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Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Computer Engineering Major

Computer engineers are innovators whose designs enhance people's lives. They integrate electrical engineering with computer science to analyze and solve problems involving computers. They can design, build, and test versatile computer equipment such as computer chips, the next smart phone, tablet, and embedded systems to control myriad machines from sophisticated vehicles to jet aircraft.

Integral to all four years of the program is a "design and build" educational philosophy incorporated through extensive laboratory and project activities as preparation for professional practice. Students engage in design at all levels of the curriculum. At each level, they must realize their designs and proceed with testing, validation, and redesign. This approach allows students to experience many real-world constraints such as project economics, project planning and scheduling, environmental considerations, manufacturability/producibility of the designs, laboratory and product safety, and product reliability.

The junior and senior years of the computer engineering program build upon the foundation courses to provide greater depth in engineering science, engineering design, and the program areas of computer engineering. Students complete seven required courses and three computer engineering elective courses distributed in electric circuits, embedded systems, algorithms, and software engineering. Computer engineering students also fulfill the educational requirements for taking the Fundamentals of Engineering professional examinations before graduation.

Accreditation

The computer engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, abet.org.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the computer engineering program are expected within a few years of graduation to

  • demonstrate technical competency in their careers;
  • function effectively in an industrial or academic environment;
  • engage in professional development; and
  • shape their professions and societies.

Student Outcomes and Assessment

The graduate will demonstrate an ability to

  • identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  • apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  • communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  • function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  • develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions; and
  • acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Degree Requirements

Computer engineering students must complete all requirements for the B.S.E. degree including the general education requirements, foundations of engineering courses, cooperative education, engineering design Capstone and the following computer and electrical engineering courses.

Required Courses

Elective Courses

Choose three of the following:

Suggested Order of Coursework

Junior and Senior Years

First Co-op Semester

Spring/Summer:

Fifth Academic Semester

Fall:

Second Co-op Semester

Winter:

Sixth Academic Semester

Spring/Summer:

Third Co-op Semester

Fall:

Seventh Academic Semester

Winter:

*The prerequisites for EGR 485 are acceptance into the B.S.E. degree program and completion of the prerequisite courses listed under the student's engineering major. For the computer engineering major, these prerequisite courses are: EGR 315, EGR 326, CIS 350, and EGR 390.

Eighth Academic Semester

Spring/Summer:

Engineering Program Description

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