Calculator Recommendations
The following table presents the current calculator recommendations in the Technology Programs for which the Math department teaches courses. As such, it is only intended as a guideline to buying calculators unless there is a particular requirement by the technology, which will be indicated in additional notes column. Please note that these recommendations are based on the information provided by the current Math instructors and it may vary from year to year.
If you wish to be certain about the use of a particular calculator you should wait until starting your program to determine the current policy of your instructors.
Note: This information only represents the opinions of the BCIT Math Department instructors and different restrictions may exist with other departments at BCIT.
Program  Math Department Recommendations  Additional Notes 

Biomedical Engineering  Sharp EL 516 

Building Engineering Technology  
Business  Contact the Business Department for information regarding their calculator requirements  
Chemical Sciences Technology  Sharp EL520 Sharp El546 

Civil Engineering  Some restrictions to a very simple nonprogrammable calculator for tests.  Contact the Civil Department for the currently acceptable calculator models. 
Computer Systems Technology Computer Information Technology 
Trigonometric functions required.  
Electrical Engineering  Calculator with complex (imaginary numbers) functions such as Sharp EL546, EL520 or Casio 991 series  
Technology Entry (TE)  ONLY the following Sharp advanced (D.A.L) scientific calculator models are acceptable for TE chemistry, mathematics and physics courses: EL520X and the EL546X 

Biotechnology and Food Technology  Require log/ln/exp and basic statistics functions  It is recommended that unless they have good reason to do so, students do not buy a programmable calculator. 
Fish, Wildlife and Recreation  Sharp EL520 or Sharp EL546, but other scientific calculators are fine (see additional note).  Need a calculator which can do trigonometric functions, logarithms, powers, univariate and bivariate statistics such as regressions and correlations 
Geomatics Technology  Scientific Calculator with statistical functions 

Mechanical Engineering 
Requires one of Sharp EL520 Sharp El546 HP 33S HP 35S 
No graphing calculator allowed by Mechanical Program. 
Mining Diploma  Scientific calculator with statistical functions including linear regression  Some restriction on graphing calculators for tests. 
Nuclear Medicine  Any calculator that does linear and quadratic regression (typical cost = less than $30)  Programmable calculators are not permitted on the national examinations. 
Occupational Health and Safety  TI 83 
Check with Occupational Health and Safety Program for their requirement 
Prosthetics and Orthotics  
Plastics Technology  
Mechatronics and Robotics  Requires one of Sharp EL520 Sharp El546 HP 33S HP 35S342 
Need a calculator that can handle complex numbers and matrix operations (up to 4x4). 
Technology Teacher Education  Check with program 
Miscellaneous Notes:
Nonprogrammable Calculators
There are quite a number of models on the market for under $35 typically. The following two are merely ones that instructors at BCIT have found to be good choices and as such are just personal recommendations.
 The Sharp EL546 or EL520 combine standard scientific and statistical functions with a good complex algebra mode making it a popular choice. It also does twovariable statistics such as regression and correlation. More information on this calculator can be found at the Sharp website.
 The Casio 991 series is also a good choice with similar features: Casio Canada website This may have a different model number in the United States.
Programmable/Graphing Calculators
Programmable calculators may include all the same functions although typically are more expensive.
Programmable and graphing calculators tend to have more restrictions placed on their use in tests due to their ability to record information in them. Since they are generally quite expensive it is recommended that they not be purchased unless there is a definite requirement.
At this time, few of the courses taught by the BCIT Math Department require a graphing calculator in any significant way. As graphing calculators are becoming mandatory in secondary school their use can be expected to become more acceptable in the future.