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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Computer Engineering

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (CENBD)

This major provides students with a strong foundation in computer engineering through a combination of classroom study, design projects, and laboratory experience. Analysis and design of computer hardware and software systems are stressed. Built upon a core of science and mathematics courses, this major has the objective of educating graduates to be problem solvers. Students acquire the ability to work as members of a team toward successful attainment of a common goal, preparing them for industry or further study in graduate school. In addition, written and oral communication skills are developed from an early stage, culminating in a senior design project that stresses communication as well as engineering content.

In addition to completing a broad-based science core in mathematics, chemistry and physics, students pursue their interest in computer engineering by studying principles in digital hardware design, computer architecture, computer software, microelectronics, and computer data communications. The student will be required to analyze and solve a significant computer engineering design problem during the senior year.

Entrance Requirement: In addition to the Carnegie unit and minimum GPA requirements described by University policies, all students applying for entrance to any of the engineering majors at Behrend College must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA by the end of the semester prior to applying for entrance to the major and have completed, with a minimum grade of C: CHEM 110 GN(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), and PHYSICS 211 GN(4). These courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the admission to major process is carried out.

For the B.S. degree in computer engineering, a minmum of 130 credits is required. Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300-and 400-level course in the major field.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(21 of the 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 1 credit

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 105 credits
(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GS courses)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (93 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
CMPEN 271(3)[1], CMPSC 121 GQ(3), CMPSC 122(3)[1], CMPSC 275(1)[1], CMPSC 360(3)[1], E E 210(4)[1], ENGL 202C GWS(3), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], MATH 220 GQ(2-3)[1], MATH 230(4)[1], MATH 250(3)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 1-4)
CMPEN 411(3)[1], CMPEN 352W(3)[1], CMPEN 371(3)[1], CMPEN 431(3)[1], CMPSC 465(3)[1], E E 310(4)[1], CMPEN 351(3)[1], E E 352(4)[1], STAT 301(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
CMPEN 461(3)[1], CMPEN 441(3)[1], CMPEN 480(3)[1], CMPEN 481(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
ECON 102 GS(3) or ECON 104 GS(3) (Sem: 1-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits of technical elective courses from school-approved list. (Sem: 7-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-4.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2001

Blue Sheet Item #: 29-01-016

Review Date: 01/17/02

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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