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 as of Fall 2022. For a list of courses offered in previous semesters, please see this page.

Click here to see the example course schedule
*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 & Lab
  • PHYS 141 Optics, Electricity & Magnetism
  • SEE 221 Statics & Mechanics of Materials
  • MATH 251 Calculus III
  • MATH 260 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 (Industrial or Special Internship)
  • 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 (Industrial or Special Internship) Co-op (Industrial or Special Internship)
  • 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 350 Energy Management for a Sustainable Climate and Society (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



Forms and Policies

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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.

 

*New: Policy for Course Substitution and Credit Transfer

The policy considers three different scenarios:

1. the course is completed in an institute with which SEE does not have an existing transfer agreement, or

2. the course is completed in an institute with which SEE does have an existing transfer agreement, or

3. the course is completed in another SFU program and credit transfer is requested based on the course description equivalency statement in SEE calendar.
 

Criteria
When reviewing a course substitution or a credit transfer appeal, depending on the above-mentioned scenarios, the following criteria will be considered by UCC chair:

1) If the course is completed in an institute that SEE does not have an existing transfer agreement with.

  • Only first and second-year courses will be taken into consideration.
  • The institute that course is completed in, must be from either: 
    • an accredited engineering program within Canada
    • an institute or university that is a member of the Washington Accord
  • Courses with significant (>25%) Engineering Design and/or Engineering Science content will not be transferred, unless it can be verified that:
    • the courses are significantly (>75%) similar in content, and
    • the courses are taught by licensed engineers who are permitted to practice engineering in jurisdiction where Engineers Canada has mutual recognition agreement
  • For 2-year pre-university CEGEP programs (Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel, or General and Vocational colleges) for which no validation procedure is performed, or no agreements exist, the following restrictions apply:
  • Engineering science and engineering design: 0 AU1
    • Mathematics: ≤ 112 AU
    • Natural science: ≤ 112 AU
    • Complementary studies: ≤ 112 AU;
    • No credit is given for the following: engineering economics, impact of technology on society, oral and written communication, health and safety,
    • professional ethics, equity and law, or environmental stewardship and sustainable development.
    • Total transfer credits in all circumstances ≤ 225 AU

1One lecture hour is considered one AU, and each hour spent in lab sessions, tutorial, or open las is counted as half AU.

2) If the course is completed in an institution that SEE has an existing transfer agreement

  • The course equivalency will be considered according to the existing transfer agreement.
  • For students from 2-year pre-university programs given in CEGEPs (Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel, or General and Vocational colleges), for which a one year of preparatory studies is planned for students who have completed their 12 years of primary and secondary studies, the following restrictions apply:
    • Engineering Science and Design: 0 AU
    • Mathematics: ≤180 AU
    • Natural Sciences: ≤ 180 AU
    • Complementary Studies: ≤ 120 AU;
    • No credit will be given for the following subjects: engineering economics, impact of technology on society, health and safety, professional ethics, equity and law, or environmental stewardship and sustainable development.

3) If the course is completed in another SFU program and credit transfer is requested based on the course description equivalency statement in SEE calendar.

  • At the UCC Chair’s discretion, such appeals may be approved or rejected. The appeal could be rejected based on a mismatch between the number of credits or the number of AUs.
    • AUs are calculated based on contact hours, i.e., lecture hours, lab hours, and tutorial hours.
  • Under no circumstances can the number of transferred units be more than 925 AUs. In other words, at least 50% of the program must be successfully completed at SEE.

*For all scenarios,

  • ≥ 225 AU of Engineering Design and ≥ 600 AU of Engineering Science plus Engineering Design AUs must be completed at SEE. In other words, in all circumstances the significant design experience must be completed at or under the control of SEE and must be under the professional responsibility of faculty licensed to practice engineering in Canada.
  • For 2-year CEGEP programs (with or without validation arrangements), no credits in Engineering Science or Engineering Design may be transferred
  • For 3-year CEGEP programs and students from feeder intuitions, e.g., satellite campuses, formally documented validation procedures must be in place before any engineering design and engineering science credits can be transferred.

*For all scenarios, the application should include the following:

  • A CourSys appeal form
  • A detailed course syllabus and/or a course outline
  • Sample coursework including sample course notes, sample assignments, sample lab reports and lab manuals (if applicable), etc.

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.