The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) program in computer science and engineering combines the technical content of a computer science degree and a computer engineering degree in a single degree program. The program curriculum is jointly taught by faculty from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences). The program provides students with a strong theoretical and conceptual understanding of the principles underlying computer software and hardware along with the engineering analysis, design, and multidisciplinary teamwork skills needed to develop large and complex systems containing both software and hardware components.
The computer science and engineering program encompasses the technical rigor of a Bachelor of Science program in computer science and a Bachelor of Science program in computer engineering. Graduates gain the foundational knowledge provided by a computer science education together with the critical thinking, problem-solving, and system design skills at the heart of a computer engineering curriculum.
Graduates of the computer science and engineering program will:
- exhibit leadership and vision in contributing to the computing-related technical and policy decisions of industry, government, and research enterprises;
- demonstrate computing skills and problem-solving abilities that permit them to contribute in a variety of technical, business, and academic careers;
- thrive in diverse, global, and multidisciplinary environments;
- possess the ability to communicate effectively and participate collaboratively in interactions with other computing and engineering professionals; and
- understand the importance of participating in lifelong learning activities that enhance their professional and personal development.
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in computer science and engineering (CSE) requires a minimum of 129 s.h. of credit. Students must have a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 on all college work used to satisfy degree requirements as well as on all work undertaken at the University of Iowa.
The major provides technical depth and breadth as well as flexibility and the opportunity for students to customize their programs according to their own goals and interests. Students choose one of several focus areas according to the type of job or research they plan to pursue; see "Focus Area Courses" below. Students also have the opportunity to work with their academic advisor to build a focus area plan that adheres to their goals and interests.
Students complete the B.S.E. core requirements, which include RHET:1030 Rhetoric, ENGR:1100 Introduction to Engineering Problem Solving, ENGR:1300 Introduction to Engineering Computing, and courses in chemistry, engineering mathematics and fundamentals, and physics.
They also complete the curriculum designed for their major program, which covers four major stems: mathematics and basic sciences, engineering topics, a focus area, and the General Education Component (GEC). For information about the curriculum stems, see the Bachelor of Science in Engineering, B.S.E. in the Catalog.
CSE students must complete core courses; math, science, and communication courses; required computer science and engineering program courses; a constrained program elective course; approved focus area courses; General Education Component (GEC) courses; and a two-semester capstone design sequence.
The B.S.E. with a major in computer science and engineering requires the following coursework.
Core Computing Courses
|All of these:|
|CS:1210||Computer Science I: Fundamentals||4|
|ENGR:1300||Introduction to Engineering Computing||3|
|ENGR:2730||Computers in Engineering||3|
Core Engineering Courses
|All of these:|
|ENGR:1000||Engineering Success for First-Year Students||1|
|ENGR:1100||Introduction to Engineering Problem Solving||3|
Math, Science, and Communication Courses
|All of these:|
|CHEM:1110||Principles of Chemistry I||4|
|PHYS:1611||Introductory Physics I||4|
|PHYS:1612||Introductory Physics II||4|
|MATH:1550||Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus||4|
|MATH:1560||Engineering Mathematics II: Multivariable Calculus||4|
|MATH:2550||Engineering Mathematics III: Matrix Algebra||2|
|MATH:2560||Engineering Mathematics IV: Differential Equations||3|
|STAT:2020||Probability and Statistics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences||3|
Required Program Courses
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|ECE:2400||Linear Systems I||3|
|ECE:2410||Principles of Electronic Instrumentation||4|
|ECE:3000||Electrical and Computer Engineering Professional Seminar||1|
|ECE:3320||Introduction to Digital Design||3|
|ECE:3330||Introduction to Software Design||3|
|ECE:3350||Computer Architecture and Organization||3|
|CS:2230||Computer Science II: Data Structures||4|
|CS:3820||Programming Language Concepts||3|
|One of these:|
|ECE:5330||Graph Algorithms and Combinatorial Optimization||3|
|ECE:5520||Introduction to Information and Coding Theories||3|
|ECE:5810||Formal Methods in Software Engineering||3|
|ECE:5995||Contemporary Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering (when topic is cryptography)||3|
|CS:4330||Theory of Computation||3|
|CS:4350||Logic in Computer Science||3|
|CS:5340||Limits of Computation||3|
|CS:5620||Distributed Systems and Algorithms||3|
|CS:5850||Programming Language Foundations||3|
|CS:5860||Lambda Calculus and Applications||3|
Focus Area Courses
Students select a focus area to personalize their curriculum and to prepare them for certain jobs or research study they intend to seek. A number of areas are available, such as bioinformatics, business, medical imaging, embedded systems, and software engineering. Students also may work with their academic advisor to create a customized plan tailored to their goals and interests.
Students complete six focus area elective courses (17 s.h.), which they select according to guidelines established by the department. For a complete list of focus areas and course selection guidelines, see Focus Areas on the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering website.
Students who choose their focus area and General Education Component (GEC) carefully may be able to earn the Certificate in Sustainability, the Certificate in Technological Entrepreneurship, or one of several undergraduate minors offered by the University by taking minimal additional coursework beyond that required for the computer science and engineering major.
General Education Component
Students are required to take at least 15 s.h. of General Education Component (GEC) courses; see General Education Component on the College of Engineering website.
The requirements are:
Engineering Be Creative
Students complete 3 s.h. A full list of approved courses can be found on the College of Engineering GEC Options: Be Creative Course List web page.
Diversity and Inclusion
Students complete 3 s.h. They must complete 3 s.h. of coursework from the GE CLAS Core Diversity and Inclusion area.
Approved Course Subjects
Students complete 9 s.h. See the College of Engineering GEC Options: Approved Course Subjects web page.
Capstone Design Courses
In their senior year, students complete a two-semester capstone design sequence culminating in the development and implementation of a significant, original project. The capstone design experience emphasizes teamwork, professionalism, open-ended problem solving, and the ability to work within real-world constraints and engineering standards.
|Both of these:|
|ECE:4880||Principles of Electrical and Computer Engineering Design||3|
|ECE:4890||Senior Electrical and Computer Engineering Design||3|
Double Major in Computer Science and Engineering/Electrical Engineering
Students may earn a double major in computer science and engineering (CSE) and electrical engineering (EE). They must satisfy all requirements of the electrical track of the EE major and all requirements of the CSE major.
B.S.E./M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering
The College of Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering/Master of Science for computer science and engineering undergraduate students who intend to earn a M.S. in electrical and computer engineering. B.S.E./M.S. students may take up to 12 s.h. of graduate-level coursework and do thesis-level research while they are still undergraduates. They may count 9 s.h. of graduate coursework toward both degrees. Once students complete the requirements for the bachelor's degree, they are granted the B.S.E., and they normally complete the M.S. one year later.
To be admitted to the degree program, students must have completed at least 80 s.h., must have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.25, and must submit a letter of application to the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. For more information, see Joint B.S./M.S. Degree on the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering website.
The College of Engineering and the Department of Computer Science (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) offer a combined Bachelor of Science in Engineering/Master of Computer Science for computer science and engineering undergraduate students.
The combined degree program allows students to count a limited amount of credit toward both degrees. For more information, see the Master of Computer Science, M.C.S. in the Catalog.
Students who earn a major in computer science and engineering work in research, design, development, manufacturing, sales, market analysis, consulting, field service, and management. They are employed in computer, semiconductor, software, aerospace, telecommunication, medical, radio, television, and power industries, and many graduates pursue entrepreneurial ventures.
The major also prepares students for further study in many areas demanding computational and engineering skill sets.
Engineering Career Services develops and promotes experiential education and professional opportunities for students. Professional staff coordinate the college's co-op and internship program, engage in employer outreach, and provide opportunities for students to network with employers, including an engineering career fair and other career-development programming each semester.
Engineering Career Services also offers individual advising and class presentations on résumé and cover letter preparation, job and internship search strategies, interviewing skills, and job offer evaluation.