Electronics Engineering

Is it for me?

Electronic circuits, IC chips, microprocessors, microcontrollers and devices provide the backbone of a vast array of modern devices in fields ranging from computers, communications, transportation, controls for automotive industry, manufacturing, mining, power generation, networking and security to name a few. Inside the gaming consoles, televisions, computers, smartphones, modern vehicles are a complex set of electronics that grew from a century of circuit design. Every component – from the RAM chips to the processors and the touchscreen of tablets and cell-phones – were co-designed by electronics engineers, each making key advances on existing technologies. In this option, you will be inspired, challenged and trained to design the next level of advancements in a potentially limitless range of high-tech fields.

The Electronics Engineering option at Simon Fraser University trains the next generation of Electronics engineers with a firm grounding in the advanced mathematics, physics and programming courses. Specialized courses cover fundamental aspects of electronics engineering such as electronic materials and devices, sensors, actuators, digital systems design, embedded and real-time software systems, feedback control systems, high frequency electronics, communication networks, digital communications leading to detailed understanding of the design and architecture of microprocessors, microcontrollers and silicon integrated circuits (ICs). Many laboratory exercises are embedded in the curriculum providing hands-on experience in designing and building micro-circuits, CAD design and Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) chip design; for example our students design and fabricate their own chips in one of Canada's only microfabrication facilities open for undergraduate students.

An electronic engineer is a versatile engineer as s/he possesses expertise and deep understanding of fundamental principles and a range of hi-tech skills for employment or entrepreneurship in a wide array of engineering domains.

What will I learn?

You’ll start by mastering the the key elements of physics and the language of mathematics, along with strong software design and programming skills. You will then master the basics of circuit and chip design, signal processing, feedback control systems and move on to analyzing and designing complex electronics systems. From here, your creativity and imagination will be fired to discover and design the next generation of high-tech solutions. You will spend a year working in related industry via our co-op program which will give you industry experience and set you up for positions in industry or entrepreneurship upon graduation. In your career as an electronics engineer, you’ll be empowered to invent innovative, faster, smaller and cost-effective hi-tech solutions that make the world a better place.

For more information on the curriculum and academic requirements for Electronics Engineering, click here.


The sky’s the limit when it comes to careers based on this option. You could become a design and development engineer in the electronics industry, computer industry or telecommunications industry. Alternatively, you could become a microelectronic circuits and systems design engineer

Contact Us

Need assistance? If you have any questions about our Electronics Engineering program option, please contact:

For information on how to apply or how to transfer into Electronics Engineering, please also cc your email to the FAS advisors at asadvise@sfu.ca.

For information on specific courses, please contact the Undergraduate Program Assistant in Engineering Science.