Reduced load program

The reduced load program (RLP) is designed to allow students to complete their 1A courses over two academic terms (typically fall and spring). Since students are completing 1A over two terms, graduation will be delayed by one full year.

Joining the RLP is optional, please contact the First Year Engineering Office for more information. Students who appear to be struggling based on their midterm performance will be sent an email to learn more about the program.

What are the advantages of the RLP?

The RLP allows students two terms to transition from high school to university. This includes the opportunity to learn and develop their time management, problem-solving and study skills habits, to name a few. Students that are struggling with the transition to University, or had an IEP in high school should consider it.

Students in the RLP also take GENE 101, which is a course designed to help them become successful independent learners through learned study skills, a better understanding of their personality type, and an understanding of how personal wellness affects academic success.

What courses would I take during each given term?

Architectural Engineering students take:
  • Fall Term: AE 100, AE 101, AE 104, and AE 115.
  • Spring Term: CHE 102, MATH 117 (to replace MATH 116), and GENE 101.
Chemical Engineering students take:
  • Fall Term: CHE 100, CHE 120, CHE 180, and one of MATH 115 or MATH 116.
  • Spring Term: CHE 102, the remaining Math course (MATH 116 my be replaced with MATH 117), and GENE 101.
Civil, Environmental, and Geological Engineering students take: 
  • Fall Term: CIVE/ENVE/GEOE 100, CIVE 104, CIVE/ENVE/GEOE 115, and ENGL/SPCOM 191.
  • Spring Term: CHE 102, MATH 117 (to replace MATH 116), and GENE 101.
Electrical and Computer Engineering students take:
  • Fall Term: ECE 105, ECE 150, ECE 190, ECE 198, and ARTS 190.
  • Spring Term: MATH 115, MATH 117, and GENE 101.
Management and Mechanical Engineering students take:
  • Fall Term: Concepts course (MSCI 100, ME 100), (one of CHE 102 or PHYS 115) and (one of MATH 115 or MATH 116).
  • Spring Term: (one of CHE 102 or PHYS 115), the remaining Math course (MATH 116 may be replaced with MATH 117), and GENE 101.
Mechatronics Engineering students take:
  • Fall Term: MTE 100, MTE 121 and one of MATH 115 or MATH 116.
  • Spring Term: CHE 102, the remaining Math course (MATH 116 may be replaced with MATH 117), and GENE 101.
Nanotechnology Engineering students take:
  • Fall Term: NE 100, NE 109, NE 111, and NE 121.
  • Spring Term: MATH 115 (may be replaced with NE 112), MATH 117, and GENE 101.

Biomedical and Systems Design Engineering students should contact the First-year office. Software engineering students should consult with their academic advisor.

What are the financial implications?

The financial impact is that students will be required to pay tuition and incidental fees for both the fall and spring RLP terms.

What are the promotion rules?

The promotion rules can be found in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar under Examinations and Promotions. Promotion decisions will be determined following each RLP term.

What happens with my co-op term?

How do I register for the RLP?

Students who asre interested in joining the RLP should make an appointment with one of the First Year Engineering Academic Advisors. Students can schedule an appointment by visiting the Engineering Undergraduate Office in E2 1772 during business hours, or by emailing First Year Engineering. The student and the academic advisor together, will review the program terms and conditions, and complete the RLP agreement and other applicable forms. Once the forms are complete, the designated courses will be dropped from the course schedule and the student will stop attending those classes.