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2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Engineering, B.S.

Interim Program Director

Dr. Darrin Rothe
Office: L-337
Phone: (414) 277-2413
Email: rothede@msoe.edu

Computer engineers are at the forefront of technological innovation. Beyond desktop and laptop computers, devices like iPads, set-top boxes, digital cameras, anti-lock brakes, satellite radio, cell phones, avionics, smart cards and countless other products exist today thanks to the creativity, knowledge and skill of computer engineers.

MSOE’s B.S. in computer engineering program balances hardware and software, building on the disciplines of electrical engineering and computer science. The freshman curriculum begins with year-long sequences in computer hardware design and computer software design. Engineering content is equally distributed throughout the remaining 3 years.

Employers come back to MSOE year after year because of the level of knowledge, skills and professionalism our computer engineering graduates bring to the workplace. Their achievements are impressive, and you will find them working in exciting positions with some of the country’s most respected companies and organizations.

Study Abroad

Computer engineering sophomores can study abroad for a semester at Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague, one of the oldest and most respected technical universities in the world. Courses are taught in English, participation does not delay graduation, and the program costs the same as attending MSOE (excluding airfare).

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, CE alumni will:

  • Have a record of successful delivery through product development, service, patent applications, etc.
  • Provide both informal and formal leadership (e.g., lead specific team efforts or function as team leader, project manager, etc.).
  • Develop expert knowledge in at least one area that is seen as an asset by colleagues and management.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the computer engineering program will attain:

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 life-long learning.

j) knowledge of contemporary issues.

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

l) an ability to apply knowledge of probability and statistics to computer engineering.

View Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Computer Engineering Model Full-time Track - V4.2

Year One

Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Year Two

Year Three

Total: 15 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 17 credits

Total: 13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits

Total: 15 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 17 credits

Year Four


Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits


Total: 15 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 16 credits


Total: 14 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 15 credits


1There are 33 credits of elective subjects in the computer engineering program which must be taken as follows:

  • 15 credits of humanities and social sciences: 6 credits of humanities (HU), 6 credits of social science (SS), and 3 credits of humanities or social science
  • 3 credits of an approved general education (GE)
  • 6 credits of approved CE program electives
  • 3 credits of approved math or science electives
  • 3 credits of approved science electives
  • 3 credits of an approved upper-division course from any area (“free elective”)

Students enrolled in Air Force ROTC must complete AF 1011 AF 2021 AF 2023 AF 3131 AF 3132 AF 3133 AF 4141 AF 4142 , and AF 4143 . Upon completion of these courses credit will be given for SS 455  (a social science elective), BA 3411 , one program elective, and the free elective.

Per MSOE’s official Naval ROTC course substitution list, students who complete

  • NS 1022  and NS 1023  will receive credit by substitution for HU44X;
  • NS 2186  and NS 2187  will receive credit by substitution for HU43X;
  • and NS 1185  or NS2185 will receive credit by substitution for BA 3444 ; for Naval ROTC CEs, this will be accepted as a substitution meeting CE’s BA 3411  requirement.

In addition, the CE program considers one program elective and the free elective requirement met when students complete all of the following: NS 1009 , NS2151, NS 2152 , NS3142, NS3162, NS3126, NS4152, NS4186, and NS4187.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.