Acadia offers two Applied Science programs, the two-year CAS (Certificate of Applied Science/engineering diploma) which is the first two years of the 4-year Bachelor of Engineering degree and the three-year BASc (Bachelor of Applied Science) which can be combined with the CAS. Either program is an excellent starting point on the road to becoming a fully recognized Professional Engineer. Click the buttons to the left to learn more.
The BASc is an Acadia-only degree completed entirely on our own campus. It is built around a core of applied science courses and offers students a lot of flexibility in how they choose to structure their programs. It normally takes three years to complete. It does not on its own qualify you for registration as a professional engineer, but may be combined with the CAS for students interested in that option.
The CAS is a two year program that comprises the first 1/2 of the accredited Bachelor of Engineering degree program by Dalhousie University. Students in this program complete two or more years of study here and then go on to Dal to complete their studies. At the end of the combined program (which normally requires four years to complete) Dal awards candidates their B.Eng. degree. Admission to the third year of study at Dal is guaranteed upon successful completion of the Acadia certificate through a long-standing agreement going almost back to the school's founding in 1904.
All students wishing to become registered professional engineers require the full B.Eng. degree, and thus should be enrolled in the CAS program during their time at Acadia. Students in the BASc program may or may not be interested in professional registration. Those who wish to eventually become registered professional engineers should be enrolled in both the BASc and CAS concurrently. Those who do not wish to pursue professional registration need not enroll in the CAS, and can complete the BASc alone.