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Systems Engineering, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #251 (WUR) Burnaby, Canada
This Systems Engineering program option at Simon Fraser University begins with a thorough background in the fundamentals of analog and digital electronics, the basics of mechanical analysis and the fundamentals of programming and software design. More advanced subjects include robotics, control, computer-aided design and manufacture, embedded and real-time systems and image processing.
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Systems engineers study electronics, mechanical design, and computer hardware and software, and integrate these components into one system.

This Systems Engineering program offered by Simon Fraser University leads to a bachelor of applied science degree with a systems option.

Engineering science students develop skills in systems design with a high level of scientific knowledge. This demanding program is aimed at the superior student. The program produces well educated, innovative engineer/scientists with entrepreneurial skills and attitudes who are oriented to new technologies. Program entry is competitive.

This systems option prepares students for careers in design and integration of computer-controlled machines, and for graduate study in robotics, control and mechatronic systems. Students integrate knowledge from electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer engineering into the fundamental design process. This focused program includes study of mechanical structures and mechanisms, electro-mechanical sensors and actuators, control engineering, and real-time systems. Electives may be used to tailor curriculum to specific interests.

A wide array of electives allows students to tailor their expertise to their interests. Systems graduates will be able to recognize problems requiring knowledge from diverse disciplines, and focus the efforts of multi-talented teams on their solution. They will learn how to translate their unique ideas into the tool manipulations that are utilized to create a finished product. Robotics – the design and analysis of machines that see, feel, grasp and manipulate their environment – is a key theme in this option.

Career Opportunities

The Systems option prepares highly versatile engineers capable of integrating electronics, mechanical design and computer hardware and software.

Typical careers include:

  • System engineer in a variety of fields including automotive, automation, aerospace, electronic and mechanical equipment, robotics, and intelligent systems.
  • Systems analyst in high-tech research and development
  • Embedded control systems engineer
  • Image processing and analysis
  • Bridge person in a design team
  • Technical support engineer in industry, academia, and government agencies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Intro to Computing Science & Programming for Engineers
  • Engineering, Science, and Society
  • Process, Form and Convention in Professional Genres
  • Introduction to Electronics Laboratory Instruments
  • Introduction to Engineering Analysis
  • Calculus
  • Applied Linear Algebra

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Students must arrange to send official transcripts of academic records from all schools and colleges attended to Simon Fraser University. Replaceable documents will not be returned. Irreplaceable documents will be returned to the student personally, on request. If the student’s documents are not in either English or French, Simon Fraser University may require an official translation, certified by an educational official of the student’s country, an official of a Canadian Education Centre, or a Canadian consular or embassy official. 

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    979 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 979 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    195 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 195 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Burnaby

  • 1600 - 2700 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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