Cleveland State University

Academics: Majors

Computer Engineering

Fenn College of Engineering

Since 1923, the Fenn College of Engineering has provided a tradition of high-quality undergraduate and graduate education in engineering and engineering technology. In our technological society, engineering is increasingly important in the global marketplace of business and industry. In fact, since the present and future well-being of the metropolitan Cleveland area is intricately linked with continued industrial growth, educated professionals such as engineers and technologists are in great demand.

Computer Engineering

Computer Engineers use their knowledge of both hardware and software for the design and development of the faster, smaller, and more powerful computer systems of tomorrow. Computers are embedded in everything that can be programmed, such as consumer products, and industrial, commercial, medical, and military products.

Fenn College’s curriculum in Computer Engineering prepares students for successful careers in the following areas: Computer design, hardware and software design, telecommunications, manufacturing, robotics and more.

In addition to mathematics and science courses, computer engineering students take courses such as digital systems, modern digital design, computer networks, computer organization, high performance architectures, operating systems and more. Technical writing and senior design projects are also offered.


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Computer Engineering is one of the top ten degrees in demand according to the 2007 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook Survey. Software engineering is predicted to grow by 36 percent, while projected growth in all engineering fields is 3-9 percent through 2012. Engineering ranks among the highest paid professional fields.


PROGRAM

Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Computer Engineering major .

NOTE: The requirements listed below are unofficial. For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).


Here are just a few of the many special opportunities that Cleveland State University’s Fenn College of Engineering offers:

  • The Cooperative Education Program – Provides excellent opportunities for hands-on, paid work experience. Co-op enables our students to alternate between classes and work in the field at many prominent companies.
  • Fully accredited programs
  • Free tutoring
  • Classes emphasize teamwork and communication skills
  • Small classes and labs (average class size is 17)
  • State-of-the-art facilities – Large investments have been made in new labs and the renovation of classrooms and office space in Stilwell Hall, home of the Fenn College of Engineering.
  • Research Centers - Undergraduate students have the opportunity to do research with our nationally recognized faculty
  • Student Support and Activities - Fenn College offers personalized advising and the Engineering Student Enrichment Program, along with 14 student organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, the Society of Women Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers. Networking events are held with alumni, and two annual career fairs are offered.

A variety of scholarships are available for exceptional students as incoming freshmen and at different class levels. An Honor’s Program is also available for qualified students.

Bachelor of Computer Engineering students are required to complete 143 hours (excluding orientation and co-op) of course work that includes university, college and major requirements. Adhering to the recommended sequence outlined below provides a balanced workload and ensures that students will have the proper prerequisites and knowledge for maximum benefit of these courses.


SAMPLE COURSE OF STUDY FOR THE COMPUTER ENGINEERING MAJOR

First Semester
ENG 101 College Writing I
MTH 181 Calculus I
CHM 261 General Chemistry I
CHM 266 General Chemistry Lab I
ESC 120 Intro to Engineering Design
ESC 100 New Student Orientation *

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Writing II or ESC 102 Technical Writing
MTH 182 Calculus II
PHY 243 University Physics I (Writing)
CIS 260 Introduction to Programming
CSC 121 Career Orientation **

Third Semester
MTH 284 Matrices for Engineers
PHY 244 University Physics II (Writing)
ESC 250 Differential Equations for Engineers
EEC 310 Electric Circuits I
CIS 265 Data Structures and Algorithms

Fourth Semester
EEC 311 Electric Circuits II
EEC 313 Electronics I
CIS 334 Fundamentals of Microcomputer Architecture
CIS 340 C/C++ for Systems Programming
EEC 382 Digital Systems and Lab
EEC 312 Circuits Lab

Fifth Semester
MTH 220 Discrete Mathematics
CIS 345 Operating System Principles
EEC 316 Electronic Devices Laboratory
EEC 480 Modern Digital Design
EEC 481 Digital Systems Laboratory II
EEC 414 Writing in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sixth Semester
Gen Ed Elective
EEC 483 Computer Organization
ESC 282 Engineering Economy
ESC Engineering Science Elective
PHL 215 Engineering Ethics (Writing)
Gen Ed Elective

Seventh Semester
Gen Ed Elective
ESC 310 Engineering Statistics and Probability
EEC 484 Computer Networks
EEC 485 High Performance Architectures
EEC Tech Elective

Eighth Semester
EEC 482 Computer Engineering Lab
EEC 490 Senior Design
EEC Tech Elective
EEC Tech Elective
Gen Ed Elective
Gen Ed Elective

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* Not required for transfer students.

** Optional course. Required for participation in co-op and internship programs.


For more information, contact:
Fenn College of Engineering
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, SH 104
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.2555
www.csuohio.edu/engineering/


For official requirements for a degree in this major, see the Undergraduate Catalog.