Aug 18, 2022  
Undergraduate Record 2020-2021 
    
Undergraduate Record 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Computer Engineering


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Computer Engineering (www.cpe.virginia.edu) is an exciting field in which students learn and practice the development of hardware and software systems that work together to solve a problem or achieve a goal.  Computer engineers often develop embedded computer systems that interact with the world through sensors and provide direct control of some physical entity.  Computer engineering students have 24/7 access to our embedded systems and robotics lab which contains bench equipment for logic and signal analysis and a collection of embedded system development platforms and equipment from National Instruments (myRIO, myDAQ, Elvis), Texas Instruments (MSP430 Launchpad and custom header boards), Aldebaran (Nao robot), Kobuki (turtlebot), and Altrea (FPGA development board).  State-of-the-art bench equipment is also available for printed circuit board development and evaluation in the ECE project lab, to which computer engineers also have access.

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 24% over the next 6 years for occupations available to graduates with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. More details can be obtained from www.bls.gov/ooh.

Program Objectives Graduates of the Computer Engineering program at the University of Virginia have the knowledge, skills and attitudes that 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 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.

Computer Engineering Curriculum (128 credits)


Second Semester Credits: 17


  • Science/Math elective  Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 2 below)
  • HSS elective Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 1 below)

Third Semester Credits: 17


  • HSS elective Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 1 below)

Fourth Semester Credits: 16


Sixth Semester Credits: 16.5


  • CS/ECE elective Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 4 below)
  • HSS elective Credits: 3 
    (See Footnote 1 below)

Seventh Semester Credits: 16.5


  • CS/ECE elective Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 4 below)
  • Unrestricted elective Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 3 below)

Eighth Semester Credits: 15


  • CS/ECE elective Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 4 below)
  • Unrestricted elective Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 3 below)
  • Unrestricted elective Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 3 below)

Footnotes


(1) Chosen from the approved list available in A122 Thornton Hall.
(2) Chosen from: among BIOL 2100, 2200; CHEM 1420; approved APMA course; MSE 2090; and PHYS 2620.
(3) Unrestricted electives may be chosen from any graded course in the University except mathematics courses below MATH 1310 including STAT 1100 and STAT 1120 and courses that substantially duplicate any others offered for the degree including PHYS 2010, 2020; CS 1010, 1020; or any introductory programming course. Students in doubt as to what is acceptable to satisfy a degree requirement should get the approval of their advisor and the dean’s office, located A122 Thornton Hall. APMA 1090 counts as three-credit unrestricted elective.
(4) Chosen from CS/ECE courses at the 3000 level or higher. Two CS/ECE electives must be 4000 level or above.

Public Professional Licensure Disclosure


As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering at the UVA School of Engineering, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state.

Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).