About This Degree
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is listed in the top 100 college departments according to U.S. News & World Report. Students graduate with nearly 100% job placement and have among the highest starting salaries of all degree programs.
Computer engineering involves programming software and hardware, building on knowledge of electronics and circuits. A computer engineer designs and builds computers, such as PCs, workstations, and supercomputers, as well as computer-based systems like those found in cars, planes, appliances, electronics, phones, and communication networks.
Computer engineering is different from computer science in that computer science is more concerned with the theoretical understanding of computation and programming. It is also different from electrical engineering in that computer engineering prepares students for more complicated computer engineering positions, while electrical engineering is a broader field. However, both fields include computer programming to a significant degree, and a good electrical foundation is required.
The computer engineering degree is accredited by the EAC Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Concurrent Bachelor's/Master's Program:
The department also offers a concurrent bachelor's/master's program, which allows USU engineering students to begin taking graduate classes during their senior year as an undergraduate and to complete requirements for both the BS degree and the master's degree concurrently over two years.
Career And Outcomes
Graduates in computer engineering can work for any company or organization that requires software or hardware engineers. Given the current reliance on computer technology in the workplace, this means that many companies require computer engineers. Computer engineers can work in the following areas:
- Software publishing
- Computer systems designs
- Management companies
- Telecommunications companies
- Quality control
- Large and small businesses
- Governmental offices
- Educational institutions
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