VIU Engineering Diploma and Certificate Program

Engineering Transfer Diploma Program Outline

For students intending to transfer to the University of Victoria, the Engineering Transfer Diploma program may be for you!  This program allows students to complete up to 20 courses over two years of study, each of which is  transferable into a University of Victoria Engineering program. 

When you complete the Engineering Transfer Diploma, you will have assured entry into second-year engineering at the UVic, with some second year credit.  This credit further reduces you course load when you start at UVic, and likely will improve your opportunity for success in whatever engineering discipline you choose.


Applications are anticipated to be open for the Engineering Transfer Diploma starting Fall-2019 for the 2020/21 academic year.  Currently, all students, provided they meet individual course prerequisites may take any course within the Diploma curriculum and, if they fulfill all the Diploma requirements, may apply for that credential starting Spring-2020.  

Diploma Curriculum.  All first and second year courses shown are to be scheduled in the appropriate term in in the 2019/20 academic year.  

First Year / Fall Term

CodeCourse TitleHours (Credits)
CSCI 160Computing Science I5 (4)
ENGR 112Engineering Design I3 (3)
MATH 121(1)Calculus I4 (3)
PHYS 121Physics for the Physical Sciences I7 (4)
ENGL 115University Writing and Research3 (3)
 Total Hours (Credits)22 (17)

First Year / Spring Term

CodeCourse TitleHours (Credits)
ENGL 204Business and Technical Writing3 (3)
ENGR 121Engineering Design II3 (3)
MATH 122(1)Calculus II4 (3)
MATH 141(2)Linear Algebra for Engineers4 (3)
PHYS 122Physics for the Physical Sciences II7 (4)
 Total Hours (Credits)21 (16)

Second Year / Fall Term

CodeCourse TitleHours (Credits)
CHEM 150(3)Engineering Chemistry7 (4)
MATH 221(4)Calculus III4 (3)
MATH 254(4)Statistics I3 (3)
Complementary Studies Electives(5,6)6 (6)
 Total Hours (Credits)20 (16)

Second Year / Spring Term

CodeCourse TitleHours (Credits)
 CSCI 161(2,7)Computer Computer Science II5 (4)
ENGE 250 or
PHYS 216(8)
Linear Circuits I or
Introductory Electricity and Magnetism
5 (3)
ENGM 141Engineering Mechanics4 (3)
MATH 222(4)Calculus IV4 (3)
Science Elective(9)3 (3)
 Total Hours (Credits)21 (16)
  1. students may take MATH 100/101 instead of MATH 121/122
  2. students intending to transfer to Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Victoria should take CSCI 161 in place of MATH 141.  For these students, MATH 141 will be taken in Term 2B in place of CSCI 161. 
  3. students may take CHEM 140/142A or CHEM 140/142 instead of CHEM 150
  4. students intending to transfer to UVic for Software Engineering will not take MATH 221, 222 or MATH 254. Please see the Engineering advisor for course options.
  5. Students may replace one complementary studies elective with a science elective.
  6. All students attending the University of Victoria are required to take a complementary studies course before they graduate from that school. You may choose to take this elective during your time at VIU, but it is your ultimate responsibility to ensure that the course is transferrable (BC Transfer Guide) to UVic and acceptable for complementary studies credit. See the list of approved complementary studies electives at UVic that are offered at VIU.
  7. students intending to transfer to UVic for Civil Engineering should take a second complementary studies course instead of CSCI 161
  8. Only one of ENGE 250 or PHYS 216 will be offered in any given year.  
  9. Specific disciplines at the University of Victoria may require additional science courses towards their degrees.  Two science courses are required as part of the Fundamentals of Engineering Diploma.  Please see the Engineering Advisor for an updated list of science offerings applicable to your chosen discipline.

After your two years at VIU...

All students may apply for the Engineering Transfer Diploma in their last term of studies. If they meet the credentials of the program, they will be granted the certificate.

Students within the Engineering Transfer Diploma are expected to transfer to UVic to complete their engineering studies. Courses may also transfer to alternative institutions, but students must apply formally for admission to the receiving institution.

Career Paths

A few engineering disciplines are listed below. By no means is this list exhaustive especially when it comes to the list of career paths! 

Electrical Engineering
Related to any project involving electrical devices, systems, and the use of electricity. EEs work on power plants, computers, and other electrical devices. Career paths include: BC Hydro and Research in Motion

Computer Engineering
Deal with all aspects of computer systems including design, construction and operation. May specialize in digital systems, operating systems, or networks. Career Paths include: Apple and Spectrum Signal Processing

Mechanical Engineering
Use mechanics or energy principles to design machines such as engines and motors. Typically work in areas such as robotics, automotives, or manufacturing. Career paths include: Honda Motors and Weyerhaeuser

Chemical Engineering
Take raw materials and turn them into products we use everyday. Crucial in producing pharmaceuticals. Many work within the petroleum and plastics industries. Career paths include: Ballard Power and Petro-Canada

Civil Engineering
One of the largest branches and oldest of engineering. Has its origins in the practice of individuals distinguising themselves from the military engineers by using the term civil(ian) engineers.  Work on high-rise buildings, dams, water treatment centers, and urban transit systems. Career paths include: TransLink and City of Nanaimo

Environmental Engineering
Assist with the development of water distribution systems, recycling methods, and pollution prevention and control systems. Career paths include: BC Ministry of the Environment and Metro Vancouver

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