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A Systems View Toward Computing Design


Computer systems are an integral part of every aspect of Air Force operations. These systems range from embedded devices that perform a specific function in a weapon system to massively-parallel supercomputers used to simulate an air campaign.

Because today’s computing systems are so sophisticated, computer engineering has evolved. Computer engineers take a true “systems” view toward computing design, combining the algorithm-design skills of a computer scientist with the hardware-design talents of an electrical engineer. Computer engineering majors acquire these skills through an interdisciplinary approach that intermingles courses from computer science with offerings from electrical and computer engineering. This program provides the broad, varied background an engineer needs to succeed in this dynamic field.

The Computer Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Within the Air Force
  • 62E – Developmental Engineer
  • 17D – Cyber Operator
Outside the Air Force
  • Systems Engineer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • IT Security Specialist

Industries – Government and private research, oil and gas and entertainment

  • Digital Design and Computer Architecture
  • Telecommunication Principles
  • Embedded Computer Systems
  • Electrical Circuits and Systems
Beh Sci 110

Chem 100

Com Sci 110

English 111

Engr 101

For Lang 1

For Lang 2

History 100

Math 141

Math 142

Physics 110

ECE 210

Comp Sci 210

Math 245

ECE 231

Engr Mech 220

Physics 215

MSS 200

Comp Sci 223

ECE 281

ECE 332

Poli Sci 211

Econ 201

Chem 200

ECE 321

ECE 382

Math/Sci Option

English 211

Law 220

Math 356/377

ECE 383

Math 340

Comp Sci 483

ECE Option #1

Biology 315

Beh Sci 310

ECE Option #2

Aero Engr 315

Ops Rsch 310

Philos 310

ECE 463

English 441

ECE option #3

ECE 464

Soc Sci 412

History 300

MSS 400

Astro Engr 310

For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Curriculum Handbook.


The Computer Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

To ensure the success of our graduates, we prepare them to achieve the following Program Educational Objectives within two to five years after graduation:

  • Recognition as successful Air Force officers through demonstration of their ability to:
    • Rapidly acquire required knowledge
    • Lead others effectively
    • Apply ethical and moral standards
    • Improve unit performance by application of organizational skills
    • Make sound decisions based on critical thinking
    • Communicate effectively
  • Selection for career training on, or ahead of, schedule, and for a progression of assignments of increasing responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to solve Air Force technical problems
  • Success in continuing education

These objectives are assessed through Student Outcomes—the skills, knowledge and behaviors students should acquire before graduation. The outcomes for this program are:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • Lead and function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively, both written and orally
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a military, global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • Recognize the need for and ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Know contemporary issues
  • Use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Computer Engineering Enrollment and Graduation Data
School Year Total Enrollment Degrees Conferred
2014 – 2015 59 13
2013 – 2014 62 17
2012 – 2013 48 13
2011 – 2012 55 14
2010 – 2011 50 15

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
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