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(Archive) Computer Engineering (CENBD)

Begin Date: Summer Session 1998
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Computer Engineering (CENBD) - (ARCHIVE)

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.

After completing a broad-based science core in mathematics, chemistry, and physics, students pursue their interest in computer engineering by studying principles in digital circuits, computer programming, computer hardware design, microprocessors, operating systems, VLSI design, and data communications. Design is the central skill required of engineers to be effective problem solvers, and it is taught through repeated practice. Design experience in the computer engineering program is developed by introducing the various elements and features of design throughout the program. Students are exposed to design elements repeatedly and at different levels of complexity. By the time the student reaches the senior design projects course, he or she should have an adequate understanding of the design process. Successful completion of the senior design project requires the student to integrate all aspects of design.

For the B.S. degree in computer engineering, a minimum of 130 credits is required. A student enrolled in this major must earn a grade of C or better in all 300- and 400-level courses.

COMPUTER ENGINEERING MINOR: This program of study provides graduates with a strong background in computer engineering. Upon completion of the minor, graduates will have developed an understanding of the operation and design of computers. This objective is accomplished through a combination of classroom study, computer-related projects, and laboratory experience. Analysis and design of computer hardware and software systems are stressed. The program requires completion of mandatory courses in analog and digital circuits, microprocessors, transistor logic, and computer programming. Students complete the minor by selecting technical electives in computer hardware and software engineering.

Students must take E E 210(4), EE BD 324(4), 421(3); CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or 201F GQ(3); CSE 271(3) and 275(1) or EE BD 325(4); select 6 credits from CENBD 431(3), 451W(3), 453(3), 455(3), 461(3), 463(3), 465(3), 467(3), or EE BD 422(3), for a total of 24 credits (at least 6 credits must be at the 400 level. Students must receive a grade of C or better in all courses required for the minor.

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

(21 of the 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)


(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)

CHEM 012 GN(3), 014 GN(1) (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], 141 GQ(4)[1], 220 GQ(2)[1], 230(4)[1], 250(3)[1], PHYS 201 GN(4), 202 GN(4)[1], 203 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CSE 120(3), 260(3), E E 210(4), ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CENBD 431(3), 451W(3), 453(3), CMPBD 410(3), EE BD 322(3), 324(4), 326(4), 421(3), STABD 303(3) (Sem: 5-6)
CENBD 455(3), 463(3), 481(3), EE BD 480(3) (Sem: 7-8)

CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or 201F GQ(3); ECON 002 GS(3) or 004 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CSE 271(3)[1], 275(1)[1]; or EE BD 325(4) (Sem 2-4)
Select 3 credits of EE BD courses from EE BD 323(3), 410(3), 425W(4), 427(3), 431(3), 471(3), 473(3) (Sem: 7-8)

Select 6 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 82-44.

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: Summer Session 1998

Blue Sheet Item #: 26-04-053

Review Date: 6/8/99 (General Education Update)


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