Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

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Computer engineering involves the design and application of computer hardware and computer software. Computer hardware consists of the physical components that implement a computer system: processor and memory chips, circuit boards, and peripheral devices. Computer software consists of computer programs that accomplish a specific task using sequences of simple, programmable steps. Computers have become an integral part of many large systems that require sophisticated control, including automobiles, medical instrumentation, telecommunication systems, and factory automation. Computers are a driving force behind many of today’s exciting new technologies, including wireless communications, interactive multimedia, and high-speed computer networks. Computer engineers must have detailed knowledge of both hardware and software to design, build, and use complex information processing systems for a wide range of applications.

The objectives of the ECE undergraduate computer engineering program are to produce electrical engineering graduates who are prepared to:

  • Enter their profession and make intellectual contributions to it.
  • Embark on a lifelong career of personal and professional growth.
  • Take advanced courses at the graduate level.

Required Courses

Electrical Engineering Requirements (28)
ECE 100Introduction to the Profession I3
ECE 211Circuit Analysis I3
ECE 213Circuit Analysis II4
ECE 218Digital Systems4
ECE 242Digital Computers and Computing3
ECE 311Engineering Electronics4
ECE 441Microcomputers4
ECE 485Computer Organization and Design3
Computer Science Major Requirements (16)
CS 115Object-Oriented Programming I2
CS 116Object-Oriented Programming II2
CS 330Discrete Structures3
CS 331Data Structures and Algorithms3
CS 351Systems Programming3
CS 450Operating Systems3
Junior Computer Engineering Elective (3-4)
Select one of the following:3-4
Signals and Systems3
Electronic Circuits4
Fundamentals of Power Engineering4
Professional ECE Electives (6-8)
Select 6-8 credit hours6-8
Computer Systems/Software Elective (3-4)
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Computer Networks with Laboratory4
Introduction to Computer Networks3
Introduction to Computer Security4
Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Simulation3
Database Organization3
Software Engineering I3
Hardware-Design Elective (4)
ECE 429Introduction to VLSI Design4
or ECE 446 Advanced Logic Design
Mathematics Requirements (24)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Differential Equations4
MATH 374Probability and Statistics for Electrical and Computer Engineers3
MATH 333Matrix Algebra and Complex Variables3
or MATH 350 Introduction to Computational Mathematics
Physics Requirements (11)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 224General Physics III for Engineers3
Chemistry Requirement (3)
CHEM 122Principles of Chemistry I Without Laboratory3
Engineering Science Requirement (3)
MMAE 200Introduction to Mechanics3
or MMAE 320 Thermodynamics
Science Elective (3)
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Biology3
Introduction to Human Biology3
Principles of Chemistry II Without Laboratory3
Materials Science3
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Total Credit Hours131-135

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
ECE 1003MATH 1525
MATH 1515PHYS 1234
CHEM 1223CS 1162
CS 1152Social Sciences Elective3
Humanities 200-level Course3Science Elective13
 16 17
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MATH 2524MATH 2514
PHYS 2214PHYS 2243
ECE 2113ECE 2134
ECE 2184ECE 2423
CS 3313CS 3303
 18 17
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
ECE 3114CS 4503
CS 3513MATH 3743
MMAE 200 or 3203Junior CPE Elective23-4
MATH 333 or 3503IPRO Elective I3
Humanities Elective (300+)3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 16 15-16
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
ECE 4414IPRO Elective II3
ECE 48533Professional ECE Elective53-4
Computer Systems/Software Elective43-4ECE 429 or 4464
Professional ECE Elective53-4Humanities Elective (300+)3
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective 3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 16-18 16-17
Total Credit Hours: 131-135

Science elective must be BIOL 105, BIOL 114, CHEM 126, or MS 201.


Junior CPE elective:  Choose one of ECE 307, ECE 308, ECE 312, or ECE 319.


CS 470 may be substituted with adviser approval.


Computer systems/software elective: Choose one of ECE 407, ECE 408, ECE 443, ECE 449, CS 425, or CS 487.


Professional electives may be chosen from the 400-level ECE courses identified with a (P) in the course descriptions, and any 400-level computer science courses except CS 485. A maximum of 3 credit hours of Undergraduate Research (ECE 491) or Special Problems (ECE 497) may be used as a professional elective with adviser approval.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).