Computer Engineering

Building on a solid foundation of traditional engineering skills, this program covers many different aspects of computer software and hardware, and allows for more specialized studies in microprocessorbased systems, computer architecture, programming concepts, real-time operating systems, software engineering and robotics. This program provides multiple paths to diverse careers.

Studies made for you

Options with this program
  • BASc in Computer Engineering
  • BASc in Computer Engineering, Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship Option
Languages
  • This program is offered in English and in French.
    • All courses are offered in English and most courses are available in French.
Course examples
  • Computer Systems Design
  • Computer Control in Robotics
  • Real-Time Systems Design

Consult and compare the course list of programs and options.

 

  • Digital Image Processing
  • Higher Layer Network Protocols
  • Wireless Networks
  • Computer Network Design
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Kimberley Paradis / Computer Engineering

"Going into my third year of Computer Engineering, I can honestly say that I love my program. I have had the chance to acquire skills in wiring, software, networks, and communications. I have also gained many skills outside the courses and labs by working as a Makerspace Coordinator for the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Design as well as getting involved with numerous Faculty clubs, including Women in Science and Engineering, the Engineering Student Society and Formula uOttawa."

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Robert Conrad / Computer Engineering

"My degree has allowed me to learn and explore numerous computing systems from both a variety of software and hardware perspectives. I have been able to apply my class work in several ways, including robotics, app development and AI."

Enhance your studies

CO-OP (optional)

Experience your future career and help fund your studies with the CO-OP program. With the Co-operative Education (CO-OP) Program, you can gain hands-on experience in your field of study while you complete your degree.

Examples of tasks at work
  • Assembly programming
  • Debugging hardware components
  • Design of CPUs and CPU controls
  • Firmware development
  • Network design and implementation
  • Software design, debugging and programming
CO-OP salary and placement rate

Salary (hourly rate)

  • $17.80 - $25.51

Learn more about salaries

Work term placement rates

  • 98.1%
Some of our employers include
  • Amazon
  • BlackBerry
  • CIENA Corporation
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN)
  • Communication Research Centre Canada
  • Curtiss-Wright Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company of Canada
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • IBM Canada Ltd.
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • MD Financial Management
  • Macadamian
  • Mitel Networks Corporation
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Research Council Canada
  • Nokia
  • Open Text AG
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Ross Video Limited
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • University of Ottawa
  • You.i
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Things to know

Admission requirements

Ontario

General requirements

A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics.

Prerequisite courses

Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • Biology 4U
  • Chemistry 4U
  • Physics 4U
High 80s
Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • Two of the following:
    • Biology 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Physics 4U
    • Earth and Space Science 4U
Mid 80s
Chemical Engineering
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • Chemistry 4U
  • Physics 4U
Mid 80s
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Computer Science
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
Low to Mid 90s
Computer Science and Mathematics
Data Science
Computer Engineering
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • Chemistry 4U
  • Physics 4U
Low 80s
Electrical Engineering
Physics and Electrical Engineering
Software Engineering
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • One of the following:
    • Biology 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Computing 4U
    • Physics 4U
High 80s
Secondary V

General requirements

A minimum combined average of 84% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics.

Students may be required to take up to two mathematics make-up courses at the University either the summer before or during their first year.

Prerequisite courses

Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
  • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
  • Chemistry (Sec. V)
  • Physics (Sec. V)
  • Science and Technology (with or without option) (Sec. IV)
84%
Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
Physics and Electrical Engineering
Computer Science
  • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
  • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
84%
Computer Science and Mathematics
Data Science
Chemical Engineering
  • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
  • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
  • Chemistry (Sec. V)
  • Physics (Sec. V)
84%
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Software Engineering
  • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
  • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
  • One of the following:
    • Science and Technology (with or without option) (Sec. IV)
    • Chemistry (Sec. V)
    • Physics (Sec. V)
84%

These are minimum requirements only. They are subject to change. Admission is not guaranteed.

See the full undergraduate admission requirements for more information.

CEGEP

General requirements

A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics, except in Software Engineering, where a minimum of 70% is required for each prerequisite course in science and mathematics.

Students who are missing the mathematics prerequisite are required to take up to two replacement courses at the University the summer before or during their first year.

Prerequisite courses

Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
Computer Science
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
Mid 70s
Computer Science and Mathematics
Data Science
Computer Engineering
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
  • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
Low 70s
Electrical Engineering
Physics and Electrical Engineering
Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
  • Two of the following:
    • Biology (101) General Biology I
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry of Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
    • Mathematics (201) Algebra I
Mid 70s
Chemical Engineering
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
  • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
Mid 70s
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Software Engineering
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
  • One of the following:
    • Biology (101) General Biology I
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry of Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
Low 80s
Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Biology (101) General Biology
  • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
  • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
Low 80s

These are minimum requirements only. They are subject to change. Admission is not guaranteed.

See the full undergraduate admission requirementsfor more information.

Not studying in an Ontario or Quebec high school? Find your admission requirements.

Admission averages vary between English and French programs. See the French page for the French program requirements.

Opportunities with this degree

Career opportunities
  • Hardware designer
  • Computer applications engineer
  • Embedded microsystems engineer
  • Wireless and network systems technical manager
  • Software developer
  • Systems engineer
Salary and placement rate

Salary estimates (entry level)

  • $62,118 - $73,965

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Job placement rates

  • Employment rate 2 years after graduation: 89.6%

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Graduate studies
  • Master of Engineering (MEng) in Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering Specialization in Science, Society and Policy

  • Doctorate (PhD) in Electrical and Computer Engineering

This Engineering field offers many possibilities to students.

If you have any more questions about this field, we invite you to get in touch with the Undergraduate Studies Office or the Career Development Centre.

Contact us

Do you have questions about this program?

Julie Cormier-Doiron
Liaison and Communications Officer
genie.engineering@uOttawa.ca

Voicu Groza
Professor and Undergraduate Associate Director - Computer Engineering
Groza@eecs.uOttawa.ca

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