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Calculator policy

The UNB Department of Civil Engineering has adopted a policy regarding the use of calculators in exams and midterms, whereby only a limited number of calculator makes and models will be permitted. The purpose of this policy is to provide a level playing field for all students, and to prevent the use of calculators with text storage, programming, and/or communication capabilities.

The list of permitted, or “standard” calculators is given below. They are all in the price range of $11 - $30.


The specific regulation is: In any Civil Engineering examination, midterm, or test, a student must not have in their possession any electronic device except an approved (“Civil standard”) calculator, unless such device is specifically permitted, in writing, by the instructor.

The term “electronic device” includes calculators, cell phones, PDAs, iPods, CD players, etc.

The make and model of the calculator must be clearly legible. Any attempt to modify, deface, or replace the model number will be treated as an academic offense.

Permitted calculators for 2017-18

1000-, 2000- or 3000- level courses

  • Texas Instruments TI-30X (includes 30XA, 30XSMultiview, 30X IIS, 30 eco RS)

4000- or 5000- level courses

  • Casio FX-85 (various models)
  • Casio FX-260
  • Casio FX-115MS
  • Casio FX-300 (various models)
  • Casio FX-991MS (not ES models)
  • Canon F-502 Texas Instruments TI-30X (various models)

Approved at the March 14, 2017 Civil Engineering Department Meeting