This concentration focuses on the inner working of the computer, how transistors work and are used in computer architecture. You will learn hardware programming and how it connects with the software. You will have the opportunity to develop your software programming skills however it doesn’t specialise in that area like computer science. From the electives you have the option to learn about diverse topics, from web development to computer graphics and rendering. From what you choose to do in your coops, there is a high chance to develop some skills and fill in the gaps in academics, such as learning CAD and PCB design.
Software Engineer, Web Developer, Embedded Systems, Hardware Designer, FPGA Engineer, or ASIC Developer.
If you are not interested in the hardware side of programming, best option is Computer Science where the focus is on software development and engineering.
The electronics concentration is fitted for students interested in electronics, analog circuitry, and telecommunications. It will develop an advanced knowledge of electrical theory, electromagnetics and vector calculus. If you like working with circuits in the lab, from key classes ENSC 220: Electric Circuits I and ENSC 225: Microelectronics, then electronics may be the choice for you. There is also an optional honours program, which includes a thesis, that would be beneficial for students pursuing research and graduate studies.
This concentration will open doors to careers like designing electronics and consulting.
The focus is on electronics and not power, which can limit your opportunties. It is recommended to supplment your technical skills with co-ops, design teams, and personal projects.
Systems Engineering is the “kitchen sink” of engineering programs at SFU. You learn a little bit of electrical, computer, software, and hardware. It is also the only Engineering Science concentration that touches on mechanical engineering! By getting a more general degree and learning a portion of multiple concentrations, you can see the big-picture and bridge the gap between different project teams. Having a broad degree doesn’t limit you by your undergrad and you can specialize into an area once you’re in the work force. If you’re a “jack of all trades”, this concentration might be the one for you!
Project Management is a great place to apply your varied knowledge in a variety of topics. For more technical roles, possibilities include product design, manufacturing, robotics, and more!
Systems students also significantly benefit from co-ops and design team experience to build practical skills like CAD, P&ID, and PCB design.
Biomedical Engineering at SFU focuses on electronic and medical devices in this broad and interdisciplinary field. By taking courses from the BPK department and elective courses that focus on the biomedical field, you will become familiarised and skilled in human physiology and medical devices. Your skills then can help patients and the medical industry to improve human life. With the co-op program, you will become trained anvd gain experience in this industry such as Kardium, and LivaNova. Towards the end of your undergrad degree, you will be doing a thesis that allows you to learn academic research and writing. This will prepare you for graduate school if you are interested in pursuing higher education.
There are many local companies developing medical devices. You can also work in a hospital or doing research.
It can be challenging to find a co-op specific to Biomedical Engineering.
Engineering Physics is a unique and challenging concentration that combines the software and electronics skills of an Engineer with the scientific skills of a physicist. You will learn about the theory and applications of Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetic waves, and more! Your honours thesis will give you hands-on experience doing innovative research and academic writing, making you the ideal candidate to be accepted for graduate school
You can be the perfect fit for a career developing quantum computers at D-wave or studying particle physics at TRIUMF! Your broad expertise will allow you to pursue many different career paths.
Gain desirable industry skills by joining a cool design team like SFU Satellite or SFU Rocketry.