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Faculty of Applied Sciences


Schools in the Faculty of Applied Science

Every School in the Faculty – Computing Science, Engineering Science and Mechatronic Systems 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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