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BENg in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Develop new technology to improve everyday society

Electrical and computer engineering involves using electrical and electromagnetic signals for the generation, transmission, processing, storage, conversion and control of information and energy. Whether it's designing and developing electronics and power equipment for aircraft, helicopters, and spacecraft, working with computer game developers to design hardware and software, or creating new devices that help doctors care for patients, many aspects of electrical engineering are intertwined with computing.

Your first two years of study

The first and second years* of study are common to all engineering students. You will choose to focus on a specific engineering discipline in your third year of study. Learn more about the core engineering program.

Program options

You may choose to complete the 5-year Co-op Program or the 4-year Non Co-op Program.
Co-op students take the same academic program as the non co-op program; however, our co-op option gives you an opportunity to complement your studies with paid work terms.

Learn more about each option:

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Co-op Program (5 years)

Gain invaluable real-world experience and pay for your studies at the same time.

Our Bachelor of Engineering Co-operative Education program integrates academic study with university-approved industrial experience. Graduation from this program requires satisfactory performance in both areas.

As a co-op student, you will complement your studies with three paid work terms. Work terms begin in your third year, interpersed with eight study terms and typically last four months.

Co-op program schedule

Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Term 1 Study Term 2
Free
2 Study Term 3
Study Term 4
Free
3 Study Term 5
Work Term 1
Study Term 6
4 Work Term 2 Study Term 7
Work Term 3
5 Study Term 8
   

Program curriculum

Years 1 and 2 follow the core Engineering program. See the For Current Students section to view the full program curriculum.

How to apply for co-op

You must be a current Dalhousie student to apply for co-op. Visit the For Current Students section for information on applying to co-op.

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Co-op Program with one year work term (5 years)

Complement your studies with a one-year work term

Our Bachelor of Engineering Co-operative Education program integrates academic study with university-approved industrial experience. Graduation from this program requires satisfactory performance in both areas.

As a co-op student, you will complement your studies with a one-year paid work term

Co-op program schedule

Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Term 1 Study Term 2
Free
2 Study Term 3
Study Term 4
Free
3 Study Term 5
Work Term or Free
Study Term 6
4 Work Term   Work Term
Work Term or Free if Year 3 Winter is Work Term
5 Study Term 8
Study Term 7  

Program curriculum

Years 1 and 2 follow the core Engineering program. See the For Current Students section to view the full program curriculum.

How to apply for co-op

You must be a current Dalhousie student to apply for co-op. Visit the For Current Students section for information on applying to co-op.

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Non Co-op Program (4 years)

Non co-op students take the same academic program as the co-op students; however, Study Term 8 may be taken before Study Term 7, if desired. In this way, the program can be done in a total of four years.

Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Term 1 Study Term 2
Free
2 Study Term 3
Study Term 4
Free
3 Study Term 5
Free
Study Term 6
4 Study Term 8
Study Term 7
 

Program curriculum

The curriculum is designed to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of Electrical and Computer Engineering through lecture, tutorial, and laboratory activities. Visit the For Current Students section to view the full program curiculum.


Associated University program

Students who have completed the degree requirements for a Diploma of Engineering or a Certificate of Applied Science through the Associated University program are admissible to the Upper Division in the Faculty of Engineering.

What can I do with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering?

Today's society relies heavily on electrical, electronic and computer technology, making the field of Electrical and Computer Engineering a boundless one. Dalhousie graduates are currently practicing Electrical and Computer Engineering in both the industry and public sectors, in fields such as:

  • aerospace
  • computers
  • energy and electric power
  • semiconductors
  • manufacturing
  • education and research
  • telecommunications
  • transportation and automotive