The Computer Engineering major bridges the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science disciplines and is focused on the design of electronic devices that are microcontroller/microprocessor controlled. Thus the Computer Engineer works with both hardware (sensors and actuators) as well as software design. The engineering component of the program places strong emphasis on hands-on experience and the art of engineering design. The curriculum provides for both breadth and depth through concentration areas and elective engineering courses. The Computer Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
A wide array of career options are available for graduates from the Computer Engineering major including applied engineers in industry, design engineers, research, consulting, and graduate study leading to advanced degrees.
Program Educational Objectives
The Computer Engineering major is structured to give students the knowledge, skills and experience needed to be successful as an entry level engineer upon graduation. With this educational foundation, it is our objective that within a few years following graduation, our alumni will have:
- Made meaningful contributions to the computer engineering profession through (for example) service as applied engineers in industry or consulting, professional licensure, advanced degrees and/or publications.
- Acquired new, specialized skills needed for professional mobility and growth.
- Been effective members of a professional team displaying proficiency at (for example) engineering design, communications, and teamwork skills.
Engineering Cooperative Work Experience (Co-op)
Students are required to complete three semesters of co-op (six credits) prior to graduation. Through this program, students gain practical hands-on experience in industry and other engineering-related enterprises. After their first two years of study, students alternate academic semesters with semesters of full-time paid professional engineering experience in industry. One or more co-ops may be waived for students with a history of qualified engineering work.
To be eligible for co-op, a student must have:
- A GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Completed a minimum of 64 credits of coursework
- Completed (with a grade of 2 or better) or be currently enrolled in ECE 280 and ECE 260
Student Policy Manual
The requirements, policies, procedures and other important details concerning the Computer Engineering major can be located in the Student Policy Manual.