Engineering First Year 

(Previously known as Intermediate Year)

Eng Core

‌Entry to the First Year

Studying the Engineering First Year is possible for all students who meet the entry requirements

What to take at school

To ensure you have the best preparation for studying engineering at UC there are certain subjects you should be taking at school.  Check the Pathways in Engineering document for details. 

The University of Canterbury does not use NCEA rank scores.

What to take in your First Year

The courses you are required to take for a standard Engineering First Year depend on the engineering discipline(s) you wish to study in the Specialist Years.

The Engineering First Year Required Courses Chart outlines which courses are required for each of the engineering disciplines.

If you are unsure of which elective course(s) to take as part of your First Year, have a look at our list of Recommended Elective Courses below. 

Recommended electives split by discipline

Course Semester Description
CHCH 101 S2 Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation
ECON 104 S1 & S2 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 105 S1 & S2 Introduction to Macroeconomics
EDUC 101 S2 Spark! How & What People Learn
ENGL 117 / WRIT101 S1 & S2 Writing for Academic Success
MGMT 100 S1 & S2 Fundamentals of Management
MKTG 100 S1 & S2 Principles of Marketing
STAT 101 S1 & S2 Statistics 1
Course Semester Description
CHEM 112 S2 Structure and Reactivity
ENVR 101 S2 Introduction to Environmental Science
FORE 102 S1 & S2 Forests and Societies
FORE 105 S1 & S2 Forests of the World
FORE 111 S1 Trees, Forest and the Environment
FORE 131 S2 Trees in the Landscape
FORE 141 S2 Forest Growth and Measurements
FORE 151 S1 Commercial Aspects of Forestry
GEOG 106 S2 Global Environmental Change
GEOG 109 S1 Physical Geography: Earth, Ocean, Atmosphere
GEOG 110 S1 People, Places and Environments  
GEOL 111 S1 Planet Earth: An Introduction to Geology
GEOL 113 S2 Geohazards
GEOL 115 S2 The Dynamic Earth System
PHYS 102 S2 Engineering Physics B: Modern Physics and Electromagnetism (2)
Course Semester Description
BIOL 116 S2 Human Biology
CHEM 112 S2 Structure and Reactivity
PHYS 102 S2 Engineering Physics B: Modern Physics and Electromagnetism (2)
PROD 111 S1 Materials Science for Design
Course Semester Description
BIOL 111 S1 Cellular Biology and Biochemistry
BIOL 112 S2 Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
CHEM 112 S2 Structure and Reactivity
PHYS 102 S2 Engineering Physics B: Modern Physics and Electromagnetism (2)
Course Semester Description
CHEM 112 S2 Structure and Reactivity
ENVR 101 S2 Introduction to Environmental Science
FORE 102 S1 & S2 Forests and Societies
FORE 105 S1 & S2 Forests of the World
FORE 111 S1 Trees, Forest and the Environment
FORE 131 S2 Trees in the Landscape
FORE 141 S2 Forest Growth and Measurements
FORE 151 S1 Commercial Aspects of Forestry
GEOG 106 S2 Global Environmental Change
GEOG 109 S1 Physical Geography: Earth, Ocean, Atmosphere
GEOG 110 S1 People, Places and Environments  
GEOL 111 S1 Planet Earth: An Introduction to Geology
GEOL 113 S2 Geohazards
GEOL 115 S2 The Dynamic Earth System
PHYS 102 S2 Engineering Physics B: Modern Physics and Electromagnetism (2)
Course Semester Description
BIOL 116 S2 Human Biology
COSC 122 S2 Introduction to Computer Science
DIGI101 / COSC101 S1 Working in a Digital World
DIGI 102 S2 Computers, Artificial Intelligence, and the Information Society
PHYS 102 S2 Engineering Physics B: Modern Physics and Electromagnetism (2)
PROD 111 S1 Materials Science for Design
Course Semester Description
COSC 122 S2 Introduction to Computer Science - Compulsory for Software Engineering
DIGI101 / COSC101 S1 Working in a Digital World
DIGI 102 S2 Computers, Artificial Intelligence, and the Information Society
INFO 123 S1 & S2 Business Information Systems and Technology
INFO 125 S1 Introduction to Programming with Databases
PHYS 102 S2 Engineering Physics B: Modern Physics and Electromagnetism (2)
PROD 121 S1 The Game Development Process
Course Semester Description BProdDesign major / technical elective
BIOL 111 S1 Cellular Biology and Biochemistry Chemical Formulation Design major
BIOL 112 S2 Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Chemical Formulation Design major
CHEM 112 S2 Structure and Reactivity Chemical Formulation Design major or Industrial Product Design technical elective
COSC 122 S2 Introduction to Computer Science Applied Immersive Game Design major
PHYS 102 S2 Engineering Physics B: Modern Physics and Electromagnetism (2) Chemical Formulation Design major or Industrial Product Design technical elective
PROD 111 S1 Materials Science for Design Industrial Product Design major
PROD 121 S1 The Game Development Process Applied Immersive Game Design major
Course Semester Description
COSC 101 S1 Working in a Digital World
COSC 122 S2 Introduction to Computer Science – Applied Immersive Game Design major
MATH 120 S2 Discrete Mathematics
STAT 101 S1 & S2 Statistics 1

Check with Science Student Advisor on this major and appropriate courses.

Download our enrolment guide

Support for First Year students

ENGMe!
Is a student-led peer mentoring scheme that is available to all First Year students. Mentors are current engineering students (in their second to fourth year) who have “been there and done that!”. The programme runs for the first 10 weeks of Semester 1, and is the perfect place to learn tips and tricks, ask questions, seek advice and meet new people. 

First Year Connect: Engineering First Year Events
Events are held during the year specifically for First Year students. Once you have completed your enrolment for the First Year you can find information on Learn.

Alternative First Year Options

If you have taken MATH199: Advancing in Mathematical Sciences, or equivalent courses at another institution and/or you achieve excellent NCEA, IB, or CIE results in relevant subjects at a New Zealand High School, you may be considered for Direct Entry to the Second Year of the BE(Hons) programme or be invited to study a Modified First Year. A Modified First Year involves taking some alternative (more advanced or interest) courses in place of some of the standard First Year courses and can be a good option for those still deciding which engineering discipline they wish to study in the Specialist Years or for those who have achieved good results in one or two relevant subjects but not all three.

To be considered for Direct Entry or a Modified First Year you should be expecting to achieve at the following level: 

  1. MATH199 - Advancing in Mathematical Sciences at University of Canterbury (or equivalent courses at another tertiary institution);

 

AND EITHER:

  1. NCEA: You must have achieved at least 20 credits, with at least 15 but ideally 20 with 'excellence' endorsement in each of Physics and Chemistry (for disciplines that require Chemistry*), plus other Level 3 credits to give a total of at least 80 Level 3 credits; OR
  2. International Baccalaureate:  Scores of 7 HL in each of Physics and Chemistry (for disciplines that require Chemistry); OR
  3. Cambridge International Examination: An A grade in A Level in each of Physics and Chemistry (for disciplines that require Chemistry).

 

Expression of Interest 2021

If you think you may be eligible for studying a Modified First Year or Direct Entry to Second Year, submit an Expression of Interest Form 2021 to the College of Engineering Student Advisors. When your results become available in January the Dean of Engineering will consider the best study path for you and inform you of your options. 

You may be required to complete your Engineering First Year over two years of study if you do not have the recommended background knowledge or you fail some courses in your first attempt.

If you do not have the entrance requirements for BE(Hons) in Maths, Physics, and/or Chemistry, you may be required to take one or more introductory courses to build up your knowledge before attempting the corresponding First Year courses.

Introductory courses are all offered in the first semester of the year so you may be able to complete your First Year in one year of study. However, you may have to complete your First Year over summer school or over two years because:

The introductory course MATH 101 must be taken IN ADDITION to the eight required First Year courses for your chosen discipline(s). It cannot be counted towards required courses in the First Year
The introductory course in Chemistry may be counted towards the eight courses.
Summer options vary from year to year. Find out more about what is offered during the Summer Programme.
If you need to take all three introductory courses, you are advised to spread out your learning over two years of study. You will need to take some additional courses to make yourself full-time. Contact the Student Advisors for more details.

Science Headstart courses can be taken during the summer before Semester One starts.

It is possible to take an equivalent First Year year at other New Zealand universities for some engineering disciplines. Your application for entry to the Second Year is considered in the same way as students who have completed their First Year at UC. Contact a Student Advisor if you have questions.

BEngTech

If you have completed Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering from a New Zealand tertiary institution you can apply for entry to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil, Natural Resources, Mechanical or Electrical and Electronic Engineering as appropriate. You will be considered for First Specialist Year if you:

  • have a B+ average, or better, in your BEngTech
  • pass EMTH 119 and ENGR 102 (Civil, Natural Resources or Mechanical) or PHYS 102 (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) with a B average, or better, during the summer prior to beginning the Second Year
  • For Civil, Natural Resources and Mechanical Engineering programmes, you will then be required to take EMTH 171 in the summer between your 1st and 2nd Specialist Years.

If you are granted entry to the 1st Specialist Year you may be considered for exemption from individual courses depending on your background and experience (this will be at the discretion of the relevant department, considered on a case-by-case basis only after admission to the programme).

NZDE

If you have completed a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering in Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering from a New Zealand tertiary institution with a B+ average across all your courses and an A- or better in a level 5 Mathematics paper, you will be considered for a Modified First Year for Civil, Natural Resources, Mechanical or Electrical and Electronic Engineering as appropriate, as follows:

Semester 2

Summer School

  • EMTH 119
  • ENGR 102 (Civil, Natural Resources, Mechanical or Mechantronics) or PHYS 102 (Electrical and Electronic only)

On completion of the above courses, you will be considered for entry to the Second Year in the same manner as all other Second Year applicants, ie ranked by Grade Point Average (GPA).

If you are granted entry to the Second Year you may be considered for exemption from individual courses depending on your background and experience (this will be at the discretion of the relevant department, considered on a case-by-case basis only after admission to the programme).

Chemical and Process Engineering - direct entry to Third Year

Subject to the approval of the Dean of Engineering, a student applying with a Bachelor of Science is expected to have an appropriate major for the specialisation they wish to study, a B grade average, and at least 200-level Mathematics to be considered for entry to the Third Year. An appropriate specialisation for Chemical and Process Engineering would be Chemistry, Biochemistry or Physics.

With this option, a student has the opportunity to gain a double degree (BSc and BE(Hons)) in five years.  

For more information contact:

Ken Morison

Associate Professor
Link Rm 408
Internal Phone: 93818

Electrical and Electronic Engineering - direct entry to Third Year

Subject to the approval of the Dean of Engineering, a student applying with a Bachelor of Science is expected to have an appropriate major for the specialisation they wish to study, a B grade average, and at least 200-level Mathematics to be considered for entry to Third Year. An appropriate specialisation for Electrical and Electronic Engineering would be Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science.

Additional papers at the 200 or 300 level in Management or Accounting and Information Systems would enhance your application.

With this option, a student has the opportunity to gain a double degree (BSc and BE(Hons)) in five years. 

For more information contact:

Alan Wood

Associate Professor
Deputy Head of Department
Link Rm 507
Internal Phone: 94433

Other alternative entry forms

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