Computer Engineering

Students who have an interest in solving problems and finding out how things work are encouraged to consider a career in computer engineering. Computer engineers design and build computers and digital systems of all sizes: large systems that predict the weather, simulate physical systems and environments (e.g., virtual reality), and handle banking and airline reservations; tiny computers that are inside automobiles, appliances, CD players and cellular phones; and personal computers used in offices and homes everywhere. Computer engineers also design and develop the programs that control the operation of these computers and enable them to perform an endless variety of innovative tasks.

Program Overview

The computer engineering curriculum provides a balance between theory and practice that prepares the graduate for both immediate employment and continued study. The process of engineering design is emphasized throughout the curriculum by including open-ended problems with realistic design constraints. Creativity, consideration of economic and social factors, and the application of systematic design procedures are required in major design projects during the senior year.

Special Features

  • Fully equipped laboratories offer students ample resources in computing equipment, including Pentium computers and the latest high performance workstations running the full suite of Mentor Graphics Computer Aided Design software, the same software that is used by the most successful high technology companies. In addition, the department maintains laboratories for digital and analog circuit design, electric machines, physical electronics, telecommunications system design, and multimedia software development.
  • The MESA Engineering Program (MEP) provides assistance to ensure student success. The development of academic excellence is fostered through a coordinated program of advising, mentoring, tutoring, group study and many other support services. In addition, the College of Engineering sponsors the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Pre-College Program, which operates in many local high schools to encourage entrance into math-based careers. For additional information, please contact MEP at (619) 594-0232.
  • Student organizations. SDSU has many engineering organizations that provide social activities and professional development. Some of these are: Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society; Eta Kappa Nu, a national electrical engineering honor society; The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a student chapter and national professional society; Society of Women Engineers; Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; National Society of Black Engineers and Associated Engineering Student Council.

    These organizations participate in many events throughout the year. Becoming active in any of these organizations will give you opportunities to develop your leadership skills and your ability to interact with others who have similar interests. Working on special projects such as the solar powered car will develop your "hands-on" skills and allow you to compete with students from universities in other states and countries. In addition, SDSU offers a rich variety of social, recreational, cultural, and athletic activities throughout the academic year.

Career Opportunities

Engineers earn considerably more than other graduates who begin a career with a Bachelor of Science degree. Employment offers vary by region, company, and amount of experience. San Diego has many large telecommunications and electronic firms that employ electrical and computer engineers. SDSU Career Services offers career counseling for students which includes managing cooperative education and internship programs, helping students to improve their job-hunting skills, and providing opportunities for graduating students to interview with companies.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Web site for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Computer Engineering program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.