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Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

The Bachelor of Science program in Computer Engineering is designed to give a student a strong background in the fundamentals of computer engineering through combined classroom and laboratory work. A graduate of this program will be able to use these fundamentals to analyze and evaluate computer systems, both hardware and software. A computer engineering graduate would also be able to design and implement a computer system for general purpose or embedded computing incorporating state-of-the-art solutions to a variety of computing problems. This includes systems which have both hardware and software component, whose design requires a well-defined interface between the two, and the evaluation of the associated trade-offs.

Mission

The educational mission of the computer engineering program is to graduate students who have fundamental technical knowledge of their profession along with requisite technical breadth and communications skills to become leaders in creating the new techniques and technologies which will advance the general field of computer engineering. Core courses provide our students with a strong background in digital systems design, computer organization, hardware architecture, and digital electronics.

Program Educational Objectives

  1. Graduates will be successful professionals obtaining positions appropriate to their background, interests, and education.
  2. Graduates will engage in life-long learning to improve and enhance their professional skills.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate leadership in their profession using their knowledge, communication skills, and engineering ability.

Student Outcomes

As preparation for achieving the above educational objectives, the BS degree program in Computer Engineering is designed so that students attain:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The B.S. degree program in Computer Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Program Description

Major

The Bachelor of Science program in Computer Engineering is designed to give a student a strong background in the fundamentals of mathematics, physics, and computer engineering and science. A graduate of this program should be able to use these fundamentals to analyze and evaluate computer systems, both hardware and software. A graduate should also be able to design and implement computer systems, both hardware and software, which are state of the art solutions to a variety of computing problems. This includes systems which have both a hardware and a software component, whose design requires a well defined interface between the two, and the evaluation of the associated engineering trade-offs. In addition to these program specific objectives, all students in the EECS department are exposed to societal issues, professionalism, and have the opportunity to develop leadership skills.

Minor

The minor has a required two course sequence followed by a two course sequence in either hardware or software aspects of computer engineering. Learn the course requirements for the Computer Engineering minor in the university's General Bulletin.

Computer Science and Computer Engineering Majors and Minors Restriction

Please note that a student cannot have a major and a minor, or two minors, in both Computer Engineering and Computer Science, due to of the significant overlap between these subjects.

Course Dependencies in Computer Engineering including Prerequisites and Co-Requisites

This is a very useful diagram showing the required computer engineering courses and their pre-requisites and co-requisites. This updated diagram also shows the semester(s) when the course is typically taught.

Explore the program's full curriculum and suggested course of study in the university's General Bulletin >>