Computer Engineering is an exciting field that spans topics in both electrical engineering and computer science. Students learn and practice the design and analysis of computer systems, including both hardware and software aspects and their integration. Careers in computer engineering are as wide and varied as computer systems themselves, which range from embedded computer systems found in consumer products or medical devices, to control systems for automobiles, aircraft, and trains, to more wide-ranging applications in telecommunications, financial transactions, and information systems.
A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook states that “very favorable opportunities” (more numerous job openings compared to job seekers) can be expected for college graduates with at least a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. It also projects an employment increase of over 21% by 2010 for occupations available to graduates with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. More details can be obtained from www.bls.gov/oco.
Program Objectives Graduates of the Computer Engineering program at the University of Virginia will have the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will allow them to make tangible contributions, meet new technical challenges, contribute effectively as team members, and be innovators in computer hardware, software, design, analysis and applications. They will communicate effectively and interact responsibly with colleagues, clients, employers and society.
Faculties from the Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering departments jointly administer the computer engineering undergraduate degree program at the University of Virginia.
In order to major in computer engineering, a formal application must be submitted and approved by the Computer Engineering Curriculum Committee. An application form and a description of acceptance policies can be found at www.cpe.virginia.edu.
Computer engineering majors must maintain a C average or better in their computer science and electrical engineering courses.