Electrical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc in Eng)

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What you will learn in this program

Electrical engineers ask questions such as: How can computers perform faster calculations? Can we get more energy from the current power system? How do cellular phones work?

Electrical engineers explore and develop new and innovative technologies through the research and manipulation of electrical phenomena. Electrical engineering reaches every corner of our lives, which means the techniques and skills you’ll gain will be directly applicable to a wide range of real world work environments. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur in class, during tutorials, and through working on an advanced-level project in specialized research-and-design courses.

This program features a common first year, which consists of 10 courses in mathematics, sciences, computing, engineering principles, communications and design. These courses will provide you with a solid foundation for your engineering training and introduce you to a variety of engineering disciplines. You'll apply for admission to a specific engineering program at the end of your first year. 

Career opportunities

As an electrical engineer, you’ll have global opportunities to work in areas such as communications, scientific research, aerospace technology, and more. A degree in engineering can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or a professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or architecture.​

Courses you'll take:

Computing for Engineers, Computing Tools, Engineering Design and Communication, Linear Methods I, ​Calculus for Engineers and Scientists

Admission requirements and information

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Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Collaborative team work - Interact with your peers while learning to collaborate on projects.

Work experience

Internship experience - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience through a 12-16 month placement.

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

The electrical engineering program taught me the technical resources that I needed to have success in the companies that I’ve worked for, whether it be a telecommunications company, whether it be an oil and gas company, whether it be the consulting company that I currently work for. More-so (it taught me) the ability to learn, the ability to adapt in any environment, in any company​.

​Steven H., BSc (Eng) ’06

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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​Electrical engineering is the study of mathematics and physics related to electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. We don’t just teach the theory – we attach it to something practical. Most of our courses have labs and we have project-based courses in every year of our program. Electrical engineering is interwoven into just about every engineering discipline. Our students end up in the power industry, in communications systems and in electronics.

​Norm Bartley, MSc, P.Eng. — Senior Instructor

Join our community in fall 2019

We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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Everybody’s got a smart phone. It’s grown into such a big thing and I really wanted to contribute to a product that could be a game changer. Electrical engineering is cool because you move into stuff that you’re interested in. It’s a wide breadth of things that encompass electrical engineering like software or hardware design. Consumer electronics is definitely an area I’ve been interested in. I did my internship at a well-known GPS company and I feel like it really prepared me pretty well.​

​Matt S., electrical engineering student

Faculty Information

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Energy, Environment, Experiential Learning (EEEL), Room 403
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4