2015-2016 Catalog 
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2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Engineering, BS

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Learning Outcomes

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has established the following educational outcomes for the Bachelor of Science degree program in Computer Engineering (BSCpE). By the time of graduation, students are expected to demonstrate:

  • 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 acquisition of the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solution in a global, economic, environmental and social context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice


The educational objectives of the Bachelor of Science degree program in Computer Engineering are statements that describe the accomplishments of graduates 3-5 years post-graduation:

  1. Illuminate—lifelong learning in computer engineering
    Alumni are expected to track state-of-the-art technology in computer engineering, to learn new processes, tools and device technologies, and to apply this knowledge in pursuit of graduate work and/or technology careers— including but not limited to technical development, project management and technical sales.
  2. Investigate—demonstration of computer engineering principles
    Alumni should have the ability to find and access information relevant to an application under development, be able to model various problem domains, and to apply techniques of algorithm, hardware and system design to new problem solutions as a productive technical team member.
  3. Innovate—creative application of computer engineering principles
    Alumni should be able to apply the general principles of computer engineering to innovative real-world problem solutions that demonstrate consideration for aesthetics, economics, ergonomics, ethics, safety, and sustainability.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering requires the following:

  • completion of at least 128 hours
  • participation in the Exit Interview
  • a minimum 2.0 average in all ECE, CS and CU courses taken
  • a minimum 2.0 in     , and  .

Course Requirements

Basic Science (14 credit hours)

Social Sciences and Humanities (15 credit hours)

Studies in the humanities and social sciences serve not only to meet the objectives of a broad education, but also to meet the objectives of the engineering profession.

College of Engineering and Applied Science students are required to take at least 15 credit hours of social sciences and humanities to be more aware of social responsibilities and able to consider related factors in the decision-making process. To ensure this, a minimum of nine (9) credit hours in social sciences and six (6) credit hours in humanities, or vice versa, must be taken; at least six (6) of these credit hours must be beyond the introductory level (2000 level or higher courses).

In place of 3 credit hours of social sciences and humanities, GPS 1010 - Gateway Program Seminar may be taken during the fall semester of the first year in the program. The balanced adjustment between social science and humanities for students completing GPS 1010 is six (6) credit hours and six (6) credit hours, respectively, with the 2000 level or higher course requirement unchanged.

SOCIAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENTS: Anthropology, Communications, Economics, Geography and Environmental Studies, Gerontology, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s and Ethnic Studies

HUMANITIES DEPARTMENTS: Art History,  English (1500 or higher classes), History, Humanities, Music (except choir or lessons), and Philosophy


Other courses in CS, ECE, MAE, MATH, and PES numbered 3000+ (except MATH 3010 and 3020) may be accepted with a petition completed prior to taking the course.

Free Electives (3 Credits)

Sample Schedule

The following sample schedule represents the suggested order and semesters in which students should take courses to graduate within four (4) years. Since each student is different, this listing should only be considered a guide. All course prerequisites and co-requisites must be completed by the student.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester (17 credit hours) Spring Semester (17 credit hours)

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (15 credit hours) Spring Semester (15 credit hours)

Junior Year

Fall Semester (16 credit hours) Spring Semester (16-18 credit hours)

Senior Year

Fall Semester (14-16 credit hours) Spring Semester (16 credit hours)

Total Credit Hours: 128



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