Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers two undergraduate degree programs: electrical engineering (EE) and computer engineering (CmpE). Both programs include elective hours, enabling students to individually tailor their programs to provide emphasis in a particular specialization or exposure to a broad range of subjects. Engineering analysis and design concepts are integrated throughout both programs, culminating in a common major design experience involving a broad range of issues including economic and societal considerations.

The field of computer engineering is centered in digital design, computer architecture, computer networks and internetworking, and computer applications. The BS CmpE program offers elective courses in a wide variety of specializations, including computer architecture; embedded systems and software; design tools, test, and verification; computer networks and internetworking; distributed systems and software; and VLSI design. Additionally, students may elect to take advanced courses in other EE specializations, computer science, or programs, such as mathematics, physics, or management. As an alternative to the BS CmpE degree, students may choose a computer engineering specialization within the BS EE degree program.

Program Objectives

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering has established the following student educational objectives for its undergraduate programs:

  1. Graduates will be successful in the professional practice of engineering or other related fields. They will obtain employment appropriate to their background, interests, and education and will advance in their career field.
  2. Graduates will engage in life-long learning; e.g., advanced education/degrees, professional development activities, and/or other career-appropriate options.
  3. Graduates who are employed within engineering fields will demonstrate technical competence, such as identifying, formulating, analyzing, and creating engineering solutions using appropriate current engineering techniques, skills, and tools.
  4. As appropriate to their professional or educational positions, graduates will
    1. effectively communicate technical information in multiple formats,
    2. function effectively on teams, and
    3. develop and apply electrical/computer engineering solutions within global, societal, and environmental contexts.

Additional information about program assessment for all of the School's programs is available on the ECE website.

Wellness
APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1552Integral Calculus 34
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1371Computing for Engineers 33
Core C - Humanities
Any HUM 16
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
PHYS 2211Introductory Physics I 3,24
PHYS 2212Introductory Physics II 34
MATH 1551Differential Calculus 32
MATH 1553Introduction to Linear Algebra 32
Core E - Social Sciences
Choose one of the following:3
The United States to 1877
The United States since 1877
American Government in Comparative Perspective
Government of the United States
American Constitutional Issues
Choose one of the following:3
Economic Analysis and Policy Problems
The Global Economy
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Any SS 6
Core F - Courses Related to Major
ECE 2020Digital System Design 33
MATH 2551Multivariable Calculus 34
MATH 2552Differential Equations 34
CHEM 1310General Chemistry4
or CHEM 1211K Chemical Principles I
Science Elective 43
Ethics Requirement 5
Probability/Statistics 9
Professional Communications 10
Major Requirements
ECE 2026Introduction to Signal Processing 33
ECE 2031Digital Design Laboratory 32
ECE 2035Programming for Hardware/Software Systems 34
ECE 2036Engineering Software Design 34
ECE 2040Circuit Analysis 33
ECE 3020Mathematical Foundations of Computer Engineering 33
ECE 3030Physical Foundations of Computer Engineering 33
ECE 3056Architecture, Concurrency, and Energy in Computation 33
ECE 4011ECE Culminating Design Project I 32
ECE 4012ECE Culminating Design Project II 33
Non-ECE Engineering Electives
Electives 3, 85
CMPE Upper Level Electives
ECE/CS 3-4000-Level Electives 6,1122
Approved Electives
Approved Electives 712
Total Credit Hours132

Pass-fail only allowed for Humanities Electives, Social Sciences Electives, Science Electives, and Free Elective courses.

Courses that are cross-listed with ECE must be taken under the ECE number.

1

Students must complete an Ethics requirement. See below for allowable Ethics courses.

2

If PHYS 2231 is taken, extra hour goes to Free Electives.

3

Minimum grade of C required.

4

Science Elective must be chosen from the following list: APPH 3751, BIOL 1510, BIOL 1520, BIOL 3751, CHEM 1212K, CHEM 1315, EAS 1600, EAS 1601, EAS 2600,PHYS 2021, PHYS 2022, or PHYS 2213.

5

Students must complete one Ethics course during their program. For a complete list of Ethics courses, please see: http://www.catalog.gatech.edu/students/ugrad/core/ethics.php

6

ECE 3005, ECE 3710, ECE 3741,ECE 4699CS 4699, ECE 3900 -level, CS 3900 -level, ECE 4900 -level, CS 4900 -level, CS 3800 -level, and CS 4800 -level not allowed.

7

The following courses are not allowed: ECE 3710, ECE 3741, HPS 1XXX, LMC 2661, LMC 2662, LMC 3661, LMC 3662, MATH 1113,MUSI 1008, MUSI 1009, MUSI 2008, MUSI 2009, MUSI 3008, MUSI 3009, MUSI 4008, and MUSI 4009, PHYS 2XXX (AP Credit). Maximum of six credit hours of Special Problems.

8

Course must be 2000 -level or higher and 2 credit hours or more. BMED 2400, COE 3002,ISYE 2027, ISYE 2028, CHBE 2120, ME 2016, ME 2110, not allowed. 2800- , 2900-, 3900-, or 4900-level classes not allowed. Engineering courses outside of ECE must be 2000-level or higher and 2 credit hours or more.

9

CEE 3770 or ISYE 3770 or MATH 3670 or ECE 3077 (Must be taken on Letter/Grade basis)

10

ECE 3005 or ECE 3006

11

9 credit hours must be 4000-level and each 4000-level course must have a 3000- or 4000-level ECE/CS course as a prerequisite.

Cooperative Plan

The Georgia Tech Undergraduate Cooperative Education Program allows students to combine classroom study with paid practical work experience directly related to the academic major. Co-ops alternate semesters of on-campus study with semesters of full-time employment, normally beginning the program as freshmen or sophomores. Over 30 percent of ECE undergraduates participate in the co-op program.

The degree requirements for students in the co-op program are the same as those for other students in the major. The Cooperative Plan designation may be pursued separately or in combination with the International Plan and/or the Research Option.

Begun in 1912, Georgia Tech's program is currently the largest optional co-op program in the United States and has perennially been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten co-op programs in America. As an integral part of the overall education experience, the co-op program allows students to take on increasing levels of responsibility and to use their job knowledge and classroom learning to make meaningful contributions to the organizations in which they work. Many co-op graduates are hired by their co-op employer, and more than 700 companies or government organizations throughout the United States and abroad currently employ Georgia Tech Undergrad Co-op Program students.

Because the School of ECE in Atlanta offers a wide range of electives and almost all required courses every term, including summer, co-op students have substantial flexibility in completing their degree requirements. Many students continue their co-op work assignments through the senior year. Additionally, co-op students working in the Atlanta area may be able to take certain ECE courses, particularly laboratories offered in the evening, during the work term.

In addition to the co-op program, the Center for Career Discovery and Development also offers the Undergraduate Professional Internship and Work Abroad programs. These programs also provide opportunities for students to gain practical work experience, without the long-term commitment of the co-op program.

International Plan

The International Plan is intended for students who seek an intensive international experience integrated into their undergraduate studies in computer engineering. The International Plan develops global competence through a combination of coursework, language study, and residential overseas experience. Students who complete this option receive a designation on their transcript and diploma.

The computer engineering aspects of the BS CmpE - International Plan degree requirements are identical to those for the regular BS CmpE . Please refer to the BS CmpE catalog description for general information about the degree program. Students may be able to satisfy the additional requirements imposed for the International Plan designation through appropriate choices of electives without additional credit hours to complete the degree. The International Plan designation may be pursued separately, or in combination with the Cooperative Plan and/or the Research Option.

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a junior-year program at the Georgia Tech-Lorraine campus in Metz, France, that is designed to facilitate participation in the International Plan. However, computer engineering majors are not restricted to this option and may complete any allowable courses, languages, and overseas experiences that satisfy the International Plan requirements.

Research Option

The Research Option is intended for students who seek a concentrated research experience, culminating in an undergraduate thesis, integrated into their undergraduate studies in computer engineering. This option includes three or four semesters of structured research and provides an open evaluation of a student's research capabilities, viewable by the public via a required Web-based research portfolio. Students who complete this option receive a designation on their transcript.

The computer engineering aspects of the BS CmpE-Research Option degree requirements are identical to those for the regular BS CmpE . Please refer to the BS CmpE catalog description for general information about the degree program. Students may be able to satisfy the additional requirements imposed for the Research Option designation through appropriate choices of electives without additional credit hours to complete the degree. The Research Option designation may be pursued separately, or in combination with the Cooperative Plan and/or the International Plan.

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) offers a two-semester Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), which may be completed to provide a less-intensive research experience or as the initial phase of the Research Option. Contact the ECE Academic Office for additional information about the Research Option, including specific Institute and ECE requirements, and assistance in planning your schedule to allow participation in this program.