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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

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

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

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


Computer Engineering is the engineering discipline that deals with the design and application of computer systems.  These computer systems range in size from tiny embedded processors to massive database and network servers. IPFW offers a four-year computer engineering undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.

Computer engineers have a broad technical background, covering both hardware (equipment) and software (programs). These two aspects of computer systems are inseparable: software cannot operate without hardware; without software, computer hardware can perform no useful function. In system design, it is often necessary to assign functions to hardware and software components, based on cost and performance criteria.

Our students, while drawn from diverse backgrounds, are all extremely able and committed to learning. IPFW delivers an exceptional educational experience to engineering students, encouraging collaboration and teamwork throughout the curriculum.

Student Learning Outcomes

As a framework for the continuous improvement policy, the Computer Engineering program has adopted a set of program educational objectives that describe the anticipated accomplishments of our graduates 3 - 5 years after graduation.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCmpE) program educational objectives are to produce graduates who:

  1. Function and communicate effective to solve technical problems
  2. Advance professionally to roles of greater computer engineering responsibilities and/or by transitioning into leadership positions in business, government, and/or education
  3. Participate in life-long learning through the successful completion of advanced degree(s), continuous education, and/or engineering certification(s)/licensure or other professional development
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to community by applying technical skills and knowledge to support various service activities

The graduates from the Computer Engineering program will demonstrate that they have:

a. An ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering

b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c. An ability to design computer systems, components, or processes to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health & safety, manufacturability and sustainability

d. An ability to function as a team member on engineering projects, laboratory experiments, and/or multidisciplinary activities

e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve electrical engineering problems

f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g. An ability to communicate effectively

h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning

j. A broad knowledge of contemporary issues

k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for electrical engineering practice


The Computer Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program Delivery

The BSCmpE program is delivered primarily through on-campus courses; however, some of the required General Education courses are available as hybrid and/or on-line courses and those can be used to satisfy the program requirements.

Declaring This Major

Students interested in declaring Computer Engineering as their major may do so in one of two ways:

  1. On their application when they first apply to IPFW
  2. After meeting with an ECE faculty advisor, who will determine that the student has the required math and chemistry background to begin our program

Program Requirements

In order to start in the Computer Engineering program, a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Math Placement at or above MA 15400
  2. Have taken CHM 11100 or 1 year of high school chemistry in the last five (5) years

General Education Requirements

The IPFW General Education Requirements for the Computer Engineering program is provided below. This plan satisfies the competency requirements and the credit hour requirement.

A 1 ENG W131 Elementary Composition 3
A 2 COM 11400 Fundamentals of Speech 3
A 3 MA 16500 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I 4
    MA 16600 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II 4
B 4 CHM 11500 General Chemistry I 4
    PHYS 15200 Mechanics 5
B 5 Select from the list of approved courses 3
    (all Competency 5 outcomes must be met)  
B 6 Select from the list of approved courses 3
    (all Competency 6 outcomes must be met)  
B 7 PHYS 25100 Heat, Electricity and Optics 5
C 8 ECE 40500 Senior Design I 3
  1. For B 5 and B 6, if a student selected a course that does not meet ALL outcomes for that competency, he/she must take another course that meets rest of the outcomes for that competency.
  2. All courses used to complete the General Education Requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Major and Supporting Courses Required for the BSCmpE

Technical Elective Requirements

All Computer Engineering students must take at least three (3) credit hours from the list of Group I Technical Electives, and at least ten (10) credit hours from either the Group I or Group II Technical Elective lists.

Group I Technical Electives

BSCmpE students must take at least one (1) course from the list of Group I Technical Electives given below:

Group II Technical Electives

GPA Requirement

All engineering and technical elective courses used to satsfy any BSCmpE degree requirements must have a combined minimum GPA of 2.0

Student Responsibilities

All Computer Engineering students are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for the BSCmpE program. Thus, it is essential that they develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing their academic career.

All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

Total Credits Required: 120

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