Computer Engineering

Program Overview

Computer engineering provides students with high-level skills in mathematics, science and engineering. Computer engineers serve as a bridge between electrical engineering and computer science, focusing primarily on the design of computers.

The scope of products and systems containing computer technology is ever-expanding, ranging from small, embedded computers in consumer electronics, appliances and automobiles to complex, computer-based systems controlling power generation, manufacturing and telecommunications systems. The role of the computer engineer includes the design, analysis and implementation of computing technology as well as its integration into devices and systems that use computers. 

Curriculum

The curriculum begins with the common first-year curriculum of mathematics and the natural sciences required of all Watson School students and includes an introduction to the various fields of engineering, including computer or electrical engineering.

Elective courses provide the student with the opportunity to customize his/her education to include additional exposure to other fields of engineering or to pursue specific computer or electrical engineering topics in greater depth. For the EE curriculum, a total of two (2) technical electives and two (2) professional electives are required. For the CoE curriculum, a total of two (2) technical electives and one (1) professional elective are required. Students may also obtain permission to take other electives from their advisor, provided a strong case is made.

A two-semester, senior-level design course sequence provides a capstone experience in which the student is given the opportunity to apply the knowledge and techniques acquired in the program to the solution of a real-world problem.

Internships, research opportunities and more

Watson School students learn from and work with an outstanding and experienced faculty in leading research areas. Students who participate in undergraduate research have the opportunity to delve into a focused area of interest while gaining meaningful hands-on experience applying technical skills and putting their analytical and critical-thinking abilities to practice.

Research conducted in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering focuses on:

  • information assurance and security, microelectronics and computer networks
  • systems areas of communications, controls and signal processing, laser communication, photonics and optoelectronics

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After You Graduate

Students go on to work in many industries, including in the aerospace, automobile, computer, defense, electronics, information technology, consulting and telecommunications fields. Others pursue advanced degrees in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering or other engineering disciplines.

Please refer to the official course catalog for the latest most accurate requirements.