Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering (CpE) combines the disciplines of electrical engineering and computer science. It encompasses computer hardware, software, and systems. The study of computer engineering is not limited to general purpose computers, but also covers embedded computer systems that control a vast multitude of devices and functions from automotive ignitions to cellular phones and various industrial controls, medical instruments, robotics, consumer electronics. Computer hardware design involves logic design, digital electronics, computer architecture, and integrated circuit design. Computer software involves the design of programs in various languages using structured and object-oriented techniques to control devices and systems. Computer systems involve the combination of hardware, software and operating system that will provide the most effective realization of a system.

Computer engineers are continually developing newer and faster computers, and they find new applications for computers every day to fill the needs of society. The computer engineer must have a broad understanding not only of computer systems, but also of basic engineering fundamentals to apply computer technology to the solution of real engineering problems.

The courses and laboratories offered in the CpE program are organized into the three disciplines of hardware, software, and system design. Technical electives that are chosen from various fields of specialization (e.g., communications, computers, controls, electronics, and power) enable CpE seniors to apply their computer engineering knowledge in selected areas in their professional career.

The department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in conjunction with its various constituencies, has clearly defined program objectives. These engineering program objectives are listed in the School of Engineering and Applied Science section of this catalogue.

B.S. in Computer Engineering: 136 credits
First Year
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I 3 credits
CHEM 101L General Chemistry I Lab 1 credit
ENSC 191 Engineering First Year Seminar 3 credits
MATH 157 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 3 credits
PHIL 101 Reasoning 3 credits
Core Broadening Requirement: (History, Literature, Social and Behavioral Science) 3 credits
CPSC 121 Computer Science I 3 credits
ENSC 192 Engineering First Year Seminar 3 credits
MATH 258 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4 credits
PHYS 103 Scientific Physics I 4 credits
PHYS 103L Scientific Physics I Lab 1 credit
PHIL 201 Human Nature 3 credits
Second Year
CPEN 230 Introduction to Digital Logic 3 credits
CPEN 230L Introduction to Digital Logic Lab 1 credit
CPSC 122 Computer Science II 3 credits
EENG 201 Circuit Analysis I 3 credits
EENG 201L Circuit Analysis I Lab 1 credit
MATH 231 Discrete Structures 3 credits
RELI XXX Christianity and Catholic Traditions 3 credits
CPEN 231 Microcomputer Architecture and Assembly Programming 3 credits
CPEN 231L Microcomputer Architecture and Assembly Programming Lab 1 credit
EENG 202 Circuit Analysis II 3 credits
MATH 259 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4 credits
PHYS 204 Scientific Physics II 3 credits
PHYS 204L Scientific Physics II Lab 1 credit
Third Year
CPSC 223 Abstract Date Structures 3 credits
EENG 303 Electronics Design I 3 credits
EENG 303L Electronics Design I Lab 1 credit
EENG 311 Signals and Systems 4 credits
MATH 260 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 credits
Ethics core requirement 3 credits
CPEN 342 Embedded Computer Systems 3 credits
CPEN 342L Embedded Computer Systems Lab 1 credit
EENG 304 Electronics Design II 3 credits
EENG 304L Electronics Design II Lab 1 credits
EENG 322 Probabilistic Methods for Electrical Engineers 3 credits
EENG 391 Engineering Design 1 credit
RELI XXX World or Comparative Religion 3 credits
Core Integration Seminar (432) 3 credits
Fourth Year
CPEN 430 Digital System Design 3 credits
CPEN 430L Digital System Design Lab 1 credit
CPEN/CPSC     Technical elective 3 credits
ENSC 491 Senior Design Project I 2 credits
Technical elective1 3 credits
Core Broadening Requirement: (History, Literature, Social and Behavioral Science) 3 credits
CPSC 431 Computer Architecture 3 credits
ENSC 492 Senior Design Project II 3 credits
ENSC 400 Fundamentals of Engineering Examination 0 credits
CPEN/CPSC    Technical elective1 3 credits
Technical elective1 3 credits
Core Broadening Requirement: (History, Literature, Social and Behavioral Science) 3 credits
Note1: Approved EENG, CPEN or CPSC elective courses

Technical Electives in Computer Engineering

Only 300 and 400 level courses that are not required in the degree plan can be used to satisfy the technical elective requirements. Approved computer science courses may also be used as electives. The student's advisor approves the selection and must contain at least two courses with a CPEN or CPSC course designation. Please see your advisor for current course offerings.

Computer Engineering and Computer Science
  • CPEN 435Parallel Computing
  • CPEN 436 Biomedical Informatics and Computing
  • CPSC 423 Object-Oriented Modeling and Design
  • CPSC 427 Artificial Intelligence
  • CPSC 428 Real-Time Computer System Engineering
  • CPSC 435 Parallel Computing
  • CPSC 436 Biomedical Informatics and Computing
  • CPSC 321 Database Management Systems
  • CPSC 446 Advanced Operating Systems
  • CPSC 448 Computer Security
  • CPSC 450 Advanced Algorithms

Electrical Engineering
  • EENG 340/EENG 340L Introduction to Electric Power Engineering
  • EENG 401 Electronics III
  • EENG 403 Passive and Active Filter Design
  • EENG 406 Introduction to Integrated Circuit Engineering
  • EENG 411 Introduction to Control Systems
  • EENG 412 Digital Control Systems
  • EENG 413/EENG 413L Automation
  • EENG 421 Introduction to Communication Systems
  • EENG 422 Digital Communication Systems
  • EENG 424 Digital Signal Processing

In addition to their major and minor areas of study, all undergraduate students follow a common program designed to complete their education in those areas that the University considers essential for a Catholic, Jesuit, liberal, and humanistic education. The University Core Curriculum consists of forty-five credits of course work, with additional designation requirements that can be met through core, major, or elective courses.

The University Core Curriculum is a four-year program, organized around one overarching question, which is progressively addressed through yearly themes and questions. Hence, core courses are best taken within the year for which they are designated. First year core courses encourage intellectual engagement and provide a broad foundation of fundamental skills. Second and third year courses examine central issues and questions in philosophy and religious studies. The fourth year course, the Core Integration Seminar, offers a culminating core experience. Taken at any time throughout the four years, broadening courses intersect with the core themes and extend students’ appreciation for the humanities, arts, and social and behavioral sciences. Finally, the designation requirements (writing enriched, global studies, and social justice) reflect important values and reinforce students’ knowledge and competencies.

Overarching Core Question: As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?
Year 1 Theme and Question: Understanding and Creating: How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding?

  • The First-Year Seminar (ENSC 191 and ENSC 192, 6 credits): The First-Year Seminar (FYS), taken in the fall or spring of the first year, is designed to promote an intellectual shift in students as they transition to college academic life. Each small seminar is organized around an engaging topic, which students explore from multiple perspectives. The FYS is offered by many departments across the University (click here for list of FYS courses).  
  • Writing (ENSC 191 and ENSC 192, 6 credits) and Reasoning (PHIL 101, 3 credits): The Writing and Reasoning courses are designed to help students develop the foundational skills of critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing. They may be taken as linked sections. Writing (ENGL 101) carries one of the three required writing-enriched designations (see below).
  • Communication & Speech (ENSC 191 and ENSC 192, 6 credits): These courses introduces students to interpersonal and small group communication and requires the application of critical thinking, reasoning, and research skills necessary to organize, write, and present several speeches.(ENSC 491 and ENSC 492, 6 credits) will provide the culminating experience in communication.
  • Scientific Inquiry (PHYS 103/103L, 5 credits): This course explores the scientific process in the natural world through evidence-based logic and includes significant laboratory experience. Students pursuing majors that require science courses will satisfy this requirement through their major.
  • Mathematics (above Math 100, 3 credits): Mathematics courses promote thinking according to the modes of the discipline—abstractly, symbolically, logically, and computationally. One course in mathematics, above Math 100, including any math course required for a major or minor, will fulfill this requirement. MATH 100 (College Algebra) and courses without the MATH prefix do not fulfill this requirement.

Year 2 Theme and Question: Being and Becoming: Who are we and what does it mean to be human?

  • Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 201, 3 credits): This course provides students with a philosophical study of key figures, theories, and intellectual traditions that contribute to understanding the human condition; the meaning and dignity of human life; and the human relationship to ultimate reality.
  • Christianity and Catholic Traditions (RELI, 3 credits). Religious Studies core courses approved for this requirement explore diverse topics including Christian scriptures, history, theology, and practices as well as major contributions from the Catholic intellectual and theological traditions (click here for a list of approved courses) .

Year 3 Theme and Question: Caring and Doing: What principles characterize a well lived life?

  • Ethics (PHIL 301 or RELI, 3 credits): The Ethics courses are designed to help students develop their moral imagination by exploring and explaining the reasons humans should care about the needs and interests of others. This requirement is satisfied by an approved ethics course in either Philosophy (PHIL 301) or Religious Studies (click here for a list of approved courses).
  • World/Comparative Religion (RELI, 3 credits): Religious Studies courses approved for this core requirement draw attention to the diversity that exists within and among traditions and encourage students to bring critical, analytical thinking to bear on the traditions and questions considered. These courses carries one of the required two global-studies designations (see below) (click here for a list of approved courses).

Year 4 Theme and Question: Imagining the Possible: What is our role in the world?” 

  • Core Integration Seminar (DEPT 432, 3 credits). The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) offers students a culminating core experience in which they integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the core, and their disciplinary expertise. Some CIS courses may also count toward a student’s major or minor. The CIS is offered by several departments across the University (click here for list of CIS courses).

The Broadening Courses

  • Fine Arts & Design (ENSC 491 and ENSC 492, 6 credits): Arts courses explore multiple ways the human experience can be expressed through creativity, including across different cultures and societies. One approved course in fine arts, music, theatre, or dance will fulfill this requirement (click here for a list of approved courses).
  • History (HIST, 3 credits): History courses are intended to develop students’ awareness of the historical context of both the individual and the collective human experience. One course in History (HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 112, HIST 201, HIST 202) will fulfill this requirement.
  • Literature (3 credits): Literature courses foster reflection on how literature engages with a range of human experience. One approved course in Literature (offered by English, Classics, or Modern Languages) will fulfill this requirement (click here for a list of approved courses).
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits): Courses in the social and behavioral sciences engage students in studying human behavior, social systems, and social issues. One approved course offered by Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies will fulfill this requirement (click here for a list of approved courses).

The Designations
Designations are embedded within already existing core, major, minor, and elective courses. Students are encouraged to meet designation requirements within elective courses as their schedule allows; however, with careful planning students should be able to complete most of the designation requirements within other core, major, or minor courses.

  • Writing Enriched (WE; 3 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the WE designation are designed to promote the humanistic and Jesuit pedagogical ideal of clear, effective communication. In addition to the required core course, Engineering First Year Seminar (ENSC 191 and ENSC 192, 6 credits, which carries two of the WE designations, students must take one other WE-designated courses (click here for a list of approved courses).
  • Global-Studies (GS; 2 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the GS designation are designed to challenge students to perceive and understand human diversity by exploring diversity within a context of constantly changing global systems. In addition to the required core course, World/Comparative Religion (RELI 300-level), which carries one of the GS designations, students must take one other GS-designated course (click here for a list of approved courses).
  • Social-Justice (SJ; 1 course meeting this designation): Courses carrying the SJ designation are designed to introduce students to one or more social justice concerns. Students must take one course that meets the SJ designation (click here for a list of approved courses).