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Program at a Glance

College of Engineering and Computer Science
Electrical & Computer Engr
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Integrate Hardware and Software Engineering to Produce Efficient Systems

As a computer engineering major, you’ll explore ways to improve the underlying digital hardware, computing networks, and production software systems that impact our everyday lives. Your work will help advance our society, covering areas such as computer systems design, mobile and embedded computing devices, sensor networks, reconfigurable logic, software engineering and machine intelligence applications.

Computer engineering coursework focuses on the tradeoff of execution throughput compared to hardware/software/energy costs of all types of computers from portable embedded devices and miniature sensor nodes, up through supercomputers. You’ll learn from renowned faculty that have been engaged in cutting-edge research and have an opportunity to pursue undergraduate research in your area of interest with these faculty. Additionally, courses provide hands-on learning where you can apply what you’ve learned to real-world situations.

Upon graduating, you’ll be ready to seek employment from top industry employers in roles including computer engineer, software engineer, database/systems administrator, computer specialist, among others.

Comprehensive Track
Cover fundamental computer engineering concepts. You’ll be exposed to key areas in the discipline, including embedded processing, operating systems, object oriented programming, computer networks, FPGA Design, computer organization and architecture, etc. The technical electives can be selected to provide more depth in one or more areas of computer engineering. Graduates find employment in companies such as Lockheed-Martin, Siemens, Microsoft, Google, Intel, Apple, TI, as well as many other regional, national, or international companies. Also, opportunities exist for employment in state and federal government agencies.

Digital VLSI Circuits Track
Choose from a wide range of technical elective courses such as embedded systems and hardware-software co-design, microarchitecture and memory design for performance, VLSI testing and fault tolerant computing, design of ultra-low power circuits and systems and the mechanisms for computing systems, and data acquisition. You’ll graduate with more depth of knowledge in the area of VLSI systems and digital circuit design. After graduation, pursue a graduate degree or find employment in companies such as Lockheed-Martin, Intel, TI, Apple, as well as many other regional, national or international companies. Also, opportunities exist for employment in state and federal government agencies.

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UCF is ranked No. 79 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF as the No. 71 Best Engineering School in the nation.
The job outlook for computer engineering grads is expected to grow 14% over the next decade.
The average annual salary of computer engineering grads is $101,000.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

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Course Overview

Engineering Analysis and Computation

Explore engineering analysis and computation with structured constructs. Subscripted variables, functions, input/output. Applications in embedded systems and examples in numerical methods.

Learn problem solving techniques, order analysis and notation, abstract data types and recursion. The second course covers algorithm design and analysis for tree, list, set and graph data models; algorithmic strategies and applications, and algorithmic complexity analysis; sorting and searching; practical applications.

Apply engineering design to realistic and meaningful problems. Constraints such as economic factors, safety, reliability, aesthetics, ethics, social impact and engineering organizations are considered. In the second course, you’ll execute an electrical and computer engineering project. This includes complete project design review, construction, testing and demonstration. Emphasis on design, prototyping, cost, functionality, presentation, team effort and final report.

Computer Engineering Skills You’ll Learn

  • Gain a solid background in mathematics, physical sciences, electrical and computer engineering.
  • Understand how to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems.
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.
  • Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives.
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

Career Opportunities

  • Computer Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer or Programmer
  • Computer and Information Systems Analyst
  • Database/Systems Administrator
  • Computer Specialist
  • Computer Hardware Engineer

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