Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Computer engineering combines some of the thought-provoking aspects of computer science and electrical engineering. Computer engineers are particularly important today because embedded systems, which integrate hardware and software, are increasingly common in robotics, cellphones, computer-controlled platforms and elsewhere. Computer engineers are knowledgeable about both hardware and software, so, in particular, they’re in high demand wherever embedded systems are used.

Careers in Computer Engineering

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Computer engineering concerns the design, construction, implementation and maintenance of software and hardware components of modern computing systems and computer-controlled equipment. Computer engineers work with computer systems in a wide range of products, including vehicular control systems, wearable devices, biomedical systems and a vast assortment of household devices.

Computer engineers design computer systems and components, develop and test prototypes and help take them to market. Having evolved over the past three decades as a separate discipline, computer engineering is solidly grounded in theories and principles of computing, mathematics, algorithms, science and engineering, and it applies these theories and principles to solve technical problems through the design of computer hardware, software, networks and processes.

High School Preparation

Engineering education requires strong high school preparation. Pre-engineering students should have had at least one semester of trigonometry and at least one year each in elementary algebra, intermediate and advanced algebra, plane geometry, chemistry and physics, to prepare them to move immediately into college courses in calculus, calculus-based physics and chemistry for science majors.

Pre-computer engineering students should have some experience with elementary programming in a high-level language such as C, C++ or Java. It’s also essential that pre-engineering students be able to read well and write clearly.

Computer Engineering at UT Dallas

The computer engineering, or CE, curriculum is centered on system-level design, computer architecture and computer programming applications. This includes circuits and devices, computer systems and engineering software systems. Computer engineering at UT Dallas deals with the sensing, signal and data, processing and transmission of information by making extensive use of electrical engineering and computer science principles.

The CE program also encourages students and faculty to develop synergies with disciplines outside of engineering such as the life sciences. CE faculty members are actively involved in advanced research and teaching in all major areas of computer engineering, and the school has a large infrastructure of computing and laboratory resources.

Internships and Fast Track

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science operates one of the largest internship and cooperative education programs of its kind, averaging more than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate student placements a year at Dallas-area high-tech companies, including Texas Instruments, Intel, Raytheon, Amazon, Apple, Google and IBM.

The Fast-Track Program enables qualified undergraduate students to include master’s level courses in their undergraduate degree plans. When Fast-Track students graduate with a bachelor’s degree, they are automatically admitted to graduate school at UT Dallas. The hours required to complete the master’s degree are reduced by up to 15 hours by the number of Fast-Track graduate hours completed. So, Fast-Track undergraduates can have reduced numbers of hours of graduate coursework left in order to complete a master’s degree.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science: Biomedical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, data science*electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering

Master of Science: Biomedical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, systems engineering and management**, telecommunications engineering

Doctor of Philosophy: Biomedical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, telecommunications engineering

*Joint program between the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

**Joint program between the Naveen Jindal School of Management and Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.


Research efforts underway at the school involve such cutting-edge technology as:

  • Medical imaging.
  • Speech recognition.
  • Materials characterization.
  • Cochlear implant technology.
  • Cybersecurity.
  • Organic electronics.
  • Physical, chemical and biosensors.
  • Wireless networking.
  • Carbon nanotubes.
  • Micro-electromechanical systems.
  • Semiconductor design.

Additional Facts

The Jonsson School’s rapid growth has helped propel its undergraduate programs into U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the nation’s top schools of engineering.

The school’s graduate programs have continued to rise through the national U.S. News rankings, now placing among the top 25 public university graduate programs and ranking third in Texas.

The Jonsson School has significantly increased the size of its faculty in recent years, hiring top recent graduates of Stanford University, Cornell University, Purdue University, Georgia Tech and UCLA, as well as seasoned professionals from Rutgers Uni versity, University of Southern California, University of California, Davis, Sandia National Laboratories, Freescale Semiconductor and Texas Instruments.

The Jonsson School features a variety of student organizations that are actively involved in both academic and social activities. Completely student-run, these include the Association for Computing Machinery, the Game Development Group, the National Society of Black Engineers, a chapter of the scientific research society Sigma Xi, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers.