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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
February 26, 2015
Canadian Excellence

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Computing & Computer Electronics and Business Administration

Laurier has high admission standards and attracts some of the brightest students in Canada. The combined Business Administration and Computing & Computer Electronics program at Laurier which gives you two honours degrees in less than five years attracts the best of the best.

Career examples

  • Product Manager, RIM
  • Entrepreneur & owner, Waterloo Networks
  • Telecom and Internet Research Analyst, IDC Canada
  • Marketing Associate, Ontario Lottery & Gaming Commission
  • Investment Banking Analyst, Media & Communications Group, TD Securities
  • Associate Brand Manager, Coca-Cola
  • Corporate Debt Analyst, Bank of Montreal
  • Consultant, Monitor Group
  • Financial Analyst, Primerica Financial Services

The Computer & Computer Electronics and Business Administration double degree program consists of 26 credits taken in less than five years.  You will take an average load of five courses for seven academic terms; for the remaining three academic terms you will take either five and one-half courses or six courses, an above average load. The program is intense and challenging but students with a strong aptitude in mathematics and an interest in technology will find this program rewarding. High school courses in computer science and physics are useful, but the first year computer science and physics courses will provide the student with the required background.

Computing and Computer Electronics is an interdisciplinary program combining computer science, electronics, mathematics, and physics to develop strong software skills, superb analytical and design skills, and an appreciation for the physical and electronic foundations of current and future technologies. When combined with Laurier's strong Business Administration degree, opportunities for graduates are virtually unlimited.

Graduates of this program are comfortable in the traditional software programming and system analysis environments but they are uniquely suited for engineering environments that require knowledge of and appreciation for the hardware technology as well as the software required to drive modern embedded systems. Your employer will value your ability to feel equally at home in the business environment, the IT environment or the engineering environment. Of course, if you are an entrepreneur at heart, you could start your own technology company.

Hands-on Experience
Hands-on experience is pivotal to a student's understanding of computing, electronics and communication fundamentals. Computing, electronics, and communications courses make extensive use of laboratory components where students apply concepts learned in the lectures.
Design Experience

All computer electronics courses have a design project. Introductory projects have included security systems, embedded systems such as fitness monitors, algorithm animation on a Palm, reaction timers for the physics lab, instrumentation for physics experiments, traffic control systems, and autonomous robots. Projects culminate in the design of a microcontroller and its implementation in a control application or embedded system.

Co-op Experience

Students enrolled in their second year of the double degree program in Computing & Computer Electronics and Business may choose to accept automatic admission to co-op. Participants in these programs begin an alternating sequence of four-month work and study terms at the end of second year. Students accumulate 12 to 16 months of practical experience through three to four work terms and graduate after four and two-thirds to five years.

Sample Schedule: Computing & Computer Electronics and Business Administration with four co-op work terms

September - December

January - April

May - August

Year 1

Introduction to Business Organization
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introduction to Differential & Integral Calculus

Functional Areas of the Organization
Data Structures
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Introduction to Differential & Integral Calculus
Thermodynamics & Waves
Introductory Linear Algebra

 Summer Vacation

Year 2

Introduction to Financial Accounting
Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
Digital Electronics
Electronics Laboratory I
Electricity and Magnetism
Multivariable Calculus

Managerial Accounting
Microprocessor I
Introduction to System Programming
Analog Electronics I

Work Term 1

Year 3

Organizational Behaviour I
Managerial Statistics
Data Communication and Networks
Electronics Laboratory II
Digital System Design
Fibre Optics

Work Term 2

Business Law
Business Decision Models
Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis for Management
Software Engineering
Differential Equations I

Year 4

Work Term 3

Intro to Marketing Management
Human Resources Management
Financial Management I
Operations Management I
Microprocessor Systems & Interfacing
Building & Managing Products, Services & Brands
Financial Management II
Operations Management II
Organizational Behavior II
Intro to Management Information Systems
Year 5 Work Term 4

Business Policy I
Optical Networks
Topics in Computer Hardware
Design of Control Systems
one computing elective course

Business Policy II
four business elective courses