Software Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc in Eng)

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What you will learn in this program

Software engineers ask questions such as: How can the software development process be streamlined? What new measures can deter hackers? How can the security of e-commerce transactions be improved?

Software engineers use their specialized knowledge to develop, install, validate, and maintain software systems. As a software engineering student you will gain theoretical foundations and plenty of design and research experience so you can achieve success in your field. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur in class, during tutorials, and through designing a complete industrial process for a specific product.

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

​Software engineers enjoy stable career prospects in a variety of dynamic and challenging fields. You’ll have global opportunities to work in areas such as telecommunications, manufacturing, e-commerce, 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, Engineering Design and Communication, General Chemistry for Engineers, Software Analysis And Design, ​Calculus for Engineers and Scientists

Admission requirements and information

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If you are currently in grade 12 or have recently completed high school, you must present five required grade 12 courses for your program as outlined below. Admissions averages will be calculated using either the early or standard admission processes.

Faculty

Schulich School of Engineering

Application Dates

October 1st 2018 to March 1st 2019

Curriculum (Education System)

Alberta curriculum

Minimum Competitive Average

High 80s (Low 90s without Calculus)

Required Courses

  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • Mathematics 30-1
  • Chemistry 30
  • Physics 30
  • Mathematics 31 (recommended) or an approved course

Required Courses Notes

  1. Students who have never taken Mathematics 31 and present another matriculation subject (e.g., Biology 30, Social Studies 30) instead of Mathematics 31 and who achieve a high standing (at least five per cent above the admission standard) over the five subjects used for admission purposes may be admitted to the School under special conditions. These conditions involve enrolment in an alternative calculus stream.
  2. A minimum grade of 70% in Alberta Mathematics 30-1 (or equivalent) is the prerequisite for first-year math courses.
  3. Equivalent International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) courses are accepted.

Approved Courses/Options

Approved Courses

  • Indigenous Studies 30
  • Any 5-credit second language or language and culture course at the 30-level [1,2]
  • Any approved grade 12 IB diploma or AP academic subject
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • CTS Computer Science Advanced (5-credits)
  • English 30-1
  • Fine Arts (Art 30, Art 31, Choral Music 30, General Music 30, Instrumental Music 30, Drama 30, Dance 35)
  • Mathematics 30-1, 30-2, and 31 [1,3]
  • Physical Education 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1

Approved Options

  • Other five-credit 30-level courses excluding Special Projects 30 and English 30-2.
  • Three-credit courses: Two three-credit 20- or 30-level courses can be combined to fulfil ONE requirement. Courses at the 20- and 30-level CANNOT be combined to satisfy a course requirement.
  • One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil one approved option requirement.

Approved Courses/Options Notes

  1. Two courses in the same subject area may not be presented to satisfy entrance requirements unless the courses are Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 30-2 or Mathematics 31
  2. Only one grade 12 level course in a language stream may be used to satisfy admission requirements.: (a) one of Alberta French 30, 31A, 31B, 31C, 30-3Y, 30-9Y (or equivalent subjects); Alberta French Language Arts 30-1, 30-2 (or equivalent subjects), (b) one of Alberta Chinese Language Arts 30 (3Y, 6Y, 9Y, 12Y) (or equivalent subjects); Alberta Chinese Language and Culture 30 (3Y, 6Y) (or equivalent subjects).
  3. A minimum grade of 70% in Mathematics 30-1 is the prerequisite for first-year math courses.
  4. One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil ONE requirement. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.

Standard Admission

If you are currently completing high school, you will automatically be considered for admission using the standard admission by calculating your admission average using final grade 11 grades and at least one grade 12 approved course (if both grade 11 and 12 grades are provided, the grade 12 grade will be used) from the required courses for your program choice. Admitted students must complete all 30-level (or equivalent) required courses outlined above, maintain the admission average required for admission in the application year and obtain the Alberta Grade 12 diploma (or equivalent).

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Early Admission

You may be offered early admission (based on your available grade 11 or 12 results) for English, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Admitted students must complete all 30-level (or equivalent) required courses outlined above, maintain the admission average required for admission in the application year and obtain the Alberta Grade 12 diploma (or equivalent)..

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Required Documents

Alberta: There is no need to send your transcripts. The University of Calgary will obtain transcripts on your behalf from the Ministry of Education. Other Canadian Provinces and Territories: Official transcripts are documents which are sent directly to the University of Calgary's admissions office from your school or the Department of Education maintaining such records. It's your responsibility to request transcripts from any non-Alberta institutions to be sent directly to the university's admissions office.

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ELP

English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission.

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Diverse Qualifications

If you're a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have achieved excellence outside of academics, or have overcome significant hardships, you may seek admission under the Diverse Qualifications Admission Process.

More information about Diverse Qualifications

As a high school applicant you'll apply for undergraduate admission into first-year common core. After completing your first year, you'll be able to apply to a program of study: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geomatics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Oil and Gas Engineering or Software Engineering.

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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.

​When I was in software engineering they taught us everything from teamwork, project management, software design, and those are skills I have used in my job. Software engineering in today’s society it’s kind of the backbone of every major industry. You know most people when they graduate they’ll probably work as a software developer or you can work for bigger companies like Microsoft, Apple, Google, you can also work for the gaming industry or the animation industry.

​Beenish K., BSc (Eng)’15

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Creating software is the biggest intellectual challenge of our century. Software engineering provides all the tools, techniques and processes to generate software that is reliable, secure, and useable. You need to be an artist, you need to be an engineer, and you need to be a scientist, and that’s what fascinates me. Software engineering is much more than programming. There are excellent job opportunities. I’m always getting requests from industry and my students get internship positions.

​Guenther Ruhe, PhD — Professor

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​Software engineering is very creative. You have an idea and right away you can start implementing it. You just need a computer. In software engineering we get the opportunity to start our own startup. I hope I can use those skills and start my own company later in life. I think the best part of the program was the internship because I got to go to Japan and do research in artificial intelligence, which was really exciting.

​Fadi B., software engineering student

Faculty Information

Schulich website
Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex (EN), Room ENC 101
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.5732