Computer Engineering, B.S.E.
Computer engineers design, evaluate, test and maintain computer hardware and software systems to make computing platforms and applications more efficient. The computer engineering field integrates electrical engineering with computer science to analyze and solve problems across these two disciplines. Computer engineers design computing systems and develop embedded software for applications ranging from avionics and electric automobiles to consumer electronics.
Students are prepared for engineering careers and leadership roles through ABET accredited programs that integrate academic studies with hands-on learning and paid professional experiences in actual engineering companies. Grand Valley also offers a graduate program in engineering for those who want to expand their knowledge and skills.
Why Study Computer Engineering at Grand Valley?
- Personal attention in small classes and complete hands-on and
project-based learning in our student-focused, state-of-the-art
teaching, laboratory, and project facilities.
- Opportunity to specialize in areas such as embedded system design,
digital system design, computer architecture, software engineering
and operating systems.
- Collaborate with our industry partners who sponsor capstone design
projects, fund engineering scholarships and provide career opportunities.
- Three semesters of paid cooperative-education work experience
prior to graduation in recognized domestic and international
- Join a group of successful graduates who have achieved a nearly 100% placement in industry-based careers or graduate school.
This tool shows an overview of potential career opportunities for this major. Actual salaries, employment opportunities, and job titles may change over time.
Location & Format
All undergraduate students begin their academic career on the Allendale Campus. Students in this major continue their upper division studies downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.Format:
- Face To Face
A degree in computer engineering involves coursework in:
- Computer programming
- Digital systems
- Computer architecture
- Data communications
- Circuit analysis
- Embedded system design
- Operating systems
- Cooperative education
Combined Degree Programs
This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.
You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.
REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCEHands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.
Students with no previous college credit, or those who have not completed the 64-semester-hour engineering foundations course sequence, are pre-majors. Students who intend to pursue the B.S.E. degree are urged to declare an engineering major as soon as possible.
The School of Engineering admits students directly to major standing as freshmen. This honor is reserved for students who have both a 29 or higher composite score and a 32 or higher mathematics score on the ACT and a 3.6 or higher high school GPA.
Admission to major standing in the B.S.E. program requires a secondary application. Applicants must meet at least the following:
- A GPA of 2.7 or above in the engineering foundations course sequence;
- Completion of each course in the engineering foundations course sequence with a grade of C (2.0) or above with not more than one repeat in each foundation course; and
- Completion of EGR 289 in preparation for placement in cooperative engineering education.
See catalog for details.
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