Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering: It's more than coding

In our hyper-connected world, computer engineers are the smart thinkers behind today’s smart devices and systems. They hold the key to understanding, advancing, and protecting the security of next generation technologies. 

Affording a big picture view of how technology works, computer engineers look at the interplay between hardware and software to create solutions that benefit society.  

Computer engineering student Ram Rohit is interning for Tesla, bringing him one step closer to his dream career in the transportation field.

$119,560

Median Salary for Computer Engineers - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Computer engineers are in high demand across a broad range of industries. Your knowledge will allow you to make difference in a fulfilling career, while earning a high paying salary.

Coursework

With coursework designed to help you understand, advance, and protect the security of next generation technologies, our professors will arm you with knowledge to drive innovation, whether creating an elegant device that fits in the palm of your hand or optimizing a colossal system to manage and move data.

While our undergraduate program gives you the option to keep your studies broad, you may also specialize in one of the following concentrations: 

Aerospace engineering is a broad and dynamic field that centers on the design, construction, and science behind aircraft and spacecraft. Intended for undergraduate computer engineering majors, the aerospace concentration offers students a computer engineering degree foundation and specialized training in the aerospace discipline. Coursework will focus on applications of key computer engineering principles in the areas of computer systems, programming, deep-space communications, robotics, flight avionics, and more. These courses will enable and encourage students to solve complex engineering problems in aerospace such as improved safety-critical hardware design, real-time software programming, satellite communications, and remote sensing methods. Computer engineering students concentrating in aerospace will experience first-hand the necessity of their major in innovating new solutions to support humanity’s ascent to the stars. 

Approaching innovation from a holistic perspective is key to advancing our hyper-connected world. The interdisciplinary Embedded and IoT (Internet-of-Things) Computing Systems concentration takes a bird’s eye view of computer engineering to help students understand how electronic devices, software, and networks function together to enable end-to-end solutions. Take a smart home, for example. Rather than designing one aspect of the solution, such as the temperature sensors on a thermostat, this concentration will help students design and optimize software and hardware technologies across the entire spectrum to enable an integrated, smart system. Centering on the science and design of both hardware and software for computing systems across applications ranging from medical imaging tools to wearable electronic devices, students will work on complex engineering problems such as improving energy-efficiency in mobile devices, integrating artificial intelligence into computing platforms, and developing solutions for reliability and security in safety critical applications. Coursework focuses on applications of key computer engineering principles in the areas of computer architecture, embedded systems, IoT, machine learning, computer security, software algorithms, and more.

Networking is a rapidly evolving field that focuses on the ubiquitous connectivity of people, machines, and things. Whether shopping online, using GPS navigation, or connecting with friends on social media, our online activities are on the rise – and we are straining our technology infrastructure with the mind-boggling amounts of data we generate every day.  Combining topics from electrical engineering, computer science, and mathematics, this concentration will teach students how to optimize and bolster network systems that process the ever-growing volume of data we produce through our high-tech gadgets and applications.  Experiencing first-hand the innovative technologies that fuel the digital information revolution, students will work on complex engineering problems, such as emerging 5G/6G networks, deep-space communication, Internet of Things, and social networks.  The concentration offers an electrical and computer engineering foundation with specialized training in the networks field. Coursework focuses on applications of key engineering principles in the areas of digital systems, communication systems, robotics, embedded systems, cybersecurity and more.  

Very large-scale integration, or VLSI, is the process used to design and create computer chips that enable everything from smart watches to virtual reality applications. This concentration offers students a foundation in computer engineering with specialized training in the VLSI and microelectronics disciplines. VLSI focuses on developing advanced electronic circuits and systems to compute massive amounts of data and turn it into meaningful information. For example, when sensors on self-driving cars collect data to assess the vehicle’s surroundings, such as lane markings, pedestrians, and road signs, VLSI provides the “smarts” to turn that sensing data into actionable insights to control the car. Coursework in this concentration focuses on applications of key computer engineering principles in the areas of digital systems, computer-aided design, integrated circuits, embedded systems and microelectronics, computer networks, and more. These courses will enable and encourage students to design, analyze, optimize, and implement components, circuits, and systems that are essential in our daily lives.

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Drive innovation. Make an impact beyond your computer screen.

Innovation is the underpinning of computer engineering. Have an interest in robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks, or data science? With computer engineering at the heart of these disciplines, we will arm you with knowledge and skills to drive what’s next in virtually any field.

Range of Computer Engineering Industry Sectors

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Computer Engineering vs. Computer Science vs. Electrical Engineering

Solving society’s most pressing challenges requires insights from multiple disciplines. Electrical engineers, computer engineers, and computer scientists all play a vital role in helping shape a better world – and there is considerable overlap between the disciplines.

Computer engineering takes a holistic view of innovation. Computer engineers are well versed in computational theory and electrical engineering principles, allowing them to understand the interplay between hardware and software to drive new technologies.

Electrical engineers develop solutions closest to the physical world, or the end-product. They are the brains behind the physical devices and hardware that enable everything from biomedical imaging tools to satellite sensors.

Computer scientists understand the coding and software that underpin new technologies but are further removed from the physical design of next-generation devices or systems. Computer engineers often serve as a bridge between EE and CS to enable cutting-edge solutions because of their big picture understanding of all three fields.

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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University is built on innovation, creativity, and impact.