The Computer Engineering program is new beginning Fall 2019 and will replace the Computer Engineering Option under Electrical Engineering. This program will give students a broad knowledge of the software and hardware components of modern computing systems, detailed computer-systems design, and the role of computer systems in various engineering disciplines.  Students completing the program will be prepared for a computer-oriented engineering career with emphasis on design and applications of embedded computing systems.

Graduates with a Computer Engineering, BS degree commonly begin their careers in a variety of functions including: hardware engineers, software engineers, computer systems analysts, computer support specialists, network system & data managers, communication analysts, network & computer systems administrators, computer programmers, database administrators, operations research analysts, computer & information scientists.  These graduates also pursue post-graduate degrees in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Business & Commerce, and even professional areas such as law and medicine.

Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

The mission of the undergraduate Computer Engineering program is to provide high-quality and broad-based education in Computer Engineering that emphasizes critical thinking and communication skills while preparing graduates for professional careers and lifelong learning. The faculty has adopted the educational objectives listed below for the Computer Engineering undergraduate program. The department has included a process to provide continual improvement of the curricula. Graduates will:

  • excel in engineering careers and/or postgraduate education using knowledge of Computer Engineering disciplines and underlying fundamental principles of science and mathematics, engineering analysis, problem solving, and design
  • expand their knowledge of current and emerging issues in Computer Engineering and continue career-long professional development through engagement in lifelong learning
  • grow professionally and advance throughout their engineering careers using skills in effective communication; responsible, multidisciplinary teamwork; and adherence to principles of professional accountability and ethics.

To facilitate attainment of these career-long objectives, the department has defined a set of student outcomes and associated assessments to demonstrate that, by graduation, students have:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specific needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • An Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  • An ability to solve mathematics problems in probability, statistics, differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, and discrete mathematics as they relate to problems in Computer Engineering.

The information contained here describes the undergraduate curriculum in Computer Engineering. Graduate students and students participating in the Scholars Program should consult the graduate catalog for information on all cross-listed and graduate-only courses. More information about various programs within the department is available in the Electrical and Computer Engineering departmental office.

The overall goal of the Computer Engineering program is to prepare students for engineering careers within the discipline. The first year and a half of the Computer Engineering curriculum includes basic courses in mathematics and physical science, broadening courses in humanities and social science, and foundation courses in engineering. The next three semesters provide the core education in Computer Engineering with courses in digital logic, microcomputers, computer programming, electronics, circuits, and systems. The last year of study includes two semesters of Capstone Design as well as required advanced courses in computer architecture and embedded systems (with its associated lab). Technical electives are available during the final year to allow students to concentrate in selected areas of the discipline. The department offers advanced courses in communications, controls, digital system design, and microelectronics.

To complete the senior-level electives, students must select one lecture with its associated lab (lecture/lab combination). This lecture/lab combination must be completed as a pair.  Additional materials that describe the curriculum are available in the Electrical and Computer Engineering departmental office.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CH 1014PH 1054
MATH 1254MATH 1264
ECE 121 or ENGR 111 (Or other ENG intro courses)1ENGR 103 or 1233
EN 1013EN 1023
Humanities (HU), Literature (L), or Fine Arts (FA) Elective1, 23 
 15 14
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
PH 1064MATH 3013
MATH 2383ECE 2254
MATH 2274MATH 2373
CS 1004ECE 3804
 Humanities (HU), Literature (L), or Fine Arts (FA) Elective1, 23
 15 17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
History (HI) or Social Behavioral Sciences (SB) Elective1, 23History (HI) or Social Behavioral Sciences (SB) Elective1, 23
ECE 3703ECE 3324
MATH 3553ECE 3263
CS 1014CS 2014
ECE 3834 
 17 14
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Humanities (HU), Literature (L), or Fine Arts (FA) Elective1, 23History (HI) or Social Behavioral Sciences (SB) Elective1, 23
ECE 3334ECE Restricted Area Elective33
ECE 4922ECE 4942
Select one of the following lecture/lab combinations4ECE Restricted Area Elective or Professional Elective3, 43
 ECE 4863
 ECE 4871
  
ECE 4843 
 16 15
Total Hours: 123

Computer Engineering graduates have career opportunities in a number of industries and fields including, but not limited to, communications, manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, defense/military, medical, robotics and automation, and consumer electronics. The degree also provides an excellent background for graduate study in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering as well as medicine and law.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Computer Engineering graduates often gain entry-level positions as programmers, embedded hardware and/or software developers, or as design engineers with engineering and consulting firms.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Alumni of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering currently hold positions such as distribution manager, Alabama Power; vice president, ADTRAN; senior design engineer, Radiance Technologies; senior engineer, TSC.