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Engineering and Physical Sciences Transfer Certificate


Our experience as humans becomes increasingly astounding with ongoing advances in technology affecting all aspects of our lives including medical treatment, entertainment, robotics, automation, transportation, energy sustainability, and space travel. Students in this program will eventually make considerable contributions to society by creating advancements in technology. 

The Engineering and Physical Sciences program will start you on the path towards an engaging career in mathematically related fields such as:

  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Programming

This 1 year certificate can be completed over two terms and includes courses in calculus, physics, chemistry, computer programming, linear algebra, and English. 

University Transfer Opportunities

The certificate courses are transferable to other BC institutions and will transfer to most other post-secondary institutions. Specifically, this certificate will complete the full first year of a physics or chemistry degree or serve as a great start for mathematics, programming and engineering programs at UBC, SFU, and UVic. Students successfully completing the program will be able to go directly into the second year of a physics or chemistry degree.  For more information visit the BC Transfer Guide.

Program Outline 

MATH 101 - Calculus I: Differential Calculus (3)
PHYS 121 - Advanced Physics I (3)
CHEM 101 - Introductory Chemistry I (3) OR CHEM 111 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I (3)
ENGL 101 - University Writing (3) 
MATH 235 - Linear Algebra (3) 
MATH 102 - Calculus II: Integral Calculus (3)
PHYS 122 - Advanced Physics II (3) 
CHEM 122 - Principles of Chemistry II (3)
CPSC 123 - Computer Programming (3)
ENGL 151 - Technical Writing I OR ENGL 102 - Introduction to Literature (3)

Admission Requirements 
  1. Apply direct to the University Credit Program.
  2. Submit proof of English 12 or equivalent.
  3. Once admitted, register in the courses required for this certificate.

Course prerequisites include:

  • Chemistry 11
  • Pre-Calculus 12
  • Physics 12

The prerequisites for individual courses are outlined in the course descriptions. Students missing prerequisites may enrol in Career & College Preparation (CCP) upgrading courses while completing the program.

English proficiency is required for all students entering NWCC programs.  Please visit our English Language Alternatives page to see how this requirement can be met. 

Need help with the application process?  Contact an Educational Advisor.

Dates and Locations 

Intakes:  September and January.  

Campus locations:   Terrace and Prince Rupert.

Note: not all courses are offered at every campus. Speak with an Educational Advisor for assistance with course selection.

Program Fees