Imagine a world without smart phones, video games, or 3D printing. Such advancements would not be possible without computer engineers. Computer Engineering students are prepared for success in today's high-tech world through stimulating coursework and unique hands-on design projects. They will learn a new way of thinking that teaches the importance of creativity and innovation in solving complex societal problems.

The Computer Engineering degree combines many aspects of electrical engineering and computer science, arming students with the knowledge to continually push the capabilities and applicability of next generation electronics and computing.

Computer Engineering students will experience the benefits of a smaller department with top-tier faculty, while enjoying the perks of a large university. Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) courses and research areas span a range of disciplines that include:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Communications and Signal Processing
  • Computer Engineering
  • Controls and Robotics
  • Electric Power and Energy Systems
  • Electromagnetics and Remote Sensing
  • Lasers, Optics, and Applications
     

Career Opportunities

A field of endless possibilities, career paths for computer engineers are largely dependent on personal interests. Computer Engineering alumni hold positions ranging from designer at a start-up company to program manager for NASA. In addition to being one of the most lucrative college majors, Computer Engineering currently ranks among the top 10 majors in demand for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Almost every industry recruits Computer Engineering graduates, including the aerospace, biomedical, energy, robotics, manufacturing, and automotive industries. 

Program Objectives and Outcomes

The Computer Engineering program educational objectives are designed and implemented around the following three principal attributes: mastery, innovation, and leadership.

Graduates of the Computer Engineering program will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments; analyze and interpret data
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
  • Function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively
  • Use broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global context
  • Recognize the need for life-long learning
  • Apply knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering

Effective Fall 2018

In order to maintain professional standards required of practicing engineers, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering requires a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000 in Electrical Engineering courses as a graduation requirement. It is the responsibility of any student who fails to maintain a 2.000 average to work with his or her advisor to correct grade point deficiencies. In addition, it is required that students retake any Electrical Engineering course at the 300-level or below in which they receive a grade below C.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
ECE 102Digital Circuit Logic 4
ECE 103DC Circuit Analysis 3
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A5
Select one course from the following: 4
Java (CS1) No Prior Programming  
Java (CS1) Prior Programming  
Arts and Humanities3B3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Career Development Seminar1  
 Total Credits 33
Sophomore
 
CS 165Java (CS2) Data Structures and Algorithms 4
CS 220Discrete Structures and their Applications 4
ECE 202Circuit Theory Applications 4
ECE 251Introduction to Microprocessors 4
ECE 303/STAT 303Introduction to Communications Principles 3
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III 4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A5
Select one group from the following: 4-6
Group A:
  
Matrices and Linear Equations  
Differential Equations  
Group B:
  
Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations  
Career Development Seminar1  
 Total Credits 32-34
Junior
 
CS 253Software Development with C++ 4
CS 370Operating Systems 3
ECE 311Linear System Analysis I 3
ECE 312Linear System Analysis II 3
ECE 331Electronics Principles I 4
ECE 450Digital System Design Laboratory 1
ECE 451Digital System Design 3
ECE 452Computer Organization and Architecture 3
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Algorithms--Theory and Practice  
Electronics Principles II  
Arts and Humanities3B3
Career Development Seminar1  
 Total Credits 30-31
Senior
 
ECE 401Senior Design Project I4A,4B3
ECE 402Senior Design Project II4C3
ECE 456Computer Networks 4
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)2 
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Technical Electives (See list below) 12
Elective5 0-3
Career Development Seminar1  
 Total Credits 34
 Program Total Credits: 129

Technical Electives

CS 314Software Engineering3
CS 320Algorithms--Theory and Practice 63
CS 356Systems Security3
CS 4XX Any CS course at the 400-level, excluding CS 457 and CS 470 7
CS 5XX Any CS course at the 500-level
Select any course from the following: 81-3
Independent Study
Independent Study: Open Option Project
Independent Study: Vertically Integrated Projects
ECE 4XX Any ECE course at the 400-level
ECE 5XX Any CS course at the 500-level, excluding ECE 532/ENGR 532
MATH 360Mathematics of Information Security3
MATH 450Introduction to Numerical Analysis I3
MATH 451Introduction to Numerical Analysis II3
MATH 460Information and Coding Theory3
MECH 564Fundamentals of Robot Mechanics and Controls3
STAT 421Introduction to Stochastic Processes3

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:

TO PREPARE FOR FIRST SEMESTER:  The curriculum for this major assumes students enter college prepared to take calculus. 

The ECE curriculum has been modified as part of the Revolutionizing Engineering Departments initiative (RED).  Three threads run through the new curriculum: Foundations, Creativity and Professional Formation of Engineers. This new curriculum incorporates skills that engineers need beyond technical expertise, in areas like communication, ethics, social impact and interaction in large, diverse groups.  The ECE department requires that students also complete the following three Career Development Seminars: 1) Resume Writing; 2) Mock Interviewing or Behavior Based Interviewing; and 3) Using LinkedIn™. 

In order to maintain professional standards required of practicing engineers, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering requires a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000 in Electrical Engineering (ECE) courses as a graduation requirement.It is the responsibility of any student who fails to maintain a 2.000 average to work with his or her advisor to correct grade point deficiencies.In addition, it is required that students retake any Electrical Engineering (ECE) course at the 300-level or below in which they receive a grade below C. 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
ECE 102Digital Circuit LogicX  4
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)X 1B4
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Historical Perspectives X3D3
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   17
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ECE 103DC Circuit AnalysisX  3
Select one course from the following:   4
Java (CS1) No Prior ProgrammingX   
Java (CS1) Prior ProgrammingX   
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)X 1B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)X 3A5
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CS 165Java (CS2) Data Structures and AlgorithmsX  4
ECE 251Introduction to MicroprocessorsX  4
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists IIIX  4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)X 3A5
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   17
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CS 220Discrete Structures and their Applications   4
ECE 202Circuit Theory ApplicationsX  4
ECE 303/STAT 303Introduction to Communications PrinciplesX  3
Select one group from the following:   4-6
Group A:
    
Matrices and Linear EquationsX   
Differential EquationsX   
Group B:
    
Introduction to Ordinary Differential EquationsX   
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   15-17
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CS 253Software Development with C++X  4
ECE 311Linear System Analysis IX  3
ECE 331Electronics Principles IX  4
ECE 450Digital System Design LaboratoryX  1
ECE 451Digital System DesignX  3
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Algorithms--Theory and PracticeX   
Electronics Principles IIX   
CS 370Operating SystemsX  3
ECE 312Linear System Analysis IIX  3
ECE 452Computer Organization and ArchitectureX  3
Arts and Humanities X3B3
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   15-16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ECE 401Senior Design Project IX 4A,4B3
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3) X2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3) X2 
Technical Electives (See List on Requirements Tab)X  6
Global and Cultural Awareness X3E3
Elective   0-3
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   18
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ECE 402Senior Design Project IIX 4C3
ECE 456Computer NetworksX  4
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)X 3C3
Technical Electives (See List on Requirements Tab)X  6
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   16
 Program Total Credits:   129