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First Year Engineering

Engineering I

At McMaster, all undergraduate students take a common first year program, Engineering I. This provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of engineering disciplines.

Engineering I gives you the opportunity to widen your perspective by taking electives from other faculties. This is important for developing a greater understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live and work. Students choose to take courses in subjects such as philosophy, music, languages, social science and history.

You'll also have the opportunity to bond with all of your peers, regardless of their future area of study.

After first year, students choose from one of the widest ranges of engineering program options in Canada, some with specializations such as nano- and micro- devices, nuclear engineering & energy systems, photonics, aerodynamics, and bioengineering, all with co-op options, and most have a five-year Management, Society and International Studies option.

Every spring, each of the degree options are presented in Level II Info Sessions, with academic counseling available. To be eligible for a Level II Engineering program, a student must successfully complete all non-elective Level I courses with an overall Cumulative Average (CA) of 4.0 or greater.

First Year Courses

Find out what Engineering I courses you will be taking. Review our list of approved complimentary electives for Engineering I students.

Then discover what the transition from high school to University life can be like at

Course materials, including textbooks, are sold through the Campus Store.

What Eng I has to Offer

  • Small tutorial and lab groups led by specially trained senior students who appreciate the challenges first year students face.
  • A dedicated Engineering I 'elliptical' computer lab. One of only four in North America.
  • The Engineering Student Services team provides support for our students, with an aim to specifically assist first year students with academic concerns.
  • Engineering Co-op and Career Services offers career planning and co-op program assistance.
  • The McMaster Engineering Society (MES) and the many student groups and activities associated with it provide social, academic and personal peer support for engineering students.

Course registration made easy

The following video tutorials will walk you through the registration process for incoming students.

Engineering I


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