Bachelor of Science with a Major in Computer Engineering

Computer engineering combines electronic design, computer architecture, programming of computing systems, computer networks, and applied mathematics. The bachelor of science with a major in computer engineering degree program prepares students in the theory and application of hardware and software design, computer networks, embedded systems, and very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuit design and applications. Students may take electives in advanced topics such as optical networks, broadband wireless networks, and technologies for the next generation of information systems.

Bachelor of Science With a Second Major in Computer Engineering

Any undergraduate student who is enrolled at GW may declare a second major in computer engineering only if his or her primary degree is a Bachelor of Science. The student must meet all the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in computer engineering, including SEAS general, major, technical electives, humanities/social science, and SEAS/technical GPA requirements. Students receiving other bachelor degrees (e.g., BBA, BFA, BA) will have to meet the requirements for a double degree.

Graduation grade-point average criteria:

To satisfactorily complete a second major in computer engineering, a student must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.2 in all technical engineering courses outlined in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth semesters of the curriculum. See the University Bulletin for more information on BS in Computer Engineering curriculum requirements for all the courses needed to complete the second major.

Recommended program of study

First semester
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I 1
ECE 1010Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering I
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I 1
SEAS 1001Engineering Orientation
UW 1020University Writing 1
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Second semester
CSCI 1311Discrete Structures I
ECE 1020Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering II
ECE 1120C Programming for Electrical and Computer Engineering
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II 1
PHYS 1021University Physics I 1
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Third semester
APSC 2113Engineering Analysis I
ECE 1125Data Structures and Algorithms for ECE
ECE 2110Circuit Theory
ECE 2120Engineering Seminar
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus 1
PHYS 1022University Physics II 1
Fourth semester
APSC 3115Engineering Analysis III
ECE 2115Engineering Electronics
ECE 2140Design of Logic Systems I
ECE 2210Circuits, Signals, and Systems
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Fifth semester
CSCI 3411Operating Systems 4
ECE 3130Digital Electronics and Design
ECE 3220Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
ECE 3515Computer Organization
ECE 3520Microprocessors: Software, Hardware, and Interfacing
Sixth semester
ECE 3135Design of Logic Systems II
ECE 3310Introduction to Electromagnetics
ECE 3525Introduction to Embedded Systems
ECE 3915WElectrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Project Lab I
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Seventh semester
ECE 4140VLSI Design and Simulation
ECE 4535Computer Architecture and Design
ECE 4920WElectrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Project Lab II
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Technical elective 3
Eighth semester
ECE 4150ASIC Design and Testing of VLSI Circuits
ECE 4925WElectrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Project Lab III
PHIL 2135Ethics in Business and the Professions
Two technical electives 3

1 Course satisfies the university general education requirement in math, science, and writing. 

2 At least two social and behavioral sciences courses must be selected from the University General Education Requirement list; the remaining course must be selected from either the University General Education Requirement list or the SEAS General Education Requirement list. At least one humanities course must be selected from the University General Education Requirement list; the remaining courses must be selected from either the University General Education Requirement list or the SEAS General Education Requirement list.

3 Three 3-credit technical elective courses must be chosen with the approval of the advisor from advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physical sciences, or biological sciences. At least one of the technical electives must be an upper-level math or science course.  

4 ECE students not having prerequisite courses CSCI 2113 and CSCI 2461 must use RTFs to register for the course.