Faculty of Applied Sciences

Schools in the Faculty of Applied Science

Every School in the Faculty – Computing Science, Engineering ScienceMechatronic Systems Engineering and Sustainable Energy Engineering – demonstrates a strong focus on technology-based innovation. Students at both the undergraduate and graduate level will learn to meet the challenges of growing technology use in everyday life.

School of Computing Science

The School of Computing Science is ranked as one of the top 100 computer science departments in the world and one of the top five in Canada (2012 Academic Rankings of World Universities). It is one of the largest in Western Canada with 1300 undergraduate students, 200 graduate students and 55 faculty members.

The School covers every major computing science field through its faculty expertise and has well-developed links to other SFU departments, including Mathematics, Biology, Geography, Philosophy and Linguistics. Software Systems, a hands-on program that prepares students to develop high-quality software for public and private industry, is offered at SFU's Surrey campus.

Faculty members are among Canada’s top-tier of researchers and include two Canada Research Chairs and two Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholars. Computing Science maintains close industry relationships contributing to strong and vital mentorship programs, and a wealth of co-op/internship and professional development opportunities.

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School of Engineering Science

All undergraduate programs in the School of Engineering Science are nationally accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

Engineering Science at SFU is non-traditional, and instead emphasizes advanced technologies to prepare students to be innovators in tomorrow’s high-tech world. Fields of study include biomedical technology, electronics, engineering physics, systems and computers. Students participate in mandatory co-op terms that provide excellent training and job prospects.

Faculty members are leading-edge researchers and include two Canada Research Chairs, two Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholars and several who hold industrial research chairs.

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School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering

SFU's Mechatronic Systems Engineering was named one of Canada's top engineering programs by Maclean's magazine. Entrepreneurial in spirit, the School encourages students to pursue new product launches through its capstone project and in-house business courses

Accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, Mechatronics is a unique integration of three areas: mechanical, electronic and software engineering. Students complete a rigourous program in the design and development of computer controlled electromechanical products and systems. These systems are used in a wide range of industries including automotive, manufacturing, robotics, biomedical, aerospace, consumer products and countless others.

Strong industry relationships enable students to apply their research to solve real-world issues and create excellent co-op opportunities.

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School of Sustainable Energy Engineering

SFU's School of Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) welcomed its first cohort of students in Fall 2019. This school's interdisciplinary program is the first of its kind in Western Canada and is offered in a new state-of-the-art facility that is located on SFU's Surrey campus. The program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

This engineering field involves the development of solutions for the harvesting, storage, transmission and use of energy, with careful consideration of economic, environmental, societal and cultural implications. SEE combines courses from other disciplines including the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Environment and the Beedie School of Business to provide students with a unique and specific education on foundational engineering principles, design practices, current technologies, economics, and policies associated with the global cleantech sector. Through engaging learning environments, students will develop a multidisciplinary approach to solve problems, a skill that is in demand in the industry.

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