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A brief history of our department.


Main campus – Vari Hall

York University is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. York University was founded in 1959. The main campus consists of some 600 acres at the northern edge of Metropolitan Toronto. Today with a student population of over 54,000, York University is one of Canada’s most popular universities, ranking third largest in the country. Research activities, as measured by the level of funding, the number of grants, and various awards, continue to expand at a rapid rate.

The Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at York University has engaged in a period of sustained growth over the past 30 years, evolving from a small teaching department in the early 1980s to over 35 faculty today.

The department offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs in Computer Science, Computer Security, Digital Media, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering and Computer Engineering. These include undergraduate three-year and Honours BA and BSc programs, a BASc program, three BEng programs and graduate programs leading to MSc and PhD degrees. An optional internship is available at all levels which provides students the opportunity to experience computer science in an industrial setting. The Department is part of the Lassonde School of Engineering which offers a wide range of basic and applied programs. BEng degrees are offered in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Space Engineering. BSc degrees are offered in Applied Mathematics, Astronomy, Atmospheric Science, Computer Science, Conservation Ecology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical & Biological Chemistry, Physics, Space Science, and Statistics.

The Home of EECS at York

Our home is at the Lassonde building
Lassonde Building

Lassonde Building

Our home is currently located at the Lassonde building at the York University Keele campus, and is the home of a wide variety of labs, lecture halls and research facilities, however certain labs for the program are located in the William Small Center. The Lassonde building boasts a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate computing laboratories, with over 100 workstations for general use as well as specialty labs which support the needs of students taking courses in digital systems, signals and systems, virtual reality, digital media, network and security, robotics and more. The PRISM laboratories for undergraduate students consist of general and special purpose labs with over 160 workstations, and many of the laboratories are accessible 24 hours a day. To learn more about our facilities, take a look at the Labs and Infrastructure page.

The Lassonde building — previously named the Computer Science and Engineering building — was constructed in fall 2001, and has been the center of operations for our department ever since. The building boasts an environmentally friendly design, and was one of the first ‘green’ buildings constructed in Ontario, featuring an innovative ventilation system, green roof design and a construct based on a unique concrete mix to allow for energy conservation. To learn more about the green design of our building, click here: