2021-2022 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Combined Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Master of Science in Applied Computer Science
Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a combined bachelor's/master's program and obtain both a B.S.E. in computer engineering and an M.S. in applied computer science within an accelerated time frame. Students admitted to this program will count up to 12 credits of graduate work in partial satisfaction of both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. After completing 120 credits and all requirements for the bachelor's degree, students are awarded a bachelor's degree. A minimum of 21 graduate credits must be completed after the 120 credits of the bachelor's degree. All other master's degree requirements must be met, including a graduate Capstone.
Students will normally apply directly to the School of Computing for the combined B.S.E./M.S. program during their second academic year. Application requirements include:
- Overall GPA of 3.25 or greater
- Student must have been admitted to the computer engineering program
- 60 hours of academic credit have been completed or are in progress
- Two letters of recommendation
- Academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are allowable)
Admission decisions will be made by the school admissions committee based on the student's previous academic success in computer engineering, as indicated by GPA and grades in the foundation computer engineering courses, as well as potential success in the graduate program, as indicated by the letters of recommendation, and the student's letter of intent. Decisions will normally be communicated to students within four weeks of submitting a complete application to the combined degree program.
During Undergraduate Studies
All university requirements, including general education courses, must be completed before the final (graduate) year of the combined B.S.E./M.S. program. In the final undergraduate year, students will normally take nine credits of graduate-level courses. If any courses are dual-listed, students in the combined B.S.E./M.S. program must complete all assignments expected of graduate students and they will be evaluated in the same way as graduate students.
- Students will be considered undergraduates for tuition, academic requirements, and financial aid purposes until all requirements for the undergraduate degree are completed. Following this, they will be considered graduate students, will pay graduate tuition, and will be eligible for graduate financial aid.
- The school has identified the following courses that students may dual-count toward the B.S.E. and M.S. degrees. Up to 12 credits can be dual counted. Students are strongly encouraged to work with the graduate program director in ACS to ensure all undergraduate and graduate requirements are met.
During Graduate Studies
A student shall be considered a graduate student for all purposes upon either of the following events: the award of a baccalaureate degree or the completion of 120 credit hours.
Graduation Without Completion of the Program
If a student decides at some point to pursue only the undergraduate portion of the combined degree, the school will still recognize the graduate courses taken in lieu of undergraduate courses. Credit from the undergraduate degree cannot be used toward a graduate degree at a later date.
Please note that awarding of the B.S.E. in computer engineering requires a Capstone course, either EGR 485 and EGR 486, or CIS 693, or both CIS 690 and CIS 695. Awarding of the M.S. in applied computer science requires a graduate Capstone course: CIS 693, or both CIS 690 and CIS 695.
Suggested Order of Coursework
This sample order of coursework assumes that students will complete the CE core and general education courses with the help of their advisor and apply for undergraduate admission at the end of the winter semester of their second year. The following course sequence also assumes a strong mathematics background for the entering student. If mathematics deficiencies exist, completing the mathematics prerequisites should be the student's top priority.
Please note: This is only one of many possible sequences of courses. Students are strongly encouraged to work with the graduate program director in ACS to ensure all undergraduate and graduate requirements are met, and to customize the combined program to their areas of interest.
The following sequence makes no attempt to minimize credit load. For example, the sequence assumes that all general education courses are distinct and no double dipping is done.
No change from CE sample curriculum (31 credits).
- CHM 115 - Principles of Chemistry I (4 credits)
- EGR 100 - Introduction to Engineering (1 credit)
- EGR 111 - Introduction to Engineering Graphics (1 credit)
- EGR 112 - Applied Programming for Engineers (2 credits)
- EGR 113 - Introduction to CAD/CAM (1 credit)
- EGR 185 - First-year Engineering Design (2 credits)
- EGR 220 - Engineering Measurement and Data Analysis (1 credit)
- MTH 201 - Calculus I (4 credits)
- MTH 202 - Calculus II (4 credits)
- PHY 230 - Principles of Physics I (5 credits)
- STA 220 - Statistical Modeling for Engineers (2 credits)
- WRT 150 - Strategies in Writing (4 credits)
No change from CE sample curriculum (46 to 47 credits).
- CIS 162 - Computer Science I (4 credits) OR CIS 159 - Java Programming for Engineers (1 credit)
- CIS 163 - Computer Science II (4 credits)
- EGR 214 - Circuit Analysis I (3 credits)
- EGR 215 - Circuit Analysis I Lab (1 credit)
- EGR 224 - Introduction to Digital System Design (3 credits)
- EGR 226 - Microcontroller Programming and Applications (3 credits)
- EGR 227 - Microcontroller Programming and Applications Lab (1 credit)
- EGR 289 - Engineering Professionalism (1 credit)
- EGR 290 - Engineering Co-op 1 (3 credits)
- EGR 223 - Probability and Signal Analysis (3 credits)
- MTH 203 - Calculus III (4 credits)
- MTH 302 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4 credits)
- PHY 231 - Principles of Physics II (5 credits) OR PHY 234 - Engineering Physics (4 credits)
- PHY 234 - Engineering Physics (4 credits)
- Generation education Social and Behavioral Sciences Credits: 3
Includes 33 undergraduate credits plus three graduate credits (36 credits).
- CIS 241 - System-level Programming and Utilities (3 credits)
- CIS 263 - Data Structures and Algorithms (3 credits)
- CIS 611 - Introduction to Software Engineering (3 credits)
- ECO 210 - Introductory Macroeconomics (3 credits)
- ECO 211 - Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits)
- EGR 314 - Circuit Analysis II (4 credits)
- EGR 315 - Electronic Circuits I (4 credits)
- EGR 326 - Embedded System Design (4 credits)
- EGR 390 - Engineering Co-op 2 (3 credits)
- General education Arts (3 credits)
- General education Issues (3 credits)
- General education Global Perspectives (3 credits)
Includes 21 to 22 undergraduate credits plus six graduate credits (27 to 28 credits).
- CIS 452 - Operating Systems Concepts (4 credits)
- CIS 654 - Computer Networking (3 credits)
- CIS 672 - Computer Systems Architecture (3 credits)
- EGR 490 - Engineering Co-op 3 (3 credits)
- CE elective (3 or 4 credits)
- General education History (3 credits)
- General education Issues (3 credits)
- General education Life Sciences (3 credits)
- General education Philosophy and Literature (3 credits)
Includes 24 graduate credits.