Undergraduate Students

Program at a Glance

The School of Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) 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.

Course Schedules

View the courses that are planned to be offered every term from Fall 2019-Summer 2023.

Example plans

Click here to see the example course schedule for first-year students starting in Fall 2020
*details are subject to change

Year 1

Term 1 (Fall 2020) Term 2 (Spring 2021)
Term 3 (Summer 2021)
  • SEE 110 Energy, Environment, & Society
  • MATH 150 or Math 151 Calculus I with Review or Calculus I
  • CMPT 130 Intro to Computer Programming I
  • SEE 100 Engineering Graphics & Software for Design
  • SEE 101W Process, Form, and Convention in Professional Genres
  • PHYS 120 + PHYS 132 *Fall 2020 only* (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 & Lab I
  • PHYS 121 + PHYS 133 *Spring 2021 only* (PHYS 141 Studio Physics – Optics, Electricity & Magnetism)
  • SEE 221 Statics & Mechanics of Materials
  • MATH 251 Calculus III
  • MATH 260 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations
  • SEE 230 Electric Circuits
  • SEE 241 Measurement, Analysis & Forecasting

 

Year 2

Term 1 (Fall 2021) Term 2 (Spring 2022) Term 3 (Summer 2022)
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 2022) Term 2 (Spring 2023) Term 3 (Summer 2023)
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 2023) Term 2 (Spring 2024)
  • 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
  • Complementary Elective (B-Hum)
  • SEE 402 Professional Engineering Ethics and Practice

*One of: SEE 460 - Additive Manufacturing and Sustainable Design; SEE 461 - Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly; SEE 462 - Manufacturing Processes and Materials; SEE 463 - Embedded Computer Systems; ENSC 450 - VLSI Systems Design; ENSC 495 - Introduction to Microelectronic Fabrication; MSE 480 - Manufacturing Systems; MSE 481 - Industrial Control Systems

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

Year 2

Term 1 (Fall 2020) Term 2 (Spring 2021) Term 3 (Summer 2021)
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 2021) Term 2 (Spring 2022) Term 3 (Summer 2022)
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 2022) Term 2 (Spring 2023)
  • 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
  • Complementary Elective (B-Hum)
  • SEE 402 Professional Engineering Ethics and Practice

*One of: SEE 460 - Additive Manufacturing and Sustainable Design; SEE 461 - Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly; SEE 462 - Manufacturing Processes and Materials; SEE 463 - Embedded Computer Systems; ENSC 450 - VLSI Systems Design; ENSC 495 - Introduction to Microelectronic Fabrication; MSE 480 - Manufacturing Systems; MSE 481 - Industrial Control Systems

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 3

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

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 350 - Energy Management for a Sustainable Climate and Society * must appeal to waive REM 321
  • 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
  • Complementary Elective (B-Hum)
  • SEE 402 Professional Engineering Ethics and Practice

*One of: SEE 460 - Additive Manufacturing and Sustainable Design; SEE 461 - Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly; SEE 462 - Manufacturing Processes and Materials; SEE 463 - Embedded Computer Systems; ENSC 450 - VLSI Systems Design; ENSC 495 - Introduction to Microelectronic Fabrication; MSE 480 - Manufacturing Systems; MSE 481 - Industrial Control Systems

Forms and Policies

All requests for exception to existing SFU policy and program requirements should be made in writing to ensure consistency and fairness for all students through SEE Appeal Form.

 

*New: Policy for Course Prerequisite Waiver Appeals

The policy considers two different scenarios, 1) the student intends to waive the prerequisite, based on their existing knowledge of the course, and 2) the student has not succeeded in acquiring the minimum requirements of the prerequisite course in the first attempt, and intends to retake the course as corequisite.
 

Criteria
When considering a prerequisite waiver appeal, depending on the above-mentioned scenarios, the following criteria will be considered:

1) Prerequisite waiver based on existing knowledge of the course material

  • Proof of successfully finishing an equivalent course in other institutes, in which case the student should make the appeal for Course Substitution/Waiver Appeal, or
  • Demonstrated expertise in the requested prerequisite course subjects, e.g. first author of a relevant peer-reviewed publication, or minimum one year of relevant industrial experience

2) Prerequisite waiver to retake the course as corequisite

Students who withdraw from the prerequisite course are not eligible to make the appeal for prerequisite waiver.

  • No less than D-grade in the failed prerequisite course, and
  • Good academic standing with minimum CGPA 2.67, and
  • Approval from the instructor of the course, for which the prerequisite is being waived, and
  • Consent to the fact that, in case of the appeal approval, the student cannot register in follow-on courses unless they pass both the corequisite, and the course for which the prerequisite is waived.

Missed Exam Policy

Midterm Exams
There is currently no university policy covering missed midterm exams. Instructors may use their discretion whether to allow a student to write a deferred exam, to provide an alternative method to make up the percentage of the grade given to the midterm exam (a project, verbal exam, etc.), or to change the grading structure to add the weight normally assigned to the midterm exam to another part of the grading structure (by adding it to the final exam, for example). The instructors are advised to be consistent in applying the exam make-up policies. 

Final Exams
Students are instructed to be available throughout the entire final exam period, and not to make travel plans, etc. during that time period. The normal rule is that students requesting deferral of a final exam due to illness or compassionate reasons should obtain a physician’s certificate or other supporting documents. Such documents must be filed with the school director or registrar within four days of the date on which the exam was to be written. The appropriate form is available here – see ‘Appeals / Health Care Provider statement, general (non-withdrawal)’

Advising Support

To ensure your success, SEE advisors offer a diverse range of services that will support you from today to graduation and beyond. For more information regarding our advising services as well as how to contact an advisor please visit www.sfu.ca/fas/advising.