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Computer Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

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Program Intro

Computer engineering shapes the world we live in today. Computer engineers help create the hardware and software that networks the world via the Internet; microprocessors in devices; and the software that supports virtual reality, robotics and biomedical innovations.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

As a PNW Computer Engineering student, you’ll have the advantage of studying in an ABET- accredited program. Learn project management and effective communication skills essential for the engineering profession, in addition to gaining extensive technical expertise. Our graduates are recruited by a wide range of industries with competitive starting salaries.

Curriculum Overview

Our program combines courses that are innovative, relevant and challenging with career-focused experiences that prepare you for a dynamic career.

Learn fundamentals through calculus and physics courses, take a first-year seminar for engineers and a foundational class in engineering design.

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Sample Courses

  • ENGR 186000 – First Year Seminar for Engineers
  • ENGR 19000 – Elementary Engineering Design
  • MA 16300 – Integrated Calculus and Analytic Geometry

Familiarize yourself with computer engineering fundamentals of data structure, object-oriented programming, circuit analysis and digital system design.

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Sample Courses

  • ECE 27001 – Intro to Digital System Design
  • ECE 25100 – Object Oriented Programming
  • ECE 20100 – Linear Circuit Analysis I

Engage in software engineering design, embedded systems, microprocessor design and technical writing.

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Sample Courses

  • ECE 31200 – Engineering Project Management
  • ENGL 30700 – Written/Oral Communication for Engineers
  • ECE 36201 – Microprocessor System Design and Interfacing

Take electives like machine learning, network security and big data while the program culminates in a two semester team-based capstone senior-design project.

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Sample Courses

  • ECE 42900 – Senior Engineering Design I
  • ECE 43900 – Senior Engineering Design II

Program Requirements

Direct admission to the BSCmpE program requires consideration of your standardized test scores and performance in mathematics in addition to general University admissions requirements.

If you’re interested in the program but not directly admitted to it, you may be admitted to a general admission program in which you can prepare for acceptance into BSCmpE.


The engineering programs at PNW are ranked 50th in the nation among comprehensive universities by US News and World Report. Class sizes are small, labs are state-of-the-art and all faculty members have Ph.D. degrees in their areas of instruction. You have the opportunity to earn baccalaureate and master’s engineering degrees within five years.

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Outcomes for BSCmpE graduates include the ability to:

  • Acquire and apply new knowledge
  • Identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions with consideration of public health, safety, welfare, environmental and economic factors
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation
  • Analyze and interpret data

Beyond the Classroom

BSCmpE students are encouraged to get involved in:

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Honors College at PNW
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers

Career Paths

Computer Engineering grads are prepared for a wide variety of careers, including:

  • Software Developer
  • Systems Software Engineer
  • Computer Hardware Engineer


Our alumni are employed with remarkable companies in the region and across the country, including:

  • Cisco Systems
  • Hewlett Packard
  • National Semiconductor


Our nationally recognized program has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (EAC).


As an ABET-accredited engineering program, PNW’s program for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering fulfills the educational requirements for PE licensure in Indiana and all states of the US.

I have had the opportunity to participate in important and applicable research funded by the NSF and do research internships in emerging technologies. Professors are committed to teaching and provide great mentorship to their students.

Javier Campos
Computer Engineering, Munster

Four years ago, I walked into the doors of Purdue University Northwest not knowing what I wanted to pursue in life. Now I have one more semester to attain my degree. Not only has my path become clear, but I have gained ample experience which can be used to benefit and innovate my field of study. I am proud to be part of the pride.

Somtoo Chukwurah
Computer Engineering, Lagos, Nigeria

I am currently a Computer Engineer with the Naval Sea Systems Command Crane Division; I work in modeling and simulating to provide data before any prototypes are created and tested. Wwith the help of my professors, I was able to gain the experience of writing well-written reports and presenting them in front of an audience.

Ulises Morales

Meet the Faculty

Xiaoli (Lucy) Yang

Xiaoli (Lucy) Yang, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Engineering

Xiaoli Yang is a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering. Her research and teaching focus on virtual/augmented reality, visualization, cybersecurity education, machine learning applications and software engineering.

Quamar Niyaz

Quamar Niyaz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Quamar Niyaz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His teaching and research focus on computer networks, cybersecurity, and big data.

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