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 100Intro to the Profession I3
ECE 211Circuit Analysis I3
ECE 213Circuit Analysis II4
ECE 218Digital Systems4
ECE 242Digital Computers&Computing3
ECE 311Engineering Electronics4
ECE 441Microcomputers/Embedded Comp4
ECE 485Computer Organization & 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 Systems3
Fndmntls of Power Engrn4
Professional ECE Electives (6-8)
Select six to eight credit hours6-8
Computer Systems/Software Elective (3-4)
Select one of the following:3-4
Intro Comp Ntwks with Lab4
Intro to Computer Ntwks3
Intro Computer Cyber Security4
Obj-Orntd Cmptr Sim3
Database Organization3
Software Engineering3
Hardware-Design Elective (4)
ECE 429Intro to VLSI Design4
or ECE 446 Advanced Logic Design
Mathematics Requirements (24)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate & Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Diff Equations4
MATH 374Probability/Statistics for ECE3
MATH 333Matrix Alg & Complex Variables3
or MATH 350 Intro to Computational Mathe
Physics Requirements (11)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221Gen Physics II: Elect&Magntism4
PHYS 224Gen Physics III for Engnrs3
Chemistry Requirement (3)
CHEM 122Principles of Chem I w/out Lab3
Engineering Science Requirement (3)
MMAE 200Statics3
or MMAE 320 Thermodynamics
Science Elective (3)
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Biology3
Introduction to Human Biology3
Principles Chemistry II3
Materials Science3
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section E6
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements (21)
See Illinois Tech 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

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