From autonomous vehicles to smart cities, we live in a hyper-connected world. A degree in Computer Engineering from CSU will allow you to have an impact well beyond your computer screen. As devices and systems become “smarter” and more connected through the Internet of Things (IoT), computer engineers hold the key to understanding, advancing, and protecting the security of next generation technologies. 

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. Have an interest in robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, or data science management and optimization? With computer engineering at the heart of these disciplines, our professors will prepare you to make an impact in these and other emerging fields.

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 and Photonics
 
Career Opportunities
A field of endless possibilities, career paths for computer engineers are largely dependent on personal interests. Computer Engineering alumni hold positions such as software engineer for a tech giant, designer for a start-up company, and 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:

  1. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  2. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  3. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  4. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  5. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Effective Fall 2019

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 their 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
CS1---No Prior Programming Experience  
CS1--Prior Programming Experience  
Arts and Humanities3B3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Career Development Seminar1  
 Total Credits 33
Sophomore
 
CS 165CS2--Data Structures 4
CS 220Discrete Structures and their Applications 4
ECE 202Circuit Theory Applications 4
ECE 251Introduction to Microcontrollers and IoT 4
ECE 303/STAT 303Introduction to Communications Principles 3
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III 4
MATH 340Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A5
Career Development Seminar1  
 Total Credits 32
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 
Diversity and Global Awareness3E3
Technical Electives (See list below) 12
Elective4 2-3
Career Development Seminar1  
 Total Credits 33-34
 Program Total Credits: 129

Technical Electives

CS 314Software Engineering3
CS 320Algorithms--Theory and Practice 53
CS 356Systems Security3
CS 4XX Any CS course at the 400-level, excluding CS 457 and CS 470 6
CS 5XX Any CS course at the 500-level
Select any course from the following: 71-3
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/SYSE 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 courses as a graduation requirement. It is the responsibility of any student who fails to maintain a 2.000 average to work with their 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
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
CS1---No Prior Programming ExperienceX   
CS1--Prior Programming ExperienceX   
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 165CS2--Data StructuresX  4
ECE 251Introduction to Microcontrollers and IoTX  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
MATH 340Intro to Ordinary Differential EquationsX  4
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   15
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
Diversity and Global Awareness  3E3
Elective   2-3
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   17-18
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