Space Engineering Program Profile

Last Updated : Dec 22, 2016

Bachelor of Engineering 
+ Co-op (Optional) 
+ Dual Degree: BA Int'l Development Studies 

New frontiers offer new challenges. You will learn how to tackle these challenges with a combination of courses, facilities and professors.

Lassonde’s Space Engineering program will equip you with the technical skills required to design solutions to Earth’s problems using space-based assets while utilizing the principles of systems engineering.

These solutions require knowledge of all engineering disciplines combined with the knowledge of the unique space environments – both in-orbit and on other planets. 

Delve into systems ranging from orbit control and space-based optics, to ground station communications and robotics. As a student, you will learn and practice the design and management of complex multidisciplinary projects that enable missions to the far reaches of the solar system.

The co-op program after second year, allows you to gain professional experience within space agencies and related fields that require the design of complex systems.  


• Ability to apply theory learned in the classroom to course labs, projects and assignments as well as
  in extra-curicular competitions and student clubs

• Advanced knowledge of the systems engineering process, payload design, space vehicle design,
  space communication, space environment, orbital dynamics, and finite element methods

• Use of software tools for designing and modelling projects involving robotics; Earth observation,
  planetary missions, communications systems and other space applications is emphasized while
  frequently using industry standard tools

• Hardware laboratories provide hands-on learning for many subsystems required in spacecraft design Valuable experience with hardware test methods required prior to spaceflight
• Engineering design, prototyping and assembly skills through capstone project, with intro to
  business case plan development

• Opportunities to participate in courses offered by Osgoode Hall Law School (Intellectual Property
  and Patent Law) and Schulich School of Business (Business Leadership and Entrepreneurship)


• Social and communication skills gained through club membership and leadership opportunities
  (Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, Rover Team and more)

• Teamwork acumen gained through multiple collaborative activities, culminating in a capstone


First Year: 
• Chemistry & Material Science 
• Object-Oriented Programming 
• Engineering - Ethics, Communication & Problem-Solving 
• Engineering - Design Principles 
• Calculus 
• Algebra 
• Physics 
• Earth Environment 

Upper Year: 

• Space Systems Engineering
• Engineering Projects: Management, Economics and Safety
• Mechanical and Materials Engineering
• Geomatics and Space Engineering • Space Hardware Laboratory
• Introduction to Space
• Physics of the Space Applications
• Materials for Space Applications
• Heat Transfer and Thermal Design
• Time Series and Spectral Analysis
• Payload Design
• Space Mission Design
• Finite Element Methods in Engineering Design
• Control Systems
• Dynamics of Space Vehicles 


• Space Industry
• Space Agencies
• High–reliability engineering • Telecommunications
• Robots and Automation
• Remote Sensing
• Systems Engineering 

Check out a sample first-year Engineering schedule

For more information on course descriptions and degree completion requirements, check out the Academic Calendar.

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