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Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering Major

The Computer Engineering program provides a background in three broad areas: computer hardware, software, and hardware-software integration. Fundamental computer topics included in the program are microprocessors, embedded systems, computer architecture, digital systems, data communications and other related computing material. In addition, the program includes core engineering subjects that are common to all engineering disciplines and basic university studies in humanities and social science. The Computer Engineering program at NDSU is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET .

Major Requirements

Major: Computer Engineering

Degree Type: B.S.Cpr.E.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 126

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
UNIV 189Skills For Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take UNIV 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
Select one of the following:3
Business and Professional Writing
Writing in the Technical Professions
Writing in the Sciences
Researching and Writing Grants and Proposal
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R):
MATH 165Calculus I4
Science & Technology (S):
CHEM 121General Chemistry I3
CHEM 121LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory1
or PHYS 251L University Physics I Laboratory
CSCI 161Computer Science II (This course is approved for computer engineering only)4
PHYS 251University Physics I4
Humanities & Fine Arts (A): Select from current general education list6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B): Select from current general education list6
Wellness (W): Select from current general education list2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspectives (G): Select from current general education list
Total Credits43

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements40
Computer Engineering Core Requirements
ECE 111Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering3
ECE 173Introduction to Computing *3
ECE 275Digital Design *4
ECE 320Electronics I3
ECE 341Random Processes3
ECE 343Signals & Systems4
ECE 374Computer Organization4
ECE 376Embedded Systems4
ECE 401Design I (capstone)1
ECE 403Design II (capstone)2
ECE 405Design III (capstone)3
ECE 474Computer Architecture3
ECE 475Advanced Digital Design4
Math Courses Required
MATH 129Basic Linear Algebra *2
MATH 166Calculus II *4
MATH 265Calculus III (w/ vectors) *4
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations *3
CSCI Courses Required
CSCI 161Computer Science II4
CSCI 222Discrete Mathematics3
CSCI 413Principles of Software Engineering3
CSCI 459Foundations of Computer Networks3
CSCI 474Operating Systems Concepts3
Other Courses Required
EE 206Circuit Analysis I *4
ENGR 402Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibility1
ECE ElectivesSelect 6 cr. of ECE 400 level electives (excluding 494 and 496); may include CSCI 4676
Includes the cross listed courses of ECE/IME 427; ECE/IME 429; ECE/PHYS 411; & ECE/PHYS 411L
Tech Electives: Select 6 credits from the following:6
Theoretical Computer Science II
Database Systems
Comparative Programming Languages
CSCI xx04
(Any CSCI 400 level didactic course)
Circuit Analysis II
Electronics II
Applied Electromagnetics
ECE xx04
(Any ECE 400 level didactic course)
Individual Study
Field Experience (max. of 3 cr.)
Entrepreneurship for Engineers and Scientists
Engineering Economy
Program and Project Management
Evaluation of Engineering Data
Operations Research I
University Physics II
Total Credits126

No grade less than a C accepted in these courses.

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A student must complete at least 60 semester credits of professional level course work in his/her program while in residence and enrolled in the college.  Students transferring into the college from programs with professional accreditation are exempt from this residency requirement but are subject to the residency requirement of NDSU.
  • Transfer Students – Transfer courses with grades less than ‘C’ in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and any type of engineering class will not be accepted as a major requirement.
  • In order to graduate, an ECE student must have at least a 2.0 GPA in all required EE and ECE courses taken at NDSU.  Elective ECE courses are not included in this GPA requirement.
  • All Students – Students are required to attain a grade of ‘C’ or better in ECE 173 Introduction to Computing, ECE 275 Digital Design, EE 206 Circuit Analysis I, and all required MATH courses.