Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Science

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department’s Computer Engineering Program (CENG) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org.

Program Educational Objectives

The department’s Program Educational Objectives are a statement of what graduates are doing, or are capable of doing, three to five years after graduation.  The students in the Computer Engineering program receive a strong foundation in engineering science and design that not only enables them to pursue productive careers in the computer engineering field but that can be used as the foundation for careers in other areas, such as business, management, and medicine.  Typical industries in which Computer Engineering graduates are employed include microprocessor/embedded system design, digital design, hardware/software integration, and computer architecture and parallel processing.

The Computer Engineering program prepares graduates for their professional careers with the objective that within five years after graduation they will be:

  • Employed in business, academia, or government.
  • Successful engineers who have established productive careers in their field and have contributed to improve and provide innovative and effective solutions in computer engineering or related fields.
  • Demonstrating technical and decision-making processes and the human interactions necessary to produce viable, responsible, and sustainable technological solutions.
  • Engaging in lifelong learning, which may include postgraduate education, to successfully adapt to technological, industry specific, and cultural changes and to foster adept functioning in society.
  • Performing engineering practice in a context that reflects awareness of the ethics of their profession and of the impacts of their work on the profession and society at large.

These Program Educational Objectives were developed with input from the program’s educational objectives constituency consisting of employers (including the Industry Advisory Board), graduates of the program, and faculty of the department.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes are those abilities that a graduate of the Computer Engineering program will have attained so that he/she can meet the educational objectives established for the program.

At the time of graduation, students in the ECE Computer Engineering program will have:

            a.         An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

            b.         An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

            c.         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.

            d.         An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

            e.         An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

            f.          An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

            g.         An ability to communicate effectively.

            h.         The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a 
                        global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

            i.          A recognition of the need for, and an ability to, engage in lifelong learning.

            j.          A knowledge of contemporary issues.

            k.         An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for 
                        engineering practice.

These student outcomes have been developed with input from the program outcomes constituency group consisting of:  employers (including the Industry Advisory Board), graduates of the program, faculty of the department, and students in the program.

The 124 credit hour program in computer engineering leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. Thirty-two hours of mathematics and physics and 9 hours of computer science complement the required 44 hours of work in the computer engineering area. Six hours in written and oral communications, 18 hours in the humanities and social sciences, and 15 hours of engineering electives provide the opportunity for the student to acquire a general educational background and gain the cultural attributes associated with a university education.

The individual holding this degree will have advanced knowledge in his or her field of engineering interest and in addition will have a university educational background involving mathematics, the physical sciences, and the humanities and social sciences. Completion of this curriculum will enable the graduate to enter employment in positions involving computer hardware design and applications, computer software design and development, microcomputer based applications, and computer networking. The program also leads to the preparation for graduate work in computer engineering, computer science or electrical engineering.

Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredits
ECEN 1030 COMPUTER AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING FUNDAMENTALS 4
CIST 1400 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I 3
MATH 1950 CALCULUS I 5
ACE Elective 1 3
 Credits15
Second Semester
ECEN 1060 MICROPROCESSOR APPLICATIONS 3
ECEN 1940 SPECIAL TOPIC IN COMPUTER ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING I 1
ECEN 2250 COMPUTER AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING SEMINAR 1
CSCI 1620 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE II 3
MATH 1960 CALCULUS II 5
PHYS 2110 GENERAL PHYSICS I - CALCULUS LEVEL 4
 Credits17
Second Year
First Semester
ECEN 2130 ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS I 3
ECEN 2184 ELECTRICAL CKT I LAB 1
MATH 2350 DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 3
PHYS 1164 GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY II 1
PHYS 2120 GENERAL PHYSICS-CALCULUS LEVEL 4
CMST 1110 PUBLIC SPEAKING FUNDS 2 3
 Credits15
Second Semester
ECEN 2220 ELECTRONIC CIRCUITS I 4
ECEN 2170 ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS III 1
ECEN 3130 SWITCHING CIRCUITS THEORY 4
MATH 1970 CALCULUS III 4
ENGL 3980 TECHNICAL WRITING ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES 3 3
 Credits16
Third Year
First Semester
ECEN 3100 DIGITAL DESIGN AND INTERFACING 4
ECEN 3320 ASSEMBLY LANGUAGE PROGRAMMING 1
CSCI 3320 DATA STRUCTURES 3
STAT 3800 APPLIED ENGINEERING PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS 3
MATH 2050 APPLIED LINEAR ALGEBRA 3
 Credits14
Second Semester
ECEN 3250 COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS 4
ECEN 4330 MICROPROCESSOR SYSTEM DESIGN 4
Engineering Elective 4 6
ACE Elective 1 3
 Credits17
Fourth Year
First Semester
ECEN 4350 EMBEDDED MICROCONTROLLER DESIGN 4
ECEN 4960 CAPSTONE I 2
ENGR 4690 TECH, SCIENCE & CIVILIZATION 3
Engineering Elective 4 3
ACE Elective 1 3
 Credits15
Second Semester
ECEN 4990 CAPSTONE II 3
Engineering Elective 4 6
ACE Elective 1 6
 Credits15
 Total Credits124
1

ACE elective: Choose one course from each ACE Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 5,6,7,8 and 9 elective course.

2

Students may substitute ENGR 1000 for CMST 1110

3

Students may substitute ENGR 3000 for ENGL 3980 

4

Engineering electives may be selected from ECE junior and senior or approved sophomore level courses. Three hours of engineering electives may be selected from an approved list of non-ECE courses.