Sep 24, 2022  
2013-14 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2013-14 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Engineering, B.S.

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Program Director:

Dr. Eric Durant
Office: L-339
Phone: (414) 277-7439
Fax: (414) 277-7465

Computer engineers are at the forefront of knowledge in arguably the most innovative professional discipline in the world. Beyond desktop and laptop computers, things like iPods, BlackBerrys, TiVo, DVRs, mp3 players, anti-lock brakes, satellite radio, cell phones, avionics, “smart” credit cards and countless other 21st-century products exist today thanks to the creativity, knowledge and skills 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, by coupling computer hardware topics with the study of software - all this starting at the freshman level.

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 most respected companies and organizations across the country.

Study Abroad

Computer engineering sophomores interested in studying abroad have the ability to do so for five months at Czech Technical University (CTU), one of the oldest and best technical universities in the world. All courses are taught in English, participation does not delay graduation and the program costs the same as attending MSOE (excluding transportation costs). Interested students should start planning no later than September of the sophomore year to ensure timely receipt of their passports and visas and to ensure enrollment in necessary classes. For more information about studying abroad at CTU, contact the program director.

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:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • 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.
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • an ability to communicate effectively.
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • 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 - V3.5

Year One

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

Total: 15 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 18 credits

Total: 12 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 15 credits

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four


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


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


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


1There are 27 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
  • 6 credits of approved program electives
  • 3 credits of approved math/science elective
  • 3 credits of an approved upper-division course from any area

Engineering technology courses may not be used to satisfy requirements of the computer engineering curriculum.

Transfer students who have completed 36 quarter or 24 semester credits or more are expected to complete 301OR 301  Transfer Orientation or OR 307S  Transfer Orientation Seminar. 

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), OR 2000 , OR 3000 , one program elective, and the free elective.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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