New technologies like tablets, smartphones, and connected devices have fundamentally changed how people interact with computers. DigiPen’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering degree focuses on the hardware and software that make these interactions possible.
You’ll study advanced coursework in electrical engineering and low-level programming, along with project-based courses that will allow you to conceive, design, prototype, build, and test embedded systems — electronic devices with a built-in microcontroller or microprocessor. As a graduate, you will have a strong technological background, as well as communication and teamwork skills. You’ll be prepared for a wide range of careers, from software to hardware, automotive to aerospace, and video games to medical devices.
The BS in Computer Engineering prepares students to become engineers who understand both sides of the hardware-software interface, from designing circuits to developing operating systems.
Who Should Pursue This Degree?
One aspect that sets DigiPen’s computer engineering program apart from most other undergraduate programs is that team projects begin in the first semester and are required throughout the program — not just the final one or two semesters. As a result, graduates come away with a strong technological background, as well as communication and teamwork skills that are essential for professional engineers. Computer engineering students at DigiPen also have the advantage of small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio. Moreover, students are accepted directly into the BS in Computer Engineering program and do not have to compete to enter the program after admission, which is the case at many other institutions.
As a BS in Computer Engineering student, your daily coursework will involve a combination of math, physics, computer science, and electrical and computer engineering. Starting with the principles of computing and electrical circuits, you’ll quickly work your way toward studying advanced topics and creating your own electronic systems and devices using embedded microprocessors and microcontrollers. Throughout the program, you’ll team up with your classmates on collaborative engineering projects.
What are Embedded Systems?
Embedded systems can be found within any device that uses a microprocessor or microcontroller to control a specific function. These systems are becoming increasingly ubiquitous within a wide array of everyday household and industrial applications, such as smartphones, televisions, portable and console game systems, automobiles and automotive devices, robots, electronic toys, digital cameras, audio/video component systems, smart appliances, and more.
The BS in Computer Engineering degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Learn more at www.abet.org.
In order to apply for the BS in Computer Science program, you should have a strong foundation in math, science, and problem-solving. You’ll need to have completed precalculus (or its equivalent) prior to attending DigiPen.