Curriculum: Systems Engineering

Core courses and typical schedule

This curriculum is for students who entered the Engineering Science program in summer 2013 or earlier. 

A typical schedule for this option is provided below. Please consult official degree requirements in the university calendar for more details.

(Honors, General)

Year 1

Term 1, Fall Term 2, Spring Summer
CHEM 121-4 General Chemistry & Lab ENSC 102-1 Form, Style, & Professional Genres*  
CMPT 128-3 Intro to Computing Science & Programming for Engineers* ENSC 150-3 Intro to Computer Design*
ENSC 100(w)-3 Engineering, Science, and Society* MATH 152-3 Calculus II*
ENSC 101(w)-3 Writing Process, Persuasion, & Presentations* MATH 232-3 Elementary Linear Algebra*
MATH 151-3 Calculus I - or MATH 150 PHYS 121-3 Optics, Electricity, & Magnetism*
PHYS 120-3 Modern Physics & Mechanics* PHYS 131-2 General Physics Lab*
Cmpl I First Complementary Elective

Year 2

Term 3, Fall
Term 4, Summer
ECON 103-4
Principles of Microeconomics
Co-op Term
CMPT 225-3
Data Structures & Programming*
ENSC 215-3
Microcontroller/Assembly Programming
ENSC 204-1
Graphical Communication for Engineering*
ENSC 220-3
Electronic Circuits I*
ENSC 225-4
MACM 101-3
Discrete Mathematics I*
ENSC 250-3
Intro to Computer Architecture*
MATH 251-3
Calculus III*
PHYS 221-3
MATH 310-3
Differential Equations*
STAT 270-3
Intro to Probability & Statistics*

Year 3

Fall Term 5, Spring Summer Term 6, Fall
Co-op Term ENSC 230-4 Intro to Mechanical Design* Co-op Term ENSC 325-4 Microelectronics II*
ENSC 304-1 Human Factors & Usability Engineering* ENSC 383-4 Feedback Control Systems*
ENSC 320-3 Electric Circuits II* ENSC 387-4 Intro to Electromechanical Sensors & Actuators*
ENSC 330-3 Engineering Materials Cmpl II Second Complementary Elective
ENSC 351-4 Real Time & Embedded Systems* Scie I Science Elective
ENSC 380-3 Linear Systems*

Year 4

Term 7, Spring Summer Term 8, Fall
ENSC 305-1 Project Documentation & Team Dynamics*   ENSC 201-3 The Business of Engineering
ENSC 406-2 Engineering Laws & Ethics* ENSC 488-4 Intro to Robotics*
ENSC 440-4 Capstone Engineering Science Project ENSC 489-4 Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing*
ENSC 483-4 Modern Control Systems* ENSC 4XX-4 Second Engineering Science Elective
MACM 316-3 Numerical Analysis I    
ENSC 4XX-4 First Engineering Science Elective

*should be completed in the designated term; consequences of deviating from this schedule are the responsibility of the student.

**Must be an approved Systems Engineering elective. See the list of approved electives below.

Additional Requirements for Honours:

  • ENSC 498-3    Engineering Science Thesis Proposal
  • ENSC 499-9    Engineering Science Undergraduate Thesis

*should be completed in the designated term; consequences of deviating from this schedule are the responsibility of the student.


Engineering Science Electives:

  • ENSC 424 Multimedia Communications Engineering
  • ENSC 425 Electronic System Design
  • ENSC 426 High Frequency Electronics
  • ENSC 427 Communication Networks
  • ENSC 428 Digital Communications
  • ENSC 429 Digital Signal Processing
  • ENSC 450 VSLI Systems Design
  • ENSC 452 Advanced Digital System Design
  • ENSC 470 Optical and Laser Engineering Applications
  • ENSC 472 Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Devices
  • ENSC 474  Digital/Medical Image Processing
  • ENSC 476 Biophotonics and Microscopy Techniques
  • ENSC 481 Designing for Reliability
  • ENSC 484/MSE 481 Industrial Control Systems
  • ENSC 495 Introduction to Microelectronic Fabrication

Special topics courses in the 400 division that have been approved by the undergraduate curriculum committee chair and the director can be counted here. With permission of the undergraduate curriculum committee chair, students may replace one engineering science elective with an engineering science directed studies course or a special project laboratory course. Such replacements for an engineering science elective must have four units and be 400 division courses.