Engineering I

All engineering students at McMaster take a common first year program. It introduces you to the profession and gives you a solid background in the fundamentals important to engineering disciplines. You' ll be able to explore the 44 available degree options before choosing what you'd like to study in second year. You'll also have the opportunity to bond with all of your peers, regardless of their future area of study.

You'll take part in challenging, discipline-specific projects that will give you experience in the different degree options. Senior undergraduate students from different disciplines take an active role in these projects as consultants and mentors. In addition, information sessions about each of the degree options are held every spring and academic counseling is available.

The first year program also 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.

At McMaster we offer a unique and supportive learning environment dedicated to helping you make a smooth and successful transition to university life.

Here are some of the advantages available to first year engineering students at McMaster:

  • Small tutorial and lab groups are led by specially trained senior students who appreciate the challenges first year students face.
  • The first year class has its own computer lab.
  • The Engineering 1 office provides support personnel and services specifically designed to assist first year students.
  • The Engineering Co-op and Career Services office offers career planning help and counseling.
  • 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.

GE Foundation Scholarship

The GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program in Canada is a unique program that provides financial support and skills development opportunities for up to 15 accomplished first-year undergraduate students from recognized institutions who are pursuing degrees in the fields of engineering and business/management and are a member of one of the following groups: Aboriginal peoples -OR- persons with disabilities -OR- women in Engineering programs.   

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