Engineering is a creative and multidisciplinary endeavour. Much of the history of civilization is, in effect, the history of engineering. A good definition set forth by the Engineers' Council for Professional Development reads: "Engineering is the profession in which a knowledge of mathematics and the natural sciences, gained by study, experience, and practice, is applied with judgement to develop ways to utilize, economically, the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.
St. Francis Xavier University (St. F.X.) provides a highly acclaimed environment for engineering studies. Our professional program leads to the award of the Bachelor of Engineering degree which is conferred by the Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie University in Halifax. The first two years of the program are taken at St. F.X. during which time our students receive a broad based and balanced education. Our students are required to take courses in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and electives from the humanities and social sciences. Upon successful completion of the two years, students are awarded the Diploma in Engineering, in addition to receiving the X-ring, and are guaranteed admission to Dalhousie University for the final two years of study leading to the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Biological, Civil, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, Metallurgical or Mining Engineering. Students who prefer to attend another University can transfer the credits earned at St. F.X. to any university in Canada as our program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.
The engineering faculty at St. F.X. possess extensive research and industrial experience. They maintain direct and personal contact with all students. The students are introduced to computer programming - an essential tool for engineering analysis. The use of a number of industry-standard software is integrated into the curricula. Our students all belong to the Engineering Students Society and become a tightly knit and distinctive group with common goals and aspirations.