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Overview

Computer Engineering (CpE) advances humankind by improving the underlying digital hardware, computing networks, and production software systems that impact our everyday lives. As an Engineering discipline, it focuses on the tradeoff of Execution Throughput versus Hardware/Software/Energy costs of all types of computers from portable embedded devices and miniature sensor nodes, up through supercomputers. Opportunities in the CpE field range from careers in computer systems design, mobile and embedded computing devices, sensor networks, reconfigurable logic, software engineering, and machine intelligence applications.

The undergraduate Computer Engineering (CpE) program for the Bachelor of Science degree is offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCF.

The Undergraduate Catalog is the official source of degree requirements for all undergraduate programs based upon the year you are accepted to UCF.

Computer Engineering students at UCF have many unique advantages:

  • Starting with the 2017 academic year, 2 Track options have been introduced in the CpE curriculum. Students will be able to take more elective courses within their area of interest enhancing their academic training and adding to their career potential. Details can be found on the ECE website http://www.ece.ucf.edu/computer-engineering/#cpe-course-requirements.
  • The ECE Junior Design course provides an introduction to the design process. Here students will learn about project definition through the development of appropriate engineering design requirements specifications. They will acquire necessary and required skills such as test equipment utilization, micro-controller development tool usage, schematic capture and PCB design tools etc. all through the design and fabrication of a basic ECE project.
  • The two semester Senior Design course for CpE majors is a dynamic and exciting real-life experience course and is a vehicle for students to demonstrate the engineering skills acquired through their academic study. Senior Design is a centerpiece of the CpE undergraduate educational experience.
  • All CpE students are assigned a qualified academic advisor. Each student should seek academic advisement before registering for classes each semester to ensure that satisfactory academic progress is being maintained and to minimize excess hours.
  • The ECE department has outstanding faculty engaged in cutting-edge research through several highly competitive, prestigious research grants that they have been awarded. CpE students have an excellent opportunity for pursuing undergraduate research in their area of interest with these faculty.
  • An Accelerated BS – MS degree program in CpE is available to qualified UCF students.
  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Eta Kappa Nu (ECE Honor Society), Women in ECE and CS (WEECS) professional societies provide real-life benefits including networking, face-to-face meetings with experts and career experience.
  • The ECE Department is located in the Harris Corp. Engineering Center – an ultra high-tech building with state-of-the-art revolutionary equipment, computers, and labs for an outstanding educational experience.
While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, our program does not directly lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Professional Engineer and may still assist you in such pursuits; however, the licensing authority and requirements for Professional Engineers falls under the jurisdiction of the licensing board for the state, territory, or foreign entity in which an engineer practices. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we strongly advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact Dr. Reza Abdolvand at Reza.Abdolvand@ucf.edu or Ms. Charlese Hilton-Brown at Charlese-Hilton-Brown@ucf.edu with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.

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“”In 2019, U.S. News and World Report ranked CpE programs at UCF as 53th out of 145 schools nationally.”