Why choose? Develop software savvy and hardware know-how.
Want to design a brain stimulator to combat symptoms of Parkinson's disease? Develop software to protect companies from cyber attacks? Create the next groundbreaking gaming platform? Learn at one of the top 50 universities in the world for Computer Engineering? (Shanghai World University Rankings 2020)
Between labs and lectures, you'll gain experience with all aspects of computers, from chips and wiring to software, networks, and communications. Meanwhile, your co-op terms will give you 2 years of paid work experience.
You’ll graduate ready for a career as a software developer, hardware engineer, IT specialist, systems designer, and more.
in Canada for engineering (US News & World Report 2020)
Gain two years of experience in the co-op program
Students earn $15,700 on average per co-op term
Computer Engineering admission requirements
Ontario students: six 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
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First-year Computer Engineering courses and beyond
September to December
January to April or May to August
* Milestones and courses with deadlines for successful completion are shown in the terms where they are normally completed. Work-term report courses (WKRPT 201, WKRPT 301, WKRPT 401) are considered milestones with deadlines for successful completion
After first year
- See the range of courses available in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
- View all the courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year courses
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
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 job titles
- Test automation developer
- Software developer
- Full stack web developer
- Data engineering student
- Data scientist
- iOS developer
- Infrastructure engineering intern
- QA developer, mobile
Sample co-op employers
- Microsoft Corporation
- Mitre Media
- Connected Lab
- Public Service Commission of Canada
- Aviva Canada
- Ford Motor Company of Canada
What can you do with a degree in Computer Engineering?
Waterloo Computer Engineering graduates commonly pursue careers in software and hardware development and engineering. They often work in software, technology, and automotive companies.
- Engineer – Slack Technologies
- Software Engineer – Microsoft
- Firmware Engineer – Tesla Motors
- Network Administrator – OpenText
- Engineer, Software – Zynga
- Innovation Technical Lead – Sun Life Financial
- Chief Technology Officer – Rave Media
Possible professional designation
Learn about the future of careers in engineering.
Student life, including Women in Engineering
Student design teams
Have fun and develop hands-on experience through one or more of our 20+ student-led design teams! Design teams include rocketry, concrete canoe, robotics, solar car, submarine racing, autonomous vehicle, Space X Hyperloop, Formula Motorsports, Engineers Without Borders, and more.
You’ll meet people with similar interests and goals, benefit from networking with experts in the engineering profession, and develop some great skills for your résumé.
Engineering Society (EngSoc)
EngSoc is run by students for students and provides many social and academic events and services to make your experience as a Waterloo Engineering student the best it can be.
Benefit from mentoring for first-year students or get involved and meet other students through an annual conference, semiformal, career fair, charity events, community outreach, and much more!
Our campus is packed with opportunities to get involved – no matter how unique your interests. Between our 250+ student-run clubs, sports and recreation opportunities, student government, and events, student life at Waterloo has something for everyone.
Hack the North
As Waterloo Computer Science student, you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in competitions such as Hack the North. This hack-a-thon is the largest in Canada and hosted annually at Waterloo. Learn more about this competition on our Beyond Ideas website
Women in Engineering
Women in Engineering (WiE) supports female students and engineers while encouraging the next generation of women to pursue careers in engineering. Regardless of gender, orientation, or background, you’re welcome to join this inclusive community to participate in outreach events as well as mentorship and volunteer opportunities.
Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (WiSTEM) is a student-run club that welcomes all students (regardless of gender) to promote equality in STEM. Opportunities include skills workshops, discussions, homework help, and guest speakers.
Offered by the Faculty of Engineering
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Earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree
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Study in a high-tech hub
Waterloo Region is home to more than 1,000 technology companies, including Google and Blackberry, providing lots of co-op and career opportunities.
Visit our Waterloo Stories website to learn about research by professors in Computer Engineering at Waterloo