MATH 116 PHYS 115  
Mechatronics MTE 100 CHE 102 MATH 115 MATH 116 GENE 121  
Nanotechnology ± MATH 117 NE 112 NE 113 NE 121 NE 131  
Systems Design ± SYDE 161 SYDE 183 SYDE 121 SYDE 111 SYDE 181 SYDE 101
Software Engineering (BSE) SE 101 MATH 115 MATH 117 MATH 135 PHYS 115 CS 133
  Term 1B
Chemical CHE 121 GENE 123 MATH 118 CHE 161 CHE 101 CSE 1*
Civil CIVE 121 GENE 123 MATH 118 CIVE 127 CIVE 153 CSE 1*
Computer ± ECE 103 ECE 100 MATH 119 PHYS 125 MSCI 261  
Electrical ± ECE 104 ECE 100 MATH 119 PHYS 125 MSCI 261  
Environmental CIVE 121 GENE 123 MATH 118 ENVE 127 ENVE 153 CSE 1*
Geological CIVE 121 GENE 123 MATH 118 ENVE 127 GEOE 153 CSE 1*
Management GENE 121 GENE 123 MATH 118 PHYS 125 ME 135 MSCI 261
Mechanical GENE 121 ME 123 MATH 118 PHYS 125 ME 215 MSCI 261
Mechatronics ± MTE 120 MTE 140 MATH 118 MTE 111 MTE 119 CSE 1*
Nanotechnology ± NE 100 NE 115 MATH 119 NE 122 NE 125 NE 141
Systems Design ± SYDE 192 SYDE 114 SYDE 112 SYDE 182 SYDE 142  
Software Engineering (BSE) ± SE 112 SE 141 MATH 119 MSCI 261 CHE 102 CS 134

* CSE means Complementary Studies elective
± These programs also have a seminar: (ECE 102, MTE 100B, NE 101, 102, SYDE 101, 102, SE 102)


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