Major in computer enginering
Computer engineers design, develop, implement, test, and manage computing systems (both hardware and software) and networks. As a computer engineer, you may work as a designer, researcher, scientist, educator, consultant, entrepreneur, executive, public official, or in the military. Computer engineers work in a variety of fields, such as aerospace, automotive, biomedical, communications, consumer electronics, medicine, power, and space.
Computer engineering is a rapidly growing discipline—and is also one of the highest-paid engineering fields. As a computer engineering major, you'll be prepared to meet the changing high-technology needs of industry and to continue with graduate studies.
The bachelor's degree program in computer engineering also offers a concentration in cybersecurity: the application of measures to protect computers and computer systems from unauthorized access and attack.
Ideas & logic become tools for progress
The computer engineering program graduates students who excel in applications engineering & team leadership.
- Dell EMC
- Electric Boat/General Dynamics
- Naval Undersea Warfare Center
- EMC Corporation
- General Dynamics
- Lockheed Martin
- Naval Underwater Warfare Center (NUWC)
Our program prepares you for this evolving field by providing a strong background in science, mathematics, and engineering.
Your computer engineering courses will include programming, circuits, digital design, electronics, operating systems, algorithms, and computer networks. You can also choose from technical electives such as integrated circuits, computer architecture, wireless sensor networks, wireless communications, multimedia communications, database systems, network security, and dependable computing. During your final year, you will complete a senior design project that provides real-world experience and is defined by current industry needs.
For the BS in computer engineering, you'll complete 56 credits in computer and electrical engineering courses and a total of 125 credits overall.
Dual major in Electrical & Computer Engineering: Prepare to meet a broad range of challenges in the ever-changing high-tech fields of electrical and computer engineering by earning dual bachelor's degrees.
Concentration in Cybersecurity: the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering offers a concentration in cybersecurity: the application of measures to protect computers and computer systems from unauthorized access and attack.
A minor in computer engineering gives you the opportunity to specialize in areas such as computer architecture, computer networks, database systems, and digital circuits. For the minor, you'll complete 20.5 to 25 credits.
- Experience: participate in co-op and internship programs to gain valuable experience with regional industries, often while also earning money for college
- Community: join organizations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Association for Computing Machinery, the Electrical and Computer Engineers National Honor Society, the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and Engineers Without Borders
- New initiatives: collaborate, create, and explore at our IDEAStudio and the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research
UMassD's undergraduate experiences include:
with advanced study
- Accelerated BS/MS Program: This program enables qualified BS degree students to complete both the BS and the MS degrees in 5 years.
- MS in Electrical Engineering: Expand your career options with a master's degree in computer engineering.
- PhD in Electrical Engineering: Our doctoral program offers options in electrical engineering and computer engineering.
- Graduate Certificates: The department also offers certificate programs for working professionals.