Academic Programs - Undergraduate

Engineering and Applied Science

Engineering is a profession that solves problems with math and science. It does this by analyzing, designing, and managing technical projects.

Real-world problems, real-world solutions

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In this program, you will use science to solve real-world problems. These can include finding ways to protect the natural environment and creating the things we see around us in the built environment, from factories to skyscrapers to spacecraft. You will study pure sciences such as physics, math, and chemistry, as well as dedicated engineering courses. You will focus on practical ways to apply the knowledge you gain along the way by creating models and prototypes.

Engineering is all about creating new things and solving real problems. It is a huge field. Engineering blends topics from almost all branches of science with the formal study of design and economic analysis. Practitioners revel in the feeling of accomplishment that results from seeing their designs come to life. This often occurs only after extensive analysis, testing and de-bugging on the part of a multi-disciplinary engineering team.

Acadia offers two programs with four options:

  • Certificate of Applied Science (CAS), 23 courses in 2 years
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc), 30 courses in 3 years
  • CAS & BASc, 30 courses in 3 years
  • CAS & BSc (biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics), 4 years

You will take the first half of the program at Acadia. The second half (23 courses) is usually at Dalhousie, which offers six engineering disciplines: chemical, civil, environmental, electrical, industrial, and mechanical. Alternatively, BASc students are also eligible to apply to the School of Education upon completion of their three-year degree.

The engineering curriculum uses the principles of math and science to solve everyday problems and create new structures, processes and systems. If you enjoy those topics, this program may be for you.

First Year at a Glance

First semester

  • APSC 1073 and 1070L
    Introduction to Engineering, with Lab
  • APSC 1223
    Design 1
  • CHEM 1013
    General Chemistry 1
  • MATH 1013
    Introductory Calculus 1
  • PHYS 1013
    Introductory Physics 1

Second semester

  • APSC 1113
    Statics
  • APSC 1413
    Computer Programming
  • CHEM 1023
    General Chemistry 2
  • MATH 1023
    Introductory Calculus 2
  • PHYS 1023
    Introductory Physics 2
  • MATH 1323 (CAS only)
    Matrix Algebra

Future Careers

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) specialist
  • Consulting engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Forensic investigations engineer
  • Industrial engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Project manager
  • Renewable energy design/test engineer
  • Research and development engineer
  • Robotics designer/engineer
  • Technical expert
 

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