Programs of Undergraduate Studies
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers undergraduate degree programs in Electrical Engineering (Honours), and Computer Engineering. All programs provide students with a strong background in mathematics, basic sciences, engineering science, engineering design and complementary studies, in conformity with the requirements of the Canadian Engineering Acreditation Board (CEAB).
The program in Electrical and Computer Engineering gives students a broad understanding of the key principles that are responsible for the extraordinary advances in the technology of computers, micro-electronics, automation and robotics, telecommunications and power systems. These areas are critical to the development of our industries and, more generally, to our economy. A graduate of this program is exposed to all basic elements of electrical engineering and can function in any of our client industries. This breadth is what distinguishes an engineer from, say, a computer scientist or physicist.
The program in Electrical Engineering (Honours) is designed for students who wish to pursue postgraduate work and look to a career in advanced research and development. The technical complementaries are selected from graduate courses. facilitating the transition to postgraduate studies. Students in this curriculum benefit from smaller classes and have more contact with professorial staff and graduate students. However, the program is quite demanding. Students are expected to register for at least 14 credits per semester; they may register for a smaller number only with the permission of the Chair of this Department. Students in the Honours program must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. Those who fail to maintain this standard are transferred to the regular program.
The program in Computer Engineering provides students with greater depth and breadth of knowledge in the hardware and software aspects of computers. Student are exposed to both theoretical and practical issues of both hardware and software in well-equipped laboratories. Although the program is designed to meet the growing demands by industry for engineers with a strong background in modern computer technology, it also provides the underlying depth for graduate studies in all fields of Computer Engineering.
In addition to technical complementary courses, students in all three programs take general complementary courses in social sciences, administrative studies and humanities. These courses allowed students to develop specific interests in area such as psychology, economics, management or political science.