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2011-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Computer Engineering (B.S.Cmp.E.)

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Program: B.S.Cmp.E.
Department of Engineering
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building 327 ~ 260-481-6362 ~ engr.ipfw.edu

Mission and Objectives


Our mission is to support the needs of Northeast Indiana through education, scholarship and service. We are committed to providing quality educational opportunities to both traditional and non-traditional students and seek to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and experience to pursue productive engineering careers. Our faculty is also dedicated to excellence in scholarship and service to the community and the profession.

Educational Objectives

As a framework for the continuous improvement policy, the department has adopted a set of program objectives that describe the anticipated accomplishments of our graduates 3-5 years after graduation. Our educational objectives are to produce graduates who:

  • are prepared for successful careers in industry, particularly to meet the needs of the Northeast Indiana region.
  • are proficient in the synthesis process, with an emphasis on product and system design.
  • are able to work as part of a team on multi-disciplinary projects.
  • exhibit a sound foundation in the mathematical, scientific and engineering fundamentals necessary to solve engineering problems and to pursue graduate study.
  • demonstrate ethical responsibility and are aware of the need for professional registration and lifelong learning.


The student learning outcomes for the computer engineering degree are as follows:

  • Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in chemistry, mathematics, physics, and engineering
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to identify, formulate, and solve computer engineering problems
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to design, perform, and simulate experiments, to analyze data, and to interpret results
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to design a computer system, component, or process that meets desired specifications and requirements
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to function on engineering and science laboratory teams as well as on multidisciplinary design teams
  • Graduates will use modern engineering tools to analyze computer engineering problems
  • Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Graduates will communicate effectively in both verbal and written forms
  • Graduates will have the confidence for self education and the ability for lifelong learning. They will have a broad education to understand the impact of engineering on society and demonstrate awareness of contemporary issues

Computer engineers design, develop, and manage systems that process, store, and transmit information. These systems include personal computers, workstations, mainframe computers, computer networks, and all of their various components. Computer engineers are particularly involved in the design and development of “embedded” computers used in aircraft, automobiles, communication systems, biomedical instruments, industrial robots, and household appliances. Designing these systems raises both hardware and software issues; a computer engineer typically has the hardware background of an electrical engineer and the software background of a computer scientist. Computer engineers can choose to specialize in areas such as very large scale integrated (VLSI) systems design, embedded systems, electronic design automation and networks, and communications. IPFW offers state of-the-art knowledge in all areas of computer engineering such as computer architecture, software engineering, and robotics.  In addition to traditional classes, our curriculum includes an innovative set of common first-year courses, integrated design experiences, hands-on laboratories, and a two-semester capstone project in which students design, build, and test a device.

Degree Requirements

To earn the B.S.Comp.E. at IPFW, you must satisfy the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ) and the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (see Part 4 ); you must also complete the following courses:

IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 36

Area II—Natural and Physical Sciences Credits: 9

Area III—The Individual, Culture, and Society Credits: 6

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area IV—Humanistic Thought Credits: 6

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area V—Creative and Artistic Expression Credits: 2

Required Mechanical Engineering Courses Credits: 3

Technical Elective Courses Credits: 12

Total Credits: 128

GPA Requirement

All engineering & technical elective courses must have a combined minimum GPA of 2.0

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