At a glance
- Available as a co-op program only
- Starts in first year so apply directly to this program on your application
- Earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering
- Offered by the Faculty of Engineering
About the program
Computer engineering draws upon Waterloo's strengths in electrical engineering and computer science. You'll gain experience with all aspects of computers, from chips and wiring through to software, networks, and communications.
Use our labs to develop software that allows mobile wireless devices to communicate securely. An annual design symposium gives you the opportunity to show your fourth-year project to the public - as well as potential employers and investors!
More than 1,000 technology companies, including BlackBerry and Google, have offices in the surrounding community, providing many opportunities for co-op work terms or your career.
- Ontario students: 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Admission averages: Individual selection from the low to mid-90s
- An Admission Information Form is required
- Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements database
September to December
CHE 102 - Chemistry for Engineers
ECE 100A - Electrical and Computer Engineering Practice
ECE 105 - Physics of Electrical Engineering 1
ECE 140 - Linear Circuits
ECE 150 - Fundamentals of Programming
MATH 117 - Calculus 1 for Engineering
January to April
ECE 100B - Electrical and Computer Engineering Practice
ECE 103 - Discrete Mathematics
ECE 106 - Physics of Electrical Engineering 2
ECE 124 - Digital Circuits and Systems
ECE 155 - Engineering Design with Embedded Systems
MATH 119 - Calculus 2 for Engineering
What other courses will you take?
- See the range of courses available in Electrical and Computer Engineering. You can also view a list of the courses you’ll be required to take for your degree.
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op positions
- Mobile Software Developer, Five Mobile Inc
- Internet Application Developer, Canfone.com Inc
- Web/Mobile 3D Engineering, Sensidea
- Solution Developer, T4G Limited
- Developer, Xtreme Labs Inc
- Test Automation Developer, BlackBerry
- Service Desk Analyst - Client Services, Toronto Transit Commission
Co-op work/study sequences
Fall = September to December, Winter = January to April, Spring = May to August
There is a second work-study sequence where co-op starts in the spring of first year.
As a graduate, you might design control systems for automated production lines, create software for digital telephone switching systems, develop an operating system for a client with specific needs, or plan and supervise the installation of computer networks.
- Software Developer, Google
- Senior Mobile Developer, CIBC
- Network Designer, TELUS Corporation
- Spacecraft Operations Engineer, Canadian Space Agency
- Hardware Engineer, Apple Inc.
- Software Engineer, Cisco Systems Canada
- Engineering Manager, LinkedIn
- IT Specialist, IBM Canada
- Firmware Engineer, Millson