The Ivan Curry School of Engineering at Acadia University was founded in 1904 and offers programs of study leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Engineering. The Bachelor of Engineering degrees require a minimum of four years to complete and are delivered through cooperative arrangements with Dalhousie University. The Bachelor of Applied Science degree requires three years of study and is completed entirely on the Acadia campus.

The Engineering degree programs are completed in two parts. The Certificate of Applied Science, or the first two years of the program, are spent on the Acadia campus while the final years of study are spent at the selected partner institution. The transfer between programs is automatic upon successful completion of the Acadia part of the program. Degrees are offered in the disciplines of Chemical, Civil, Electrical/Computer, Environmental, Industrial, Materials, Mechanical and Mineral engineering through these arrangements. All Engineering degree programs are fully accredited by the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.

The first year of the engineering program is common to all disciplines.

1st Year Students

First year engineering curriculum is set for the first term, as there are no electives. Students can be completely pre-registered by the Engineering Department or if they would prefer to sign up for themselves, the required courses for the 2014-15 scholastic year are as follows:

1st Term: 

APSC 1073,  APSC 1223, MATH 1013, PHYS 1013, CHEM 1013

2nd term: 

APSC 1113, APSC 1413, MATH 1023, PHYS 1023, CHEM 1023 and MATH 1323

Students are expected to select an engineering discipline as they enter their second year of study. Upon completion of the Acadia portion of the program, the student is awarded our Certificate in Applied Science, which guarantees admission to the partner institution of choice with full transfer of credit.

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree awarded by Acadia is not an accredited engineering degree, but offers students an excellent interdisciplinary framework for the pursuit of studies in the Applied Sciences and Engineering. Graduates of this program may choose to enter the workforce directly or go on to further study at either the graduate or undergraduate level after obtaining their degrees. Many students complete the certificate requirements for one or more engineering disciplines as a subset of their degree courses, thereby keeping their options open for after graduation. Students pursuing combined BASc/CAS programs may choose to structure their programs so as to lighten their course load in the first year or delay discipline choice selection until the second year of study, or both.

The Certificate can also be completed as part of the four year Bachelor of Science degree at Acadia with various major areas of study. Students interested in this option are urged to contact both the School and the Science department involved to arrange an appropriate program of studies. Students may elect to attend engineering schools other than Dalhousie after completing the certificate. In such cases, admission is individually considered.


BASc - 3 Year Applied Science Degree


Bachelor of Applied Science 

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree consists of 30 credits.  It generally requires 3 years of study and may be completed entirely on the Acadia campus.  Completion of CAS credits count towards the BASc requirements.

Bachelor of Applied Science (90h) - Calendar Description

1.  33h Applied Science

2.  18h mathematics in consultation with the school and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

3.  18h from the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science in topics other than mathematics or applied science, with 6h at the 2000-level or higher

4.  15h outside of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science.

5.  6h from business or the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science.

A minimum program GPA of 2.0 is required in order to graduate



CAS - 2 Year Certificate


Certificate of Applied Science

(First 2 Years of the 4 Year Accredited Engineering Degree)

The Bachelor of Engineering degree is accredited by the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers and usually takes four years to complete.  Once you complete their Engineering Degree and work for three years under the direct supervision of  a Professional Engineer, you can apply to become Professional Engineers yourself. Co-op work experience counts towards the three year supervised work requirement.

Acadia University offers the first two years (23 credits) of the four year (46 credit) Engineering degree with our Certificate of Applied Science.   Acadia students usually choose to complete the final two years of the degree at Dalhousie University, however, you do have the option to apply to other universities if you wish.  

Once you have reserved your placement and received the Certificate of Applied Science from Acadia University, you are guaranteed admission into the 3rd year of the Dalhousie Engineering Degree program.  The Dalhousie transfer process is facilitated through the Acadia and Dalhousie administrative offices.  You may specialize in one of the eight following disciplines offered at Dalhousie University.

Chemical Environmental Mechanical
Civil Industrial Mineral Resources
Electrical/Computer Materials  


Certificate in Applied Science (69h)- Calendar Description

1. Apsc 1073, 1113, 1223, 1413, 2213, 2113, 2413, 2683

2. Math 1013, 1023, 1323, 2213, 2723, 2753

3. Phys 1013, 1023 Chem 1013, 1023

4. 6h humanities with a strong writing component

5. 9h at the direction of the school

A minimum program GPA of 2.0 is required in order to graduate.

The 30h block of courses at the direction of the school will typically include additional courses in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, humanities and/or social sciences as well as Applied Science. 


CAS Requirements

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