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Computer Engineering (BEng)

4 to 5 years
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Experiential learning
Co-op, Internship
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why study Computer Engineering?

Without computer hardware and software, there would be no smart phones, DVD players, digital recorders and critical systems in airplane cockpits, modern cars, or computerized medical devices. As a computer engineer, your knowledge of computer architecture, digital electronics, circuits and digital communication will lead to innovations or bring about another information revolution.

Choose the Avionics and Embedded Systems Option or create your own path based on electives that suit your interests. Our state-of-the-art labs designed for programming in assembly language, digital systems and high-performance computing will give you experience with the tools you will use in the field. Through labs, lectures and projects, you’ll also:

  • Learn programming methodology to design data structures and algorithms
  • Learn to resolve issues of system interfaces and integration
  • Integrate engineering solutions into biomedical and biological systems
  • Design Internet of Things (IoT)/cyber-physical systems to solve real world problems
  • Design embedded computing and communication systems for high-performance applications, such as a small, unmanned aircraft

All of our Engineering programs are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board and you’ll graduate eligible to become a registered professional engineer.

Program highlights

  • The student-run Software Engineering and Computer Science Student Society (SCS) organizes coding nights, algorithm practice, tutorials, social events, and networking opportunities.

Program structure

The Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering takes a minimum of four to five years   (120 – 150 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

All students accepted in the Bachelor of Computer Engineering program who are not enrolled in the Co-op program must complete one 12-17-week internship to graduate. This internship program, C.Edge, is administered by the Institute of Co-operative Education and will allow ECE students to have one paid internship in their field of study.

Program options

In the third year of study, students may choose from four options:

  • Avionics and Embedded Systems
  • Biological and Biomedical Engineering (BME)
  • Pervasive Computing
  • A general stream with more credits chosen from the Computer Engineering electives list


Core courses

  • Engineering core
  • Computer Engineering core


  • Avionics and Embedded Systems Option Core

Course sequences

Sample projects

  • Develop a video game system that runs on a programmable chip (FPGA)
  • Develop body sensors to measure gait, and monitor tread slippage
  • Design a low cost incubator that monitors and maintains temperature and humidity within a range
  • Program an autonomous personal-service robot
  • Design an embedded computing and communication system to  control multiple small, unmanned aircraft flying in formation

Co-op program

The Co-op program gives you the chance to complete paid work terms that last 12 to 16 weeks. As a Co-op student, you will play a large role in testing software packages designed and implemented by engineers. You may also:

  • Design, build and test computing systems
  • Design and implement software systems
  • Develop and maintain databases

Career Edge internship

Students not enrolled in Co-op will complete a C.Edge internship as part of their degree requirements. This full-time paid internship lasts between 12-17 weeks, and enables students to:

  • Strategically develop their career while earning an income 
  • Get support finding an internship in their field 
  • Apply their academic skills in a real-world work environment 
  • Take advantage of networking and mentoring opportunities 
  • Develop important personal and professional skills

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: 25 overall, 23 math, 22 phys.
  • High School: B- overall, B- math, B- phys.
  • University Transfers (internal/external): B- overall, B- math, B- phys.
  • Baccalauréat français: 12 overall, 12 math, 12 phys.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 27 overall, 4 math, 4 phys.  

Course requirements for admission

CEGEP students
Admission is based on applicants’ overall Math and Physics (if applicable) CRC indicated above and completion of the following classes as part of their DEC.

  • For all BEng programs
    CHEM 101 or 202-NYA; MATH 103 or 201-NYA and 203 or 201-NYB and 105 or 201-NYC; PHYS 101 or 203 NYA and 201 or 203 NYB

Students completing a three-year technical DEC in a related field may also be eligible for admission without the specified profile provided they achieve a minimum overall CRC as indicated above and preferably a minimum of 24 in math and physics course(s) required for their CEGEP program. Students may be eligible for exemptions/transfer credits based on course equivalencies.

Baccalauréat français
Première : Spécialité mathématiques AND Spécialité physique-chimie
Terminale : Spécialité mathématiques (also accepted, Mathématiques complémentaires AND Spécialité physique-chimie)

International Baccalaureate (IB) applicants
Science HL or SL acceptable.

University transfers and mature students
Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements are encouraged to apply and may still be considered for admission, provided they have completed the majority of the prerequisite courses. Transfer credits may be considered on a course-by-course basis.

Prerequisites for university transfer applicants
The following courses are required in addition to the program and may be completed at another post-secondary institution prior to admission or at Concordia.

  • For all BEng programs
    Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra, Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, General Chemistry I

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

After your degree

Computer Engineering alumni have established careers in a range of computing fields, including aerospace avionics, real-time embedded systems, communication systems, software systems and computer architecture and hardware. Some graduates have been hired by:

  • Bombardier
  • CAE Inc.
  • The Canadian Space Agency
  • CGI
  • Ajilon Consulting
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Microsoft

Other programs of interest

Electrical Engineering (BEng)
  • Co-op
  • Internship
Electrical Engineering (BEng)

Control energy with a flip of a switch. Design next-generation microchips or flight control systems. As electrical engineers you rein in electrons, guide them through the devices we depend on every day — whether they are very small (like the microchips in our cell phones) or very large (like the power grids or charging stations for electric cars).



Software Engineering (BEng)
  • Co-op
Software Engineering (BEng)

Design, code, and test software products – with the big picture in mind. Think financial software, airline ticketing systems or information databases. As a software engineer, your expertise in analog/digital signal processing, microprocessors, microwaves and fibre optics will give you the tools to tackle these challenges everyday.



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