Computer Engineering Bachelor of Science
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Does the design and operation of electrical and computer systems fascinate you? Do you like problem solving and are interested in designing practical solutions to real world problems? Do you have a strong interest in math and the physical sciences? How about designing or fabricating the next generation of microprocessor chips? Does your bedroom look like the inside of an electronics store? If your answer to any of these questions is "yes," then a major in Computer Engineering may be for you.

Engineering is the art of applying science to create things that benefit people. Approximately two million engineers work in the United States. Electrical and Computer Engineering are those branches of engineering that involve making things that use electricity, specifically, the field covers hardware, software, and the interaction between them. Computer engineers may be involved in the development of microprocessors, computers, workstations, the servers and switches that support the internet, and in the implementation of the hardware and protocols that support the telecommunications network. Computer Engineers design and implement real-time operating systems and software tools for designing integrated circuits. Computer engineers are also responsible for the realization of microprocessor chips that control computers and other electronic hardware.

Computer engineering students develop a solid foundation in math and physics. The electrical engineering core comprises the bulk of courses. Students achieve advanced and in-depth understanding in a number of technical areas; develop proficiency in critical workplace skills; obtain hands-on experience in laboratory experimentation and data analysis; and use a broad range of software tools for analysis and design. State-of-the-art laboratory facilities provide students with an in-depth understanding of the concepts learned in class. The senior design project is conducted in a team setting under the direct guidance of a faculty member and includes written and oral presentations.

Graduates of the program will be academically well prepared with technical knowledge and creative skills to enter the industrial workplace as well as pursue advanced degrees. In particular, they will be proficient in open-ended problem solving and in engineering design. This will be accomplished by ensuring that our students achieve the following specific objectives:

* Gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of electrical engineering,

* Achieve advanced and in-depth understanding in a number of technical areas within the discipline,

* Develop proficiency in critical workplace skills including teamwork, oral and written
communication, and independent learning, and

* Become skilled in hands-on laboratory experimentation and data analysis, and in the use of a broad range of software tools for analysis and design.


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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Intrigued by designing electrical devices
* Enjoys experimentation and data analysis
* Possesses strong interest and aptitude for math and the physical sciences
* Demonstrates innovation and logical thinking
* Able to draw information from multiple sources
* Exudes strong problem solving ability
* Works effectively with a team and independently
* Values accuracy and precision
* Exercises good written and verbal communication skills

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
Computer engineers design, develop and supervise the manufacture of electrical, electronic and computer systems or components. Engineers also test new equipment/systems, write performance requirements, develop maintenance schedules and solve operating problems. Computer engineers work in the following fields: digital electronics, digital systems and signal processing, microelectronics, computers, controls, computers and computer networks, optical electronics, semiconductors, antennas, and radar.

Colorado State University engineering graduates are well prepared for a professional career with a greater than 90% pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering professional exam. With electrical engineering being the largest engineering profession, the fastest growing, graduates readily find employment in many fields of industry, education, government, and service. Students may enhance their employment opportunities by completing a minor in computer science, mathematics, or physics. Participation in internships, volunteer activities, or cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance your practical training and development. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels. Career occupations include but are not limited to:
* Computer engineer
* Electrical test engineer
* Integrated circuit layout designer
* Biomedical engineer
* Computer programmer
* Electronics research engineer
* Production manager
* Specification writer
* Internet designer
* Aerospace engineer

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
* Etta Kappa Nu (HKN)
* Tau Beta Pi Honor Society
* Engineering College Council
* Society of Women Engineers
* Society of Black Engineers and Scientists
* Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
* American Indian Science and Engineering Society

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
104 Engineering Building
1373 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1373
970-491-6600
http://www.engr.colostate.edu/ece
* Academic advising/Major exploration


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Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA)
TILT Building
801 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1033
970-491-7095
http://www.casa.colostate.edu
* Academic advising/Major exploration


The Career Center
120 Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
http://career.colostate.edu
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Office of Admissions and Undergraduate Recruitment
105 Ammons Hall
8008 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-8008
970-491-6909
http://www.admissions.colostate.edu
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General Catalog Online
http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/

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