Computer engineers distinguish themselves with their versatile set of skills: they can design and build computers, interface them with the outside world and make them talk to each other, develop firmware and also create system-level and user/application-level software.

COMPUTER ENGINEERING ADMISSION INFORMATION

Administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Computer Engineering B.Eng. Degree Program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

Degree

Full-time, four-year program.

Admission

O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses including Grade 12 U courses in: English, Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Physics (SPH4U) and Chemistry (SCH4U).
NOTES:

  • ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English.
  • The grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the 70 percent range) will be determined subject to competition.
  • Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.

 

How To Apply For Admission

Application to Ryerson University is completed online through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (www.ouac.on.ca).

COMPUTER ENGINEERING PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The computer revolution has created vast industries and countless jobs that employ professionals educated in electrical and computer engineering, computer science and information technology— all closely related disciplines involving the understanding and design of computers and computational processes. Computer profession specialties constitute a continuum. At one pole is computer science, which is primarily concerned with theory, design and implementation of software— the product being a computer program. At the other pole is computer engineering, primarily concerned with firmware (the micro-code that controls processors), hardware (the processors themselves, as well as entire computers), software (system-level and user/application-level) and interfacing systems (both at hardware and software level) that will allow computer systems to communicate with the outside world as well as with each other. It is not possible, however, to draw a clear line between the two disciplines; many practitioners function to at least some extent as both computer engineers and computer scientists. Computer Engineers distinguish themselves with their versatile set of skills: they can design and build computers, interface them with the outside world and make them talk to each other, develop firmware and also create system-level and user/application-level software.

“Computer engineers design computer chips, circuits equipment/systems, plan computer layouts, and formulate mathematical models of technical problems that can be solved by a computer. ”

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers highly structured programs that emphasize not only the theoretical fundamentals but also the practical aspects of the engineering profession. The curriculum in the first two years of the Computer Engineering and the Electrical Engineering programs are identical. The first-year courses will provide the students with grounding in engineering science fundamentals such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science and the theory of electric circuits. The second year of the program introduces discrete mathematics, data structures and engineering algorithms, and electrical engineering core subjects such as analog and digital electronic circuits and systems. In the third year, students will further study computer architecture, microcomputer systems, object-oriented analysis and design, digital electronics, communication systems and control theory.

In the final year of the program, students will take courses in data communications, digital systems engineering, real-time operating systems, VLSI design and numerical techniques. The fourth year curriculum also allows students further specialization in a variety of subject areas through an extensive technical electives list. During this final year of the program all students must complete a mandatory group design project. The key objective of the Design Project is to encourage students to plan, design and implement their project while developing the skills to make key decisions independently.

“Computer engineers design, develop, and test computer hardware and peripheral equipment, as well as, maintain software programs and systems.”

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering also offers graduate degree programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering. These graduate degree programs allow students to pursue advanced studies and independent research in the areas of signal processing and communications, computer systems engineering, and power engineering.

CAREERS OPPORTUNITIES

Rewarding career opportunities in the field of Computer Engineering will give graduates of this program a chance to work in research and development, design production engineering or quality control, health care systems or the electronic service industry. Computer engineers design computer chips, circuits equipment/systems, plan computer layouts, and formulate mathematical models of technical problems that can be solved by a computer. They design, develop, and test computer hardware and peripheral equipment, as well as, maintain software programs and systems.

TRANSITION PROGRAMS

FIRST YEAR: The objective of the first year transition program is to provide students, who may need more time to adapt to the demanding university curriculum, with an immediate opportunity to upgrade their Academic Standing. In the second semester, Phase I of the transition program offers all first semester core courses: CHY 102, MTH 140, MTH 141, and PCS 211 in parallel to the second semester regular program courses. Students who have failed or are missing any one of these courses at the end of the first semester are required to upgrade their academic standing through enrolling in the transition program. During the condensed Spring term (May-July). Phase II of the transition program offers all second semester core courses: AER 222, BME 100, CHE 200, CHY 211, CPS 125, CVL 207, ELE 202, MEC 222, MTH 240, MTL 200, and PCS 125. These courses represent a repeat of the second semester regular program courses that were not taken by students enrolled in Phase I of the transition program. These courses will be offered subject to adequate enrolment.

SECOND YEAR: The second year transition program is intended to help students who have failed or dropped the second year Fall courses MTH 312 and/or ELE 302 to stay in-phase with their classmates and still have a chance to be promoted to third year in the following academic year. This is accomplished by allowing such students to enroll in MTH 312 and/or ELE 302 in the Winter semester. The course MTH 312 will replace ELE 401 on the student's Winter timetable and ELE 302 will replace ELE 404. The student will then be able to take ELE 401 and/or ELE 404 in a condensed Spring semester (May-July).

THIRD YEAR: Similar to the second year transition program, the third year transition program is intended to help students who have failed or dropped the third year Fall courses MTH 514 and/or ELE 532 to still have a chance to be promoted to fourth year by allowing them to enroll in those courses in the Winter semester. The course MTH 514 will replace ELE 635 in the student's Winter timetable and ELE 532 will replace ELE 639. The student will then be able to take ELE 639 and/or ELE 635 in a condensed Spring semester (May-July).

EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM

Highly innovative and proactive retention strategies play an important role in helping students build the skills for success in a demanding engineering curriculum. Through the First-Year Engineering Office, the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science has incorporated the Early Intervention Program into the first-year engineering experience. At the semester's mid-point, students who are failing courses in their core curriculum are identified and encouraged to attend an interview with the First-Year Engineering Program Director/Academic Advisor and/or the Student Counsellor. Together, the student and the academic support team members discuss options to help reduce the chances of academic failure.

COMMUNICATIONS PROFICIENCY AND WRITING SKILLS

All new engineering students are automatically enrolled in CEN 199: Writing Skills.

CEN 199 is graded on a Pass/Fail basis, and is used to track the results of the Writing Skills Test (WST) and/or Ryerson Test of English Proficiency (RTEP).

All students admitted into engineering, except those who wrote the RTEP and achieved a grade B' or higher, are required to write the mandatory Writing Skills Test (WST) during Orientation Week. Students who pass the WST (by achieving a grade B' or higher) or the RTEP (by achieving a grade B' or higher) will receive a PASS in CEN 199 and therefore may enrol in the lower level liberal studies course of their choice (subject to availability).

Students who do not pass the WST, or achieved C' level remedial pass on the RTEP, will receive an INP (In Progress Grade) in CEN 199 and will be required to enrol in one of LNG 111, LNG 112, LNG 113, or LNG 121 as their first-year lower level liberal studies course. These courses, which count towards lower level liberal studies requirements, are writing-intensive humanities and social science courses designed to give students the opportunity to strengthen their foundations in communication. These students will then have three additional opportunities to write and pass the WST:

  • In May, following Semester 2.
  • During Orientation Week prior to Semester 3.
  • In May, following Semester 4.


A PASS in CEN 199: Writing Skills is required to enrol in all third-year engineering courses. Students with a grade of INP in CEN 199 will not be allowed to enrol in any third-year engineering course.

Detailed information is available from the First-Year and Common Engineering Office. Room ENG 377 Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4261.

“Co-operative Internship Program students will spend a period of 8 to 16 consecutive months, from May to September, as engineering interns at the corresponding corporations.”

OPTIONAL CO-OPERATIVE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (CIP)

In order to submit an application to participate in the co-operative internship (CIP), a student must:

  • Be full-time undergraduate student enrolled in Electrical, Computer or Biomedical Engineering
  • Have a CLEAR academic standing with a CGPA of 2.67 (B-) or higher after completing all 1st and 2nd year courses
  • Students must complete all required 3rd year courses with a CLEAR academic standing and a minimum CGPA of 2.67 to participate in CIP. Students who are currently enrolled in 4th Year are not eligible to participate in IIP.
  • In order to secure an internship position students must complete all required 3rd year courses with a CLEAR academic standing with a minimum CGPA of 2.67


If hired by one of the corporations who intend to provide such internship placements, CIP students will spend a period of 8 to 16 consecutive months, from May to September of the following year, as engineering interns at the corresponding corporations. After completing the IIP, students return to Ryerson and complete their 4th year of study. Enrolment in the IIP extends the program length from four to five years.

After securing an internship position the CIP students will be enrolled in WKT 99A/B during the academic year in which they work as interns. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. Completion of the Co-operative Program (CIP) will be identified on the student's transcript as WKT 99A/B: Co-operative Internship Program, with the appropriate grade achieved.

OPTIONAL SPECIALIZATION IN ENGINEERING INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (OS EIE)

This option provides students with a solid foundation in innovation and entrepreneurship theory as well as the immersive experience of advancing and shaping an idea into a business. The lecture courses cover principles of engineering economics, entrepreneurship and innovation management, and technology based new venture creation. The practicum will guide students through the process of identifying a new business concept, developing their technology, and preparing their business for market readiness. For eligibility, registration and course information see Optional Specialization in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OS EIE).

OPTIONAL SPECIALIZATION IN MANAGEMENT SCIENCES (OS MS)

Students can enrich their studies and hone their management skills with the Optional Specialization in Management Sciences. Courses within the optional specialization cover four major areas in management sciences: Strategic Engineering Management, Operations Management/Operations Research, Finance, and Organizational Behaviour. For eligibility, registration, and course information see Optional Specialization in Management Sciences (OS MS).

ENGINEERING TRANSFER CREDITS

Applicants approved into an Engineering program cannot expect to receive any transfer credits in Engineering discipline or Engineering related discipline courses if their applicable post secondary education was not completed at a program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). Refer to the listing of CEAB accredited institutions.

Core and professional engineering course transfer credits will ONLY be granted at the time of admission. An Offer of Admission will notify the applicant of transfer credit decision(s) subject to acceptance of their Offer.

Liberal Studies discipline courses taken at CEAB accredited or non-accredited schools will be considered for either lower- or upper-level liberal studies transfer credit. College courses, in general, are not eligible for transfer credit except in the case of lower-level liberal studies courses.

LIBERAL STUDIES

Students must take two lower level liberal studies courses and two upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies section of the calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts/Liberal Studies website.

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions

Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, and Undeclared Engineering

ARB, CHN, FRE, SPN and WLG courses are not available for credit.

BLG 181, BMS 150, CHY 182, CHY 183, ITM 277, MEC 110, PCS 111, PCS 181, PCS 182 and SCI courses are not available for credit.

Table B - Upper Level Restrictions

Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering

BLG 599, BLG 699, CHY 583, CHY 599, CPS 650, MTH 511, MTH 599 and PCS 581 are not available for credit.

ARB 301, ARB 401, CHN 301, CHN 401. FRE 301, FRE 401, SPN 301, SPN 401, SPN 510 and SPN 610 are not available for credit.

MINORS

Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with exceptions), and are eligible for only one Minor. Please refer to the Minors Policy section for further information on individual Minor requirements and restrictions.

THE G. RAYMOND CHANG SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION CERTIFICATES

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising site for complete details.