Feb 06, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Computer Engineering Major, B.S.

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Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology  

College of Health and Applied Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person   

About the Program

The Computer Engineering (CPE) program offers the Bachelor of Science degree major. 

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering is a discipline with historical foundations in computer science and electrical engineering. It is concerned with the study of a variety of topics including circuit design, programmable logic, computer design, computer programming, data communication, machine intelligence, robotics, the algorithmic solutions of problems, and the various representations of information including numeric, alphabetic, visual, audio and sensory. In the modern society, the Computer Engineering discipline will also deal with secure computing in Web information, space and industry systems. This discipline deals with effective ways to represent and manipulate information, algorithms to process information, hardware systems and technologies to run software, design methodologies for hardware and software systems, and engineering techniques for ensuring the accuracy and cost effectiveness of these processes. 

Students majoring in Computer Engineering must meet the following curriculum and are required to complete all General Studies courses, program pre-requisite courses, elective courses and core courses with a grade required for graduation. Technical elective courses must be approved by the program coordinator or department chair. Students who are considering a major in Computer Engineering are expected to consult with CPE faculty for advising. 

Students are encouraged to enroll in an internship/cooperative education program through the University’s C2 Hub to gain valuable work experience. 

A full-time student may complete the program in four years (eight semesters).

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are used to evaluate the students and support the program educational objectives. The students in the Computer Engineering program are expected to attain the outcomes (1) through (7) as defined by ABET Criterion 3, Student Outcomes. 

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. an ability to 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.
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. an ability to 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.
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A minimum of 128 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • A grade of “C” or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • For every computer engineering course, a minimum grade of “C” is required for all prerequisites before a student can progress
  • CPE majors must comply with all University General Studies requirements. 
  • This is an extended major, therefore a minor is not required to fulfill the degree requirements. 
  • Students may refer to program flowchart or consult with an advisor for degree planning.
  • Selecting any General Studies course approved for Multicultural credit will satisfy the Multicultural requirement of three credits. Selecting any General Studies course approved for Global Diversity credit will satisfy the Global Diversity requirement of three credits.
  • Some courses require prerequisites from outside CPE courses. Check with the Department for more information.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  

  • Written Communication (6 credits) 
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) 
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) 
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits) 
  • Historical (3 credits) 
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the Multicultural Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Program Prerequisites: 31 credits

All students must complete the following courses. The department recommends that this requirement be met along with the General Studies requirements.

Upper Division Major Electives: 6 credits

Please see the department advisor for approval of upper division electives.

Senior Experience: 3 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Prerequisites 31 credits
Required Major Courses 64 credits
Upper Division Major Electives 6 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Total for the Computer Engineering Major, B.S. Minimum of 128 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

Up to 9 of the 33 General Studies credits in this program may be fulfilled through requirements for the degree.

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