Undergraduate Students

Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc)

Simon Fraser University's new School of Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) will begin classes in Fall 2019. The SEE curriculum is the first of its kind in Western Canada and will be hosted in the newly constructed building at SFU’s Surrey Campus.

Discover your potential in shaping a better tomorrow. You will be immersed in an interdisciplinary learning environment where you will develop in-demand skills to prepare you to be a global leader in clean technology. 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.

Immersive Experiences

Through engaging learning environments, you will develop a unique skill set. The SEE undergraduate 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.

Interdisciplinary Education

The program will combine courses from other disciplines including the Faculty of ScienceBeedie 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.

Program at a Glance

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.

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 - 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 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 - 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

Application Information

SFU's new SEE school will begin classes in September 2019, and applications will open for Spring 2020 on August 1st, 2019. For full details about admission requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees and scholarships, please visit www.sfu.ca/admission. Note that applying to the SEE undergraduate program also requires filling out a Supplemental Application. The internal transfer process for current SFU students begins at a later date and does not require filling out the application form noted above. See below to learn about the admission requirements and key dates for internal transfer.

If you are interested in applying to SEE, please subscribe to our mailing list so we can send you updates on important deadlines and events. We've also included some Frequently Asked Questions below.

Admission Requirements and Important Dates

For high school and post-secondary transfer students:

Step 1: Review Step 2: Apply Step 3: Check Step 4: Submit
  • Admission requirements for SFU and the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering.
  • The status of your application at go.sfu.ca
  • All requested to-do items including the supplemental application
  • Supplemental Deadline: TBA

Please see the admission requirements for Fall 2019.

See the full calendar of deadlines.

 

For current SFU students interested in internal transfer:

Admission is competitive, with the following minimum requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.67
  • Registration in at least 12 units in the term prior to admission
  • No more than 5 repeats
  • Meeting high school admission requirements (English 12, Physics 12, Pre-Calculus 12, Calculus 12, and Chemistry 12 or equivalent)

A brief statement of interest will be required for the Spring 2020 intake along with related documentation. For questions please contact the Applied Sciences Advising team at asadvise@sfu.ca

Intake term: Registration in 12 units in the term prior to admission: Apply between: Notification will be given approximately: Course enrollment will start:
Spring (January) 12 units needed in Summer   September 2 - Oct 1 End of October 1st/2nd Week of November
Summer (May) 12 units needed in Fall January 2 - February 1 End of February 1st/2nd Week of March
Fall (September) 12 units needed in Spring May 1 - June 1 End of June 1st/2nd Week of July

Supplemental Application

Students are selected for admission to the SEE undergraduate program based on a combination of academic performance and responses to a supplemental application. Instructions on how to submit the supplemental application are provided to applicants after their application for admission is received.

What to Expect

Marks matter, but so do your experiences! All SEE high school and college/university transfer applicants must complete the supplemental application by the deadline on your To-Do list on go.sfu.ca. Understanding your interest and aptitude for studying SEE is important to us and the supplemental application provides the opportunity for you to tell us about yourself beyond grades.

The supplemental application contains five, 100-word, short-answer questions which ask about your:

  • interest in studying SEE;
  • approach to working through problems and challenges;
  • involvement in communities or groups.

You can complete and save sections of the supplemental application before submitting it to us. See your To-Do List on go.sfu.ca for instructions on accessing the application, deadlines, and all other required admissions documents.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply directly into Sustainable Energy Engineering?

Yes when applications are open, prospective students are able to apply and be directly admitted into the Sustainable Energy Engineering Major.

Where can I find information on the Supplemental Application?

The SEE program application requires the submission of a supplemental application. More details can be found on this page.

What are the admission requirements? What are the deadlines?

Please see the section above titled “Admission Requirements and Important Dates.”

Where can I find examples of SEE program courses and schedules?

Example course schedules for first-year students and second-year transfer students can be found above in the section titled "Program at a Glance".

Can I sit down with an advisor to talk about admissions requirements, course planning, etc., for this program?

Please contact asadvise@sfu.ca to express your interest in studying SEE and we will follow up with you to set up a time.

How will my admissions be evaluated?

Please visit this page to learn about the evaluation process.

When will I be able to take a campus tour of the new building?

The new state-of-the-art building on the Surrey campus will open on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and students will be able to take a tour. To visit our other SFU and Applied Sciences facilities please visit: www.sfu.ca/fas/tours.