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Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering

The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering gives the students the opportunity to acquire broad engineering skills and knowledge to enable them to design and implement computer and digital systems. The discipline of computer engineering includes topics such as logic design; digital systems design; discrete mathematics; computer organization; embedded systems design requiring assembly programming of microprocessors, high-level programming and interfacing of processors to other circuits; high-level digital design languages (HDL) and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA’s); Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) circuit design; and fundamental electrical engineering, mathematics, and science. While the B.S. in CmpE is not currently ABET accredited as it is a newly established program, plans are underway for the accreditation of the program at the earliest opportunity.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 126, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level. At least 42 of the required computer engineering credits must be taken at UTSA. All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements, the General Engineering requirements, and the Computer Engineering requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both major requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

MAT 1214 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics, as well as one of the General Engineering requirements. CHE 1103 and PHY 1903 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Natural Sciences, as well as two of the General Engineering requirements. COR 1203 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Science. ECO 2023 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Economics.

General Engineering Requirements

All degree-seeking candidates in engineering must complete the following 22 semester credit hours, as well as the Core Curriculum requirements and major requirements:

CHE  1103  General Chemistry I
EGR  2323  Applied Engineering Analysis I
MAT  1214  Calculus I
MAT  1224  Calculus II
PHY  1903, 1911  Engineering Physics I and Laboratory
PHY  1923, 1931  Engineering Physics II and Laboratory

Computer Engineering Degree Requirements

All degree-seeking candidates in Computer Engineering must complete the following semester credit hours, as well as the Core Curriculum requirements and General Engineering requirements:

  1. 56 semester credit hours of required courses:

    1. 47 semester credit hours of electrical and computer engineering courses:

      EE   1323   Introduction to Electrical Engineering Profession
      EE   2423   Network Theory
      EE   2511   Logic Design Laboratory
      EE   2513   Logic Design
      EE   3113   Electrical Engineering Laboratory I
      EE   3223   C++ and Data Structures
      EE   3313   Electronic Circuits I
      EE   3323   Electronic Devices
      EE   3423   Signals and Systems I
      EE   3463   Microcomputer Systems I
      EE   3563   Digital Systems Design
      EE   4113   Electrical Engineering Laboratory II
      EE   4243   Computer Organization and Architecture
      EE   4513   Introduction to VLSI Design
      EE   4811   Electrical Engineering Design I
      EE   4813   Electrical Engineering Design II
      EGR 3323   Applied Engineering Analysis II

    2. 9 semester credit hours of supporting courses:

      CS   2073   Computer Programming with Engineering Applications
      CS   2233   Discrete Mathematical Structures

      EE   3533   Random Signals and Noise
      or
      STA  3533  Probability and Random Processes

  2. 15 semester credit hours of computer engineering elective courses from the following list:

    CS  3733   Operating Systems
    CS  3773   Software Engineering
    CS  4353   Unix and Network Security
    EE  4553   VLSI Testing
    EE  4563   FPGA-Based System Design
    EE  4583   Microcomputer Systems II
    EE  4593   Embedded System Design
    EE  4643   Digital Signal Processing
    EE  4663   Digital Image Processing
    EE  4953   Special Studies in Electrical Engineering (Computer Engineering related topics only)

B.S. in Computer Engineering – Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Semester Second Semester
EE 1323 3 EE 2511 1
CHE 1103 (core and major) 3 EE 2513 3
COR 1203 (core) 3 CS 2073 3
MAT 1214 (core and major) 4 MAT 1224 4
WRC 1013 (core) 3 PHY 1903 (core and major) 3
    PHY 1911 1
    WRC 1023 (core) 3
Total semester hours 16 Total semester hours 18
Third Semester Fourth Semester
CS 2233 3 EE 3313 3
EE 2423 3 EE 3423 3
EGR 2323 3 EE 3463 3
PHY 1923 3 EGR 3323 3
PHY 1931 1 U.S. History & Diversity core 3
U.S. History & Diversity core 3    
Total semester hours 16 Total semester hours 15
Fifth Semester Sixth Semester
EE 3113 3 EE 3533 or STA 3533 3
EE 3223 3 EE 4243 3
EE 3323 3 EE 4513 3
EE 3563 3 POL 1013 (core) 3
Literature core 3 Technical elective 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
Seventh Semester Eighth Semester
EE 4113 3 ECO 2023 (core) 3
EE 4811  1 EE 4813 3
POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3 Technical elective 3
Technical elective 3 Technical elective 3
Technical elective 3 World Society & Issues core 3
Visual & Performing Arts core 3    
Total semester hours 16 Total semester hours 15

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