Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) - Program Information

SEE is a new Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) program that will be offered by Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Applied Sciences beginning in Fall 2019. It’s the first program of its kind in Western Canada and will be hosted in the new building that is being constructed on SFU’s Surrey Campus.

SEE Your SFU Story

Think about the world around you and unfold your story in the new SEE program. You will be immersed in an interdisciplinary learning environment where you will develop in-demand skills to prepare you to become a global leader in clean technology.

SEE Societal Impact

Discover the potential that you have in shaping a better tomorrow. You will become industry-ready to work in high demand sectors such as cleantech, renewable energy, smart cities, sustainable manufacturing, clean power generation and utilization, and sustainable food and water solutions.

SEE Immersive Experiences

Through engaging learning environments, you will develop a unique skill set. The SEE program offers you:

  • integrated co-operative paid work experiences,
  • laboratory and teamwork based courses,
  • community driven projects,
  • collaborative research opportunities, and
  • brand new facilities through a state-of-the-art building, currently in construction at SFU Surrey.

SEE Interdisciplinary Education

The program will combine courses from other disciplines including the Faculty of Science, Beedie School of Business and the Faculty of Environment to provide you with a unique and specific education on foundational engineering principles, design practices, current technologies, economics and policies associated with the global cleantech sector. You will develop a multidisciplinary approach to solve problems, a skill that is in demand in the industry.

SEE Program at a Glance

The SEE program will embed experiential learning opportunities to engage students from day one. Project-based and problem-based learning will be integrated throughout the curriculum:

Years 1 & 2 will provide a scientific and engineering foundation on which the rest of the program will build upon.

Years 3 & 4 will offer a unique portfolio of advanced engineering courses including technologies and systems for energy harvesting, conversion, storage and use. In addition to engineering, students will learn entrepreneurship, economics and policy studies.

Capstone projects will require students to design and implement sustainable energy solutions, and to integrate business, social and economic models into sustainable engineering design.

Mandatory co-operative education will provide students the opportunity to take part in three paid work terms in the industry. This will allow students to earn industry experience and sharpen their skill sets.

Example course schedules

Click here to see the example course schedule for first-year students starting in Fall 2019
*details are subject to change

Year 1

Term 1 (Fall) Term 2 (Spring) Term 3 (Summer)
  • SEE 110 Energy, Environment & Society
  • MATH 151 Calculus I
  • CMPT 130 Intro to Computer Programming I
  • SEE 100 Engineering Graphics & Software for Design
  • SEE 101W Process, Form & Convention in Professional Genres
  • PHYS 140 Mechanics & Modern Physics
  • SEE 111 Integrated Energy Solution I
  • MATH 152 Calculus II
  • MATH 232 Applied Linear Algebra
  • CMPT 135 Intro to Computer Programming II
  • CHEM 121 General Chemistry and Lab
  • PHYS 141 Optics, Electricity & Magnetism
  • SEE 221 Statics & Mechanics of Materials
  • MATH 251 Calculus III
  • MATH 310 Intro to Differential Equations
  • SEE 230 Electric Circuits
  • SEE 241 Measurement, Analysis & Forecasting

 

Year 2

Term 1 (Fall) Term 2 (Spring) Term 3 (Summer)
Co-op
  • SEE 222 Engineering Materials for Energy Systems
  • SEE 224 Thermodynamics for Energy Engineering
  • SEE 251 Electric Machines & Energy Conversion
  • SEE 231 Electronic Devices & Systems
  • SEE 242 Computational Methods for Engineers
  • SEE 225 Fluid Mechanics
  • SEE 310 Integrated Energy Solution II
  • SEE 324 Heat & Mass Transfer for Energy Engineering
  • BUS 238 Intro to Entrepreneurship & Innovation (B-Soc)
  • SEE 331 Power Electronics
  • SEE 341 Signals & Systems

 

Year 3

Term 1 (Fall) Term 2 (Spring) Term 3 (Summer)
Co-op Co-op
  • SEE 351 Bioprocess Engineering Systems
  • SEE 352 Power Generation & Conversion
  • SEE 332 Power Systems Analysis & Design
  • SEE 354 Energy Storage
  • SEE 300 The Business of Engineering
  • SEE 342 Feedback Control Systems

 

Year 4

Term 1 (Fall) Term 2 (Spring)
  • SEE 410W Sustainable Energy Design Project I
  • SEE Technical Elective I*
  • SEE Technical Elective II*
  • SEE 325 Mechanical Design with FEA, - or - SEE 333 Network & Communication Systems
  • REM 321 Ecological Economics (B-Soc)
  • SEE 411 Sustainable Energy Design Project II
  • SEE Technical Elective III*
  • GEOG Elective (GEOG 324 Geography of Transportation, -or- GEOG 362W Geography of Urban Built Environments, -or- GEOG 323 Industrial Location)
  • Complementary Elective (B-Hum)
  • SEE 402 Professional Engineering Ethics and Practice

*One of: SEE 460, SEE 461, SEE 462, SEE 463, ENSC 450, ENSC 495, MSE 480 or MSE 481

Click here to see the example course schedule for post-secondary and internal transfer students starting in Fall 2019
*details are subject to change

Year 2 (2019/20)

Term 1 (Fall 2019) Term 2 (Spring 2020) Term 3 (Summer 2020)
  • SEE 221 Statics & Mechanics of Materials
  • MATH 251 Calculus III
  • MATH 310 Intro to Differential Equations
  • SEE 230 Electric Circuits
  • SEE 241 Measurement, Analysis & Forecasting
  • SEE 222 Engineering Materials for Energy Systems
  • SEE 224 Thermodynamics for Energy Engineering
  • SEE 251 Electric Machines & Energy Conversion
  • SEE 231 Electronic Devices & Systems
  • SEE 242 Computational Methods for Engineers
  • SEE 225 Fluid Mechanics
  • SEE 310 Integrated Energy Solution II
  • SEE 324 Heat & Mass Transfer for Energy Engineering
  • BUS 238 Intro to Entrepreneurship & Innovation (B-Soc)
  • SEE 331 Power Electronics
  • SEE 341 Signals & Systems

 

Year 3 (2020/21)

Term 1 (Fall 2020) Term 2 (Spring 2021) Term 3 (Summer 2021)
Co-op Co-op
  • SEE 351 Bioprocess Engineering Systems
  • SEE 352 Power Generation & Conversion
  • SEE 332 Power Systems Analysis & Design
  • SEE 354 Energy Storage
  • SEE 300 The Business of Engineering
  • SEE 342 Feedback Control Systems

 

Year 4 (2021/22)

Term 1 (Fall 2021) Term 2 (Spring 2022) Term 3 (Summer 2022)
Co-op
  • SEE 410W Sustainable Energy Design Project I
  • SEE Technical Elective I*
  • SEE Technical Elective II*
  • SEE 325 Mechanical Design with FEA, - or - SEE 333 Network & Communication Systems
  • REM 321 Ecological Economics (B-Soc)
  • SEE 411 Sustainable Energy Design Project II
  • SEE Technical Elective III*
  • GEOG Elective (GEOG 324 Geography of Transportation, -or- GEOG 362W Geography of Urban Built Environments, -or- GEOG 323 Industrial Location)
  • Complementary Elective (B-Hum)
  • SEE 402 Professional Engineering Ethics and Practice

*One of: SEE 460, SEE 461, SEE 462, SEE 463, ENSC 450, ENSC 495, MSE 480 or MSE 481