Information for

Electrical Engineering at Waterloo

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 Electrical Engineering
  • Offered by the Faculty of Engineering
  • Waterloo ranks top 4 in Canada, top 100 in the world for Electrical Engineering (QS World University Rankings 2016)

About the program

Much of today's technology could not be created without the expertise of electrical engineers. Satellite communication, television, computers, wireless networks, radio, and energy distribution all involve electrical engineering.

Through co-op work terms and access to some of the best electrical engineering student labs in North America, you'll gain experience starting right in first year. Study digital communications over channels such as the Internet. Learn to use computers to control a production line. Or develop the next generation of wireless networks.

Co-op means that you'll graduate with 2 years of co-op work experience, earn money, and be able to try out different career areas even before you finish school. With 500 technology companies in Waterloo Region, you can easily gain paid co-op work experience with leading companies.

An annual design symposium gives you the opportunity to show your fourth-year project to the public - as well as potential employers and investors!

Admission requirements

  • 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)
    • Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • Chemistry (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

First-year courses

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/May to August

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?


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

  • Web Solution Developer - eCommerce, Velcro Canada Inc
  • Junior Power Electronics/Firmware field trial, Blue Heron Systems
  • Web Developer, Western Financial Consulting
  • Intel Technical Administrator, The Economical Insurance Group
  • Software Developer, Evertz Microsystems Ltd
  • Technical Assistant, Wintel Computers
  • Junior Developer/Business Analyst (Notes & Web Developer), PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Information Technology Analyst, The Michener Institute

Co-op work/study sequences

  Fall Winter Spring
First year School Co-op School
Second year Co-op School Co-op
Third year School Co-op School
Fourth year Co-op School School
Final year Co-op School  

Fall = September to December, Winter = January to April, Spring = May to August
School = 4-month school term
Co-op = 4-month co-op work term

There is a second work-study sequence where co-op starts in the spring of first year.


Recent graduates

  • Design Engineer, Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
  • Software Developer Engineer,, Inc.
  • Camera Design Engineer, Apple Inc.
  • Audio Technology Developer, BlackBerry Limited
  • Electrical Control & Design Engineer, Control System Innovators Corp
  • Solutions Engineer, Sandvine Corporation
  • Design Engineer, J&B Engineering Inc
  • Engineering Specialist, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.
  • Energy Analyst, Toronto Hydro Corporation
  • Embedded Software Engineer, Motorola Solutions

Possible professional designation

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