VIU Engineering Diploma and Certificate Program

Engineering Transfer Diploma Program Outline

The Engineering Transfer diploma program provides a pathway for students into engineering studies at most post-secondary institutions in British Columbia, as well as the University of Alberta.

University of Victoria
You will complete up to 20 courses over two years of study, each of which is  transferable into a University of Victoria Engineering program.   Upon completion of 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 your course load when you start at UVic, and likely will improve your opportunity for success in whatever engineering discipline you choose.

University of British Columbia, Thompson Rivers University, Simon Fraser University (School of Engineering Science), the University of Northern British Columbia, and the University of Alberta
With the addition of one course each to Term 1A and 1B of the Engineering Transfer Diploma, you will have all the courses required to complete the Common First-Year Engineering Curriculum and graduate after one-year with the Engineering Transfer Certificate.  This pathway allows for direct transfer* into any of the above institutions after your first-year of studies.  

If this pathway is of interest to you, please contact VIU Registration or the Engineering Transfer Advisor as soon as possible after your have received your acceptance letter.

*With an appropriate overall GPA, minimum course grade, and time of program completion


  • English 12 with a minimum grade of "C+"
  • Physics 12 with a minimum grade of "C+"
  • Chemistry 12 with a minimum grade of "C+"
  • Pre-Calculus 12 with a minimum grade of "B"

Notes on Admission

  • Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted into the program.
  • Admission based on GPA rankings
  • Outstanding candidates missing either Chemistry 12 or Physics 12 are encouraged to apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Recommended:  Calculus 12 (if available); Programming 12 (if available)


The program starts in September and applications for admission are accepted on the first business day in October to March 31. Applications received after March 31 are considered late and will be processed as space permits.  

Have you completed the first-year of the VIU Integrated Engineering Technologist Diploma or the Common First-Year Curriculum at another post-secondary institution in BC?  You are eligible to transfer into the second-year of the Engineering Transfer Diploma.  Please contact the Engineering Transfer Advisor for more details.

Diploma Curriculum

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 I5 (3)
ENGR 214(9)Statics and Dynamics I5.5 (4)
Complementary Studies Electives (5,6)3 (3)
 Total Hours (Credits)24.5 (17)

Second Year / Spring Term

CodeCourse TitleHours (Credits)
CSCI 161(2,7)Computer Science II5 (4)
ENGE 250 or
PHYS 216(8)
Linear Circuits I or
Introductory Electricity and Magnetism
5.5 (3)
MATH 222(4)Calculus IV4 (3)
Complementary Studies Elective (5,6)3 (3)
Science Elective(6)3 (3)
 Total Hours (Credits)20.5 (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 and/or a Natural Science elective course prior to graduation. 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 credit. See the list of approved elective courses 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. Students may take ENGM 141 (offered in the Spring term) instead of ENGR 214.   

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. 

Students are also eligible to transfer into the Integrated Engineering Technologist Diploma at VIU after their first or second year of 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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