Program Overview:

About Engineering

Engineering is a creative and multidisciplinary endeavour that exemplifies human ingenuity at its best. Here at StFX, the history of humans and the history of engineering are one and the same, and the dedicated Engineering faculty have structured the program around that very idea. Much of the history of people is, in effect, the history of engineering, as our creative utilization of resources remains strictly interwoven with our day-to-day lives. Everything we do, touch, use, or imagine has or will require the expertise of an engineer…and that could be YOU!      

Why Study Engineering at StFX?

At StFX, we have experienced faculty members who are all professional engineers and who will work with you both inside and outside of the classroom and laboratory. Our class sizes are similar to those you experienced in high school and so the transition to StFX will be uncomplicated. We believe in a collaborative atmosphere and have strong connections with other science departments and areas across campus so we all work together as a team. This results in our students being highly successful as they transition to Dalhousie to complete their studies and as they enter their careers. 

Program Options

StFX provides three distinct options for you to earn your Diploma in Engineering. This can be done in 2, 3, or 4 years. As you complete the Diploma at StFX, you are eligible to apply for a seat at Dalhousie University where you can complete your Bachelor of Engineering degree. Your degree completion at other institutions is also possible.

Diploma in Engineering (2 years)

Earn your Diploma in 2 years with the option of completing your Bachelor of Engineering degree at Dalhousie or other institutions.

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NEW: Diploma in Engineering with Bachelor of Science Degree (3 years)

Combine your Diploma in Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in a science area (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Earth and Environmental Sciences). This program offers the opportunity to explore other science and arts areas normally not available in the regular 2-year Diploma program. It allows for a broadening of your knowledge base, or to focus and have a concentration in one area of study. This pathway will support those who have an interest in Engineering but want to keep other pathways open.

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Diploma in Engineering with Bachelor of Science with Major Degree (4 years)

Combine your Diploma in Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in a science area (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Mathematics or Physics).

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First Year at a Glance

As a first-year engineering student, you will explore components of engineering; design, graphics, statics, calculus, physics, chemistry, writing, and more. The result is a varied education that prepares students for the many branches of engineering available to them in the working world. First-year enrolment is limited to about 65 students, and some classes and laboratories have between 20 to 40 students with the purpose of providing a comfortable learning environment.  

You will take the following courses:

In the first semester (Fall) September – December

  • CHEM 121 Principles of Chemistry
  • ENGR 121 Calculus 1 for Engineers 
  • ENGR 128 Engineering Design and Graphics
  • ENGR 147 Engineering Computer Programming
  • PHYS 121 Physics for the Physical Sciences & Engineers
  • Writing course (See Academic Calendar)

In the second semester (Winter) January – April:

  • CHEM 122 Principles of Chemistry II
  • ENGR 122 Calculus 2 for Engineers
  • ENGR 132 Technical Communications
  • ENGR 136 Statics
  • PHYS 122 Physics for the Physical Sciences & Engineers II
  • Writing course (See Academic Calendar)

Future Opportunities

Graduates find success in a wide range of engineering sectors, including but not limited to:  

  • Chemical 
  • Civil 
  • Electrical 
  • Environmental 
  • Industrial 
  • Mechanical 

The career opportunities available to Engineering graduates are diverse and include opportunities, such as:

  • Consultant
  • Educator
  • Engineer
  • Land Developer
  • Pollution Control Specialist
  • Researcher/Academic
  • Technical Writer

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