Engineering and Applied Science (CAS, BASc)

Engineering lets you enter some of today’s most exciting and dynamic fields – with career prospects to match. Perhaps you'll study electrical engineering, and play a role in developing the microtechnologies of the future. Or maybe you'll choose civil engineering, contributing to maintaining and improving the infrastructure that keeps modern society running.

Engineering is a multi-faceted profession that incorporates elements of design, analysis and project management. You will use science to solve real-world problems and create the things we see around us every day. You will study pure sciences like physics, math and chemistry along with a wealth of dedicated engineering courses, focusing on practical application of the knowledge gained along the way.

Be Inspired

Acadia is part of a single integrated engineering faculty in Nova Scotia shared between seven small universities. You will typically study two (or possibly three) years at Acadia's Ivan Curry School of Engineering before finishing your studies on the Sexton campus of Dalhousie University. Starting at Acadia has all the advantages of a small school (personal attention from faculty, small class sizes, excellent access to sports/recreational facilities, etc.) while still retaining full access to all programs and options of a major engineering program. Acadia’s smaller classes give students a stronger lab/tutorial experience with more opportunities for hands-on design project work than would be possible in a larger program.

Future Careers

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • CAD designer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Consulting engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Forensic investigations engineer
  • Industrial engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Project manager
  • Renewable energy design/test engineer
  • Research & development engineer
  • Robotics designer/engineer
  • Technical expert

"Initially I went to a much larger school than Acadia. Upon getting to Acadia, I've realized the power and potential of a smaller establishment. Having smaller class sizes allows teachers to be more personable with students, allowing for more tutorial like settings with your professor. Having seen both sides, I know small schools are not for everybody, but they are definitely my choice."

- Hayden Hopgood CAS, civil (’14)

"I like that I can apply what I studied in chemistry to real-life situations rather than just in theory. Acadia engineering has helped me to do this."

- Hanna Nickerson BScH, chemistry, CAS, chemical (’13)

"The BASc program has given me the opportunity to widen my academic interests as well as discover my passion for engineering. Over my three-year stay, I get to enjoy Acadia's wonderful campus, as well asmeet helpful, knowledgeable professors and make lifelong friends."

- Ben Newcomb BASc (’14)

First Year at a Glance

Semester One

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

Semester Two

APSC 1113
APSC 1413
Computer Programming
CHEM 1023
General Chemistry 2
MATH 1023
Introductory Calculus 2
PHYS 1023
Introductory Physics 2
MATH 1323 **
Matrix Algebra

Note: The suggested first year is the same for all Acadia engineering students.

Applied Science/Engineering

Co-op Available: Yes*

Discipline Options:

Get Involved:
Acadia Engineering Society (AES)
Enactus Acadia
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)


Ivan Curry School of Engineering
Carnegie Hall, Room 216
27 University Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6

* The co-operative education option begins after transitioning to Dalhousie in the upper years of the program.

** For students that are only in the two-year CAS program (and not in the three-year combined CAS/BASc program