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Major Spotlight: What is a Computer Engineering Major?

Some of us drive cars with little knowledge of how they work. Others wouldn’t dream of driving a car without understanding exactly how it’s powered, how it gets them from point A to point B, and how to fix it when it breaks down.

Computer engineering students have the same philosophy about computers. They want to know how computers work and what they can do to make them smarter, faster, and more efficient. 

Through the study of mathematics, physics, and computer science, computer engineering majors learn to analyze, design, and develop computer hardware and software.

Did You Know?

The iPhone 6 has more processing power than the Apollo 11 guidance computer

Are You Ready To...?

  • Collaborate on cutting edge projects that make a difference

  • Intern in real world settings

  • Explore the latest advances in electricity, circuitry, and electronic materials

  • Use math as a tool to find creative solutions to intriguing problems

  • Apply the most advanced tools and technologies in your projects

  • Dream up innovative technologies of the future

It Helps To Be...

A problem solver and a team player who is able to work independently and in teams. Excited by the thrill of devising creative solutions. Interested in doing work that shapes our future.

College Checklist

  • Is the program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology?

  • Does the school offer a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program?

  • Is the program offered by the computer science or the electrical engineering department? How does that affect the program’s focus?

  • What requirements will you have to fulfill to be admitted to the program?

  • What internships and other hands-on learning opportunities will you have?

Did You Know?

Today’s fastest computer, the NUDT Tianhe-2A, can complete 33.86 quadrillion calculations a second.

Course Spotlight

Engineering design courses and labs are integrated into all four years of the computer engineering major. As you advance, your design assignments will become more complex and interesting.

You may get to finish your studies with a senior design project that shows off all you’ve learned. If you’re like many students, you’ll choose a project in a specialty such as web technology, robotics, or computer security in which you might someday build a career. 

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