The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering

The computer engineering program at CSU, Chico bridges the curriculum gap between electrical/electronic engineering and computer science. The program is designed to provide a broad background in both the theory and practice of computer hardware and software design and the integration of both into usable computer systems. The curriculum includes courses in logic design, microprocessor system design, computer interfacing, programming and data structures, computer architecture and assembly language programming, embedded system design, and system requirements and design. The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700 Note: The highlighted is different from what appears in the printed catalog. What is displayed is current and correct. .

Computer Engineering Program Mission

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department educates each student to be a responsible and productive computer engineer who can effectively respond to future challenges.

Computer Engineering Program Objective

The objective of the Computer Engineering Program is to produce graduates able to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve computer engineering problems.
  • Use industry standard tools to analyze, design, develop, and test computer-based systems containing both hardware and software components.
  • Achieve success in graduate programs in computer engineering, electrical engineering, or computer science.
  • Continue to develop their knowledge and skills after graduation in order to succeed personally and contribute to employer success.
  • Work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary development team and undertake leadership roles when appropriate.
  • Communicate their thoughts, in both written and oral forms, so that others can comprehend and build on their work.
  • Appreciate the importance of ethics in the profession and the need to act in society's best interest.

Computer Engineering Design Experience

Design is a fundamental aspect of the computer engineering curriculum and it is integrated into the curriculum beginning in the freshman year where students are introduced to both hardware and software design. As students expand their knowledge and analysis skills through the sophomore and junior years, the design problems they are assigned increase in complexity. Design problems are assigned in electronics, digital and microprocessor systems, embedded systems, and software systems.

The design experience culminates in the senior year when all students are required to identify a design project, create testable requirements for the project, design the project, and construct the project to prove the design works. Projects chosen by students often include elements of both hardware and software design. In the past, students have designed computer-controlled robots, security systems, sophisticated Web applications, and peripheral interfaces.

Bachelor Degree Requirements

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 132 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major advisor or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements

Computer Engineering is a major with modifications to the University's General Education Requirements. The following requirements, together with the approved General Education courses required for the Computer Enrineering major (marked with an * below), fulfull the General Education Requirement. 1. Select two courses, one from each of the Core Areas A1 and A2. 2. Select one course from Breadth Area C1 or C2 or C3. A course that also fulfills the Ethnic or Non-Western requirement is recommended. 3. Select one course from Breadth Area D1 or D2 or D3. A course that also fulfills the Ethnic or Non-Western requirement is recommended. 4. Upper-division theme modification has been approved for this major. See the General Education chapter in the University Catalog for specifics on how to apply this modification.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See "Cultural Diversity" in the University Catalog. Most courses used to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education Areas C and D.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155. For other alternatives, see the "Bachelor's Degree Requirements" section.

Literacy Requirement:

See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in the University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See the Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 108 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

Lower-Division Requirements: 51 units

15 courses required:

CHEM 111 General Chemistry 4.0 FS *
Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)
CSCI 112 Programming & Algorithms II 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in CSCI 111 (or EECE 135 for engineering majors).
EECE 101 Intro Elec/Computer Engr 2.0 FS
EECE 135 Algorithms & Progs for Engrs 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: MATH 120 is recommended.
EECE 144 Logic Design Fundamentals 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: Recommended: EECE 101, MECH 100.
EECE 211 Linear Circuits I 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: MATH 121, PHYS 204B.
EECE 211L Linear Circuits I Activity 1.0 FS
Corequisites: EECE 211.
EECE 221 Processor Arch/Assembly Lang 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Either CSCI 111 or EECE 135.
MATH 120 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 4.0 FS *
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; both MATH 118 and MATH 119 (or high school equivalent); a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.
MATH 121 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: MATH 120.
MATH 220 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: MATH 121.
MATH 260 Elem Differential Equations 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: MATH 121.
PHYS 204A Mechanics 4.0 FS *
Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of MATH 121 (second semester of calculus) or equivalent.
PHYS 204B Electricity and Magnetism 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: MATH 121, PHYS 204A with a grade of C- or higher.
PHYS 204C Heat/Wave Motion/Sound/Light 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: MATH 121, PHYS 204A with a grade of C- or higher.

Upper-Division Requirements: 57 units

15 courses required:

CIVL 302 Engineering Econ & Statistics 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: MATH 121, junior standing.
CIVL 495 Lifelong Development Engineers 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or equivalent; senior standing.
CSCI 311 Algorithms and Data Structures 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in CSCI 112.
EECE 311 Linear Circuits II 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: EECE 211; MATH 260 (may be taken concurrently).
EECE 315 Electronics I 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: EECE 211, EECE 211L. Corequisites: EECE 311, MATH 260.
EECE 320 System Architec/Performance 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: Either CSCI 320 or EECE 344 (may be taken concurrently).
EECE 335 Proj Requiremts/Design/Test 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 130; either CSCI 112 or EECE 221.

This course is also offered as CSCI 305.

EECE 343 Computer Interface Circuits 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: EECE 144, EECE 315.
EECE 344 Digital Systems Design 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: EECE 144, EECE 221; either EECE 110 or EECE 211 and EECE 211L.
EECE 365 Signals and Transforms 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: EECE 311, MATH 260.
EECE 431 SW Engr-Requirements & Design 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: CSCI 112.
EECE 437 Real-Time Embedded Systems 4.0 SP
Prerequisites: CSCI 111; either EECE 221 or CSCI 221. Recommended: CSCI 112; either CSCI 320 or EECE 320.
EECE 444 Microprocessor Systems Design 4.0 SP
Prerequisites: EECE 344.
EECE 490A Senior Project Design/Documnt 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; EECE 343, EECE 344; either EECE 316 or EECE 444 (may be taken concurrently).
EECE 490B Senior Project Implementation 2.0 FS
Prerequisites: EECE 490A; either EECE 316 or EECE 444.

6 units selected from:

Any approved upper-division engineering, science, or math courses not otherwise required for graduation.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

All students must attain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in all college courses attempted and for all courses attempted at Chico. Computer Engineering majors must also attain a 2.0 GPA in: (a) All courses required for the major, and (b) All Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Computer Science (CSCI) courses taken to meet major requirements at CSU, Chico.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.

A sample program for students who wish to complete their major in four years is available upon written request to the department, CSU, Chico, CA 95929-0888, or on the department's website.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

The Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the University for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life. Your honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.

2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.

3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.

4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.

5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.

6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor to apply.