Begin Date: Spring Semester 1999
End Date: Summer Session 1999
PROFESSOR DALE A. MILLER, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Computer Engineering is concerned with the analysis, design, and application of computer systems. It includes VLSI, logic circuit design, microprocessors, computer architectures, operating systems, programming languages, data bases, and various computer applications, including pattern recognition, computer vision, and artificial intelligence. Computers play a vital role in almost every branch of science, engineering, and business applications. Analysis and design of computer hardware, software, and their tradeoffs are important to the manufacturing of efficient and well-engineered computer systems for these applications.
The curriculum proceeds from a freshman year based on science and mathematics common to all engineering students to a core of computer engineering courses that extends through the senior year. The sophomore/junior core provides background and breadth in engineering science and design with the design experience beginning in a sophomore logic design course and laboratory and culminating in a senior-level project design course. A few elective courses are available during the senior year so students may add depth in their area of specialization, although these electives must include a selection from each of the areas of hardware, software, and laboratory-intensive courses. Students with appropriate preparation in mathematics, science, and social-humanistic courses may enter the program at the junior year with minimal or no delay in completing the requirements for the B.S. in Computer Engineering. Graduates of the program enter professional careers as computer engineers or go on for advanced study at the graduate level.
For the B.S. degree in Computer Engineering, a minimum of 129 credits is required.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(21 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin. Note: The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) does not permit the use of skills courses to satisfy the Arts category of General Education.)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 105-106 credits
(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)
PRESCRIBED COURSES (75 credits)
CHEM 012 GN(3), 014 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4), 141 GQ(4), PHYS 201 GN(4), 202 GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
CSE 120(3), 260(3), 271(3), 275(1), E E 210(4), MATH 220 GQ(2), 231(2), 250(3), PHYS 203 GN(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CSE 312(3), 331(3), 465(3), E E 310(4), 317(3), ENGL 202C GWS(3), STAT 418(3) (Sem: 5-6)
CSE 411(3), 428(3), 430W(3) (Sem: 7-8)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (24-25 credits)
CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or CSE 103 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
ECON 002 GS(3) or 004 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Students must select 18 credits from program-approved lists: one course each from groups a, b, and c and 3 additional courses from lists a, b, and c (must include a minimum of 3 credits of engineering science and 2 credits of engineering design) (Sem: 5-8)
a. CSE 413(3), 418(3), 431(3), 458(3), 471(3)
b. CSE 412(3), 447(3), 477(3)
c. CSE 421(3), 441W(3), 481(3), 485(3), 486(3)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
(Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.)
Select 6 additional credits (Theses credits may include co-op credits, additional credits from courses listed under additional courses, or other credits with approval of the program office.)
 A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
The Pennsylvania State University ©1998
The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.
Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 1999
Blue sheet Item #: 27-02-035
Review Date: 6/3/99