Electrical and Computer Engineering

Second Year Preregistration Information

Second-Year ECE Preregistration June 2017

We wish to welcome you to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and applauded your choice of discipline!  Here is some information to assist you in the preregistration process which will begin in July as dictated by your “enrollment period” on SOLUS.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has prepared a valuable resource for students, namely an outline of courses taken in each year.  Students in second year are strongly encouraged to consult the summaries for each of the core courses.  Being well-informed about the contents and objectives of each course, as well as how second-year courses form the basis for the remainder of the curriculum.

It is important to complete all second-year courses successfully to avoid future difficulties.  Future academic challenges result from not having a solid grasp of fundamental material. Logistical problems may also include: missing prerequisites, having to apply for supplemental examinations (with a fee), and dealing with timetable conflicts between second-year courses that must be repeated and new third-year courses. By attending lectures and by working diligently, students can significantly increase the likelihood of academic success.  In-particular, devoting adequate time and attention to ELEC221 is essential because any disruption in the sequence of ELEC221 to ELEC252 will carry over to third year, where the second electronics course ELEC353 has ELEC252 as a prerequisite. ELEC 221 and ELEC 271 are two extremely pivotal courses of the EE and CE program, it is highly advised that students pay extra attention to these two courses.  Please review the list of responsibilities of undergraduate students that has been prepared to ensure, among other things, that students understand their academic obligations.

Students should also note several other sequences of courses that extend from second year through third year and into fourth year. For example, MATH235 is also a prerequisite for the signals and systems courses ELEC323/324 in third year, and ELEC323/324 are critical prerequisites for the elective courses in signal processing ELEC421/422. Similarly, ELEC271 is a prerequisite for ELEC274, and both are prerequisites for ELEC371 in third year, ultimately leading to the ELEC470 elective in fourth year. Any disruption to these and other similar sequences of courses will also have undesirable consequences and possibly delay completion of the program by at least a year. To view all such dependencies, consult the diagram of prerequisites.

Standard Course Load for 2nd Year CMPE

  APSC 200 ELEC 279  
  APSC 293 ELEC 252  
  ELEC 221 ELEC 270  
  ELEC 271 ELEC 274  
  ELEC 278 ELEC 280  
  MTHE 235 ELEC 299  

Standard Course Load for 2nd Year ELEC

  APSC 200 ELEC 252  
  APSC 293 ELEC 273  
  ELEC 221 ELEC 274  
  ELEC 271 ELEC 280  
  ELEC 278 ELEC 299  
  MTHE 235 MTHE 228  
  • Innovation Stream - CMPE & ELEC - will be preloaded with COMM 201 Introduction to Business for Entrepreneurs in the Fall as a 2nd year CORE course
  • As a 2nd year student you do not need to do anything other than check that the appropriate courses have been added to your schedule and add a course to take as your complementary studies elective (CS). This is part of your “Arts elective” requirement as an ECE student.

  • ECE - Regular Stream: Complementary Studies

    ECE students take a total of 9 credits of Complementary Studies over 2nd, 3rd and 4th year, the remainder of the required Complementary Studies component is found in other core courses within the ECE program for a total of 18.5 credits.

    6 credits must be from List A (Humanities and Social Sciences) and the remaining 3 can be from List A, B, C or D.  These courses are usually taken one per year throughout your program but can be taken at any time prior to graduation.   Another option is to take these courses through summer, this can be done on campus, in class or via correspondence at another university, and may be taken while on internship with permission of your supervisor.  If taking your CS off campus, please ensure that you complete and submit a Course Substitution form prior to taking the course, this will ensure that you get credit for the course(s) taken elsewhere http://engineering.queensu.ca/Current-Students/Registration-Guide/Academic-Regulation-Requests-Waivers-and-Appeals.html#Requests  

    Complementary Studies is a required component of the ECE degree program and complement the technical content of a student's curriculum, and a full list of eligible courses and there categories can be found here:


  • ECEi - Innovation Stream: Complementary Studies

    Only two List A Complementary Studies courses (6 credits) are required for the degree. The Department recommends to take these two courses during the 2nd and the 3rd year of the ECEi program.

    ECEi - Innovation - Complementary Studies Program Structure:

    2nd Year

    APSC 200/293 - Eng. Design & Practice; Eng. Communications - F

    COMM 201 - Introduction to Business for Entrepreneurs - F

    List “A” Complementary Studies Course – F/W/S

    3rd Year

    COMM 301 - Funding New Ventures – F

    COMM 302 - Launching New Ventures – W

    List “A” Complementary Studies Course – F/W/S

    4th Year

    COMM 400 - Pitching and Launching Your New Venture - W

    Complementary Studies is a required component of the ECE degree program and complement the technical content of a student's curriculum, and a full list of eligible courses and there categories can be found here: