What is U-Start?

U-Start is a collection of pre-orientation activities and resources to help new USask students prepare for university. USask Engineering has collected all the UStart info you need in an easy-to-use handbook.

Core classes

All undergraduate students admitted to the College of Engineering are required to complete a common first year of undeclared studies (known as the "first-year common core") before applying for admission into an upper-year major (also referred to as your discipline). 

Prospective students who begin their studies in a college other than the College of Engineering are encouraged to consult an academic advisor within the Engineering Student Centre on a regular basis to plan their program of study, choose courses (including electives), and monitor their academic progress.


Follow these steps for hassle-free registration

1. Read the First-Year Registration Guide

Students are responsible for registering for their own classes. The First-Year Registration Guide has key information to help you plan your first year. Make sure to read through the 2020-2021 Registration Guide in full before registering for classes.

2. Determine your strategy for first-year math

Credit for Advanced Placement Math 

The College of Engineering will accept your credit for AP MATH 110.3 (with a grade of 4 or higher), to fulfill the MATH 123.3 first-year common core requirement, however, it is still strongly recommended that you take or audit MATH 123.3. This is to ensure you have the best foundation possible to meet the academic demands of MATH 124.3.

Registered for Math 123.3? Take the Math Placement Test (MPT)*
*NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective immediately, MPTs will not be mandatory. You are advised to use the Sample Math Placement Test to self-assess whether you recall enough of the basic precalculus math skills needed to do well in calculus.    

If you are registered in MATH 123.3 in Term 1, you are expected to reserve a seat to write the Math Placement Test (MPT) as early as possible in the summer:

  1. Reservation is required to take the test. Go to the Math Placement Test website. 
  2. A sample test is available for you to practise on beforehand. 

3. Confirm which science electives you need to take

First-year students who intend to register in the Chemical Engineering program are advised to complete CHEM 115 in their first year; otherwise, they must take the course in the first term of their second year.

First-year students who intend to register in the Civil Engineering, Geological Engineering, or Environmental Engineering programs are advised to complete GEOL 121 in their first year; otherwise, they must take the course in the first term of their second year.

Undergraduate students registered in the Environmental Engineering program must complete BIOL 120, CHEM 115, and GEOL 121 by the end of their second year.

4. Be prepared to follow up 

If the class section in one of your blocks is already full, please keep trying on PAWS until the end of August for Term 1 classes and until end of December for Term 2 classes.

If you are still unable to register, please come to the Engineering Student Centre during the first week of classes.

First-year supports

Facilitated study sessions

Get the help you need!

• All first-year students are welcome to attend
• Held Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:30 pm
• Located in the Engineering Library.
• Discuss and clarify concepts with professors, upper-year students and your peers
• Practise problems and prepare for exams
• Get help developing effective study strategies

Learning communities

What is a Learning Community? A Learning Community (LC) is a group of 30 students from the same college who share a common schedule.

What happens in an LC? Engineering LC students meet weekly in an LC Hour with two Peer Mentors. These upper-year university students help students in the LC learn more about their program, how to study, and get academic help.

How do I join an LC? Register now for a 2020-21 USask Engineering Learning Communities.