Computer Engineering

B.S. in Computer Engineering

Why study Computer Engineering?

Computer engineering is the design and analysis of computer hardware and software. The computer engineering program at the University of Cincinnati integrates pertinent science and mathematics courses with electrical engineering and computer courses in order to develop an engineer capable of designing and analyzing all aspects of modern computer systems. 

Admission Requirements

Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank, GPA and co-curricular activities. Please see the Freshman Class Profile for this major in the Quick Facts sidebar on this page for the range of academic credentials typically accepted into this program. Test scores in the lower range may be acceptable with higher class rank and/or GPA. 

Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college preparatory subjects:

  • English (4 units)
  • Mathematics, including algebra, geometry, and either pre-calculus or calculus (4 units)
  • Science, including Chemistry and Physics (3 units)
  • Social sciences (3 units)
  • Electives (5 unit)

Successful computer engineers have a strong foundation in math and science. Skills in calculus and physics are particularly important. Computer engineers are problem solvers and enjoy thinking outside of the box to develop creative solutions to problems. 

Graduates of this major pursue many different careers.  A few examples include:

  • Technology and computer design
  • Hardware/software engineering
  • Computer testing
  • Computer manufacturing

Electrical and computer engineering undergraduates have the option of selecting one of two minors offered by the department. The first is photonic communication. Photonic systems utilize light to enhance system performance.  These systems are increasingly being used in applications such as CD players, high speed communication networks, cable television, optical storage such as CD ROM and medical instrumentation. 

The second optional minor program is Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) systems engineering.  This program is the first of its kind in the nation and is designed to produce qualified VLSI design and test specialists who help to maintain the competitive edge of U.S. computer and semiconductor industries in the emerging world markets. 

Over $5 million has been spent on teaching laboratory upgrades over the past five years. These facilities are available to students year round, 24 hours per day. 

Students typically have a 100 percent success rate on the initial state board examination required of graduates for the state of Ohio professional engineering registration. 

Many computer engineering students are eagerly recruited by nationally prominent industries and consistently receive starting salaries well above the national average.  Others become successful entrepreneurs. Those who apply to graduate school are readily accepted by the nation’s top institutions. 

Transfer students in good standing from accredited colleges and universities will be considered for admission to the college at the first, second and third-year levels. The degree requirement of professional practice experience normally precludes acceptance beyond the third-year level. For further detailed information such as required grade point average, please refer to

Students changing majors from outside programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.

International students must display proficiency in the English language through successful completion of the TOEFL.  The College of Engineering and Applied Science requires a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (internet-based test). 

International applicants who score a minimum of 480 on the critical reading portion of the SAT will not be required to take the TOEFL. 

Application Deadlines

Freshmen must begin the program during fall semester. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. High school students who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by December 1 of their senior year. 

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The computer engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Contact Information

Office of Undergraduate Student Enrollment
College of Engineering
653 Baldwin Hall, PO Box 210018
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0018

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