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Your First Year

Learn everything you need to know about mapping out your first year. This is required reading for all incoming first-year students.

STEP 1: Getting started using Mosaic.

Welcome to McMaster Engineering!

All students are encouraged to watch this introductory video on our course registration system, Mosaic, your undergraduate calendar and more.

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STEP 2: Getting enrolled in classes

This is your pathway to enrolling into your courses this academic year. Please follow each step carefully.

Every student will have a specific enrollment appointment, which is the designated time you’re allowed to go into Mosaic and enroll into each of your courses. You can find your enrollment appointment in the Student Centre on the right-hand side. Click on “open enrollment dates” to find your specific enrollment appointment.

Your Shopping Cart is where you’ll put classes before you enroll into them. It’s just like buying the things you love, but for your brain. You can add or remove courses from your Shopping Cart as you plan your timetable. Access it in Create My Timetable and in your Student Centre.


  

Aside from being mandatory for all students, WHMIS 1A00 is a prerequisite to all of your courses in Level 1. You must enroll into WHMIS before adding any other course to your Shopping Cart. This one-hour training session must be completed during the first week of classes and takes approximately one hour.

Bachelor of Technology and Computer Science students must enrol in WHMIS through Create My Timetable or Mosaic.

For students in IBEHS, both WHMIS 1A00 and BIOSAFE 1BS0 are prerequisites that must also be taken during the first week of classes. Enroll into these online Health and Safety courses before adding any other courses to your Shopping Cart.

You’re officially ready to enroll! Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Navigate to the Mosaic website and login (https://mosaic.mcmaster.ca)
  2. Click the “Create my Timetable” tile

 

Your ticket to a conflict-free timetable using our automatic block enrollment system. 

Your ticket to a conflict-free timetable using our automatic block enrollment system.  

Each term will require a conflict-free timetable. To view a master timetable of courses offered, login to Mosaic and navigate to Student Centre > Academics > Search to search for classes.

Follow the Weekly Schedule link in your Student Centre and print your timetable from the Printer Friendly Page after the Display Options Panel.

STEP 3: Program specific requirements

Aside from being mandatory for all students, WHMIS 1A00 is a prerequisite to all of your courses in Level 1. You must enroll into WHMIS before adding any other course to your Shopping Cart. This one-hour training session must be completed during the first week of classes and takes approximately one hour.

For students in IBEHS, both WHMIS 1A00 and BIOSAFE 1BS0 are prerequisites that must also be taken during the first week of classes. Enroll into these online Health and Safety courses before adding any other courses to your Shopping Cart.

STEP 3A: Program specific requirements (technical)

Your program has specific requirements that must be completed before you are eligible to enter Level 2. These courses are:

CHEM 1E03

ENGINEER 1C03, 1D04, 1P03

MATLS 1M03

MATH 1ZA3, 1ZB3, 1ZC3

PHYSICS 1D03, 1E03 

  • MATH 1ZA3 – Engineering Mathematics I (Calculus I) – offered in Term 1 — is a prerequisite to MATH 1ZB3 – Engineering Mathematics II (Calculus II). Students must successfully complete MATH 1ZA3 to take MATH 1ZB3 in Term 2.
  • PHYS 1D03 – Introductory Mechanics – offered in Term 1 - is a prerequisite to PHYS 1E03 – Waves, Electricity and Manganic Fields. Students must successfully complete PHYS 1D03 to take PHYS 1E03 in Term 2
  • Students who are interested in pursuing the Management program must take ECON 1B03 in their first year. This course will count towards your complementary electives. Students must achieve at least a C (5.0) 63-66% in the course to be considered for the Management program.
  • With the exception of ENG 1P03, we offer all of the ENG I core courses in the Spring and Summer terms. We strongly encourage students to consider reducing their loads in ENG I and spread out the courses into the Spring and Summer terms. Please talk to Academic Advisor to determine if this is a good option for your academics.

COMPSCI 1JC3, 1MD3, 1XA3

MATH 1ZA3, 1ZB3, 1ZC3

  • MATH 1ZA3 – Engineering Mathematics I (Calculus I) – offered in Term 1 - is a prerequisite to MATH 1ZB3 – Engineering Mathematics II (Calculus II). Students must successfully complete MATH 1ZA3 to take MATH 1ZB3 in Term 2.
  • WHIMIS 1A00 is mandatory and must be taken in the Fall term within the first week of classes

IBEHS 1P10 A/B

CHEM 1E03

HTHSCI 1I06 A/B

MATH 1ZA3, 1ZB3, 1ZC3

PHYSICS 1D03, 1E03

  • 1P10 and 1I06 is a multi-term course, meaning you will take this course in the Fall and Winter terms
  • iBioMed 1 students have three-units of complementary studies electives in their first year. It is recommended to avoid doing your elective in your Fall term as you adjust to university.
  • Complementary electives must be selected from an approved complementary studies electives list
  • If you are in the Co-op program, it is recommended you complete the required IBEHS 1EE0 Co-op prep course in your Fall term, which will make you eligible for co-op positions in the following Summer term
  • MATH 1ZA3 – Engineering Mathematics I (Calculus I) – offered in Term 1 - is a prerequisite to MATH 1ZB3 – Engineering Mathematics II (Calculus II). Students must successfully complete MATH 1ZA3 to take MATH 1ZB3 in Term 2.
  • PHYSICS 1D03 – Introductory Mechanics – offered in Term 1 - is a prerequisite to PHYSICS 1E03 – Waves, Electricity and Manganic Fields. Students must successfully complete PHYSICS 1D03 to take PHYS PHYSICS in Term 2.
  • WHMIS 1A00 and BIOSAFE 1BS0 are mandatory safety courses that must be completed before your first Chemistry lab

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  • The courses that are specific to your stream are offered in term 2. All term 1 courses are shared among the three streams.
  • ENGTECH 1MC3 is a prerequisite to 1MT3
  • GENTECH 1CS3 is a prerequisite for GENTECH 1CZ3
  • ENGTECH 1CH3 is a prerequisite to 1AC3
  • You must complete WHMIS 1A00 before your first lab

STEP 3B: Program specific requirements (electives)

You’ll need to choose and enrol in your own complementary studies electives. This can be done using Create My Timetable via MOSAIC. 

 

Engineering 1 students have two courses or six-units worth of elective courses. Typically, students would take one elective in the Fall and one elective in the Winter. You can complete these courses in the Spring/Summer term or before you graduate from the Engineering program.

Engineering programs are accredited under the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). Therefore, your complementary studies elective courses must be from a specific list of approved courses. They can be viewed here. Some of the courses have an asterisk beside them. Courses with the symbol “§” are not acceptable for the six-unit complementary studies elective required in Engineering I.

We recommend having a few options selected for your complementary studies elective courses as you are not guaranteed a seat in the course.

Students who are interested in the Engineering and Management programs must take ECON 1B03 as an elective before Level 2. You need a minimum of a 5.0, which is a grade of C, in this course to be considered for the Management program.

Computer Science I students have four courses or 12-units of elective courses. Typically, students would take three electives in the Fall and one elective in the Winter term. 

Complementary studies electives for Level 1 students can be found here. You are able to take any of these courses on the list. If you are interested in completing a minor, you should contact your academic advisor.

We recommend having a few options selected for your elective courses are you won't be guaranteed a seat in the course.

IBEHS students can take one complementary studies elective in either the Fall or Winter term. WHMIS 1A00 and BIOSAFE 1BS0 are required courses and have also been added to your schedule.

Engineering programs are accredited under the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). Therefore, your complementary studies elective courses must be from a specific list of approved courses. They can be viewed here. Some of the courses have an asterisk beside them. Courses with the symbol “§” are not acceptable for the six-unit complementary studies elective required in Engineering I.

We recommend having a few options selected for your complementary studies elective courses as you are not guaranteed a seat in the course.

 

STEP 4: After enrolment: Tips, tricks and FAQs

Congratulations! If you’re about to watch this video, you must be registered for classes. Here’s what else you need to know before Welcome Week.

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