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Computer Engineering Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

(Effective for Freshmen Matriculating in Fall 2012)

The basic Computer Engineering curriculum requires 122 credits for graduation. The courses comprising these credits can be categorized into seven areas:

  • Lower-level Mathematics and Basic Science Courses
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Disciplinary Foundation of Computer Engineering
  • Computer Engineering Technical Electives
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Professional Writing
  • CORE (General Education Requirements)

Lower-level Mathematics and the Basics Science Courses - 25 credits

These courses cover the mathematical techniques and scientific principles upon which engineering is based and include the following:

  • MATH140: Calculus I (4 credits)
  • MATH141: Calculus II (4 credits)
  • MATH246: Differential Equations for Scientists & Engineers (3 credits)
  • CMSC250: Discrete Structures ( 4 credits)
  • PHYS161: General Physics, Mechanics and Particles Dynamics (3 credits)
  • PHYS260/261: General Physics, Vibrations, Waves, Heat, and E/M (4 credits)
  • CHEM135: General Chemistry for Engineers (3 credits)

Introduction to Engineering Design - 3 credits

This requirement is fulfilled by completing:

  • ENES100: Introduction to Engineering Design, covers basic science and engineering principles.You will be assigned to a team that will prepare reports and presentations that summarize the design process and product performance of a specific technological device. You will learn how to work successfully in teams, expand your understanding of group dynamics, and improve your communication skills. You will develop various computer skills including familiarity with internet and library databases for research, basic spread sheets, and essential word processor and graphical presentation software. Other objectives include learning about the role engineers play in modern society and an introduction to engineering ethics concepts.

Disciplinary Foundation of Computer Engineering - 48 credits

This area consists of core courses in both electrical engineering (30 credits) and computer science (18 credits).

For the electrical engineering component, students are required to take courses that cover the fundamental electrical engineering concepts and laboratory skills common to any professional working in the field of computer engineering.

  • ENEE205: Electric Circuits (4 credits)
  • ENEE222: Elements of Discrete Signal Analysis (4 credits)
  • ENEE244: Digital Logic Design (3 credits)
  • ENEE245: Fundamental Digital Circuits and Systems Lab (2 credits)
  • ENEE303: Analog and Digital Electronics (3 credits)
  • ENEE307: Electronic Circuit Design Laboratory (2 credits)
  • ENEE322: Signal and System Theory (3 credits)
  • ENEE324: Engineering Probability (3 credits)
  • ENEE350: Computer Organization (3 credits)
  • ENEE446: Digital Computer Design (3 credits)

For the computer science component students are required to complete a rigorous introduction to computer programming through a Java-based sequence of courses.

  • CMSC132: Object Oriented Programming II (4 credits)*
  • CMSC216: Introduction to Computer Systems (4 credits)
  • CMSC330: Organization of Programming Languages (3 credits)
  • CMSC351: Algorithms (3 credits)
  • CMSC412: Operating Systems (4 credits)

*Students are required to complete CMSC131 prior to taking CMSC132 unless they have AP credit for CMSC131 (5 on the JAVA A exam, 4 or 5 on the JAVA AB) or have satisfactorily passed the Computer Science exemption exam.

Computer Engineering Technical Electives - 22 credits

Students must complete 22 credits of computer engineering technical spanning these six different categories:

  • Category A: Mathematics and Basic Sciences (Minimum 6 credits)
  • Category B: Computer Science Theory and Applications (Minimum 3 credits)
  • Category C: Electrical Engineering Theory and Applications (Minimum 3 credits)
  • Category D: Advanced Laboratory (Minimum 2 credits)
  • Category E: Capstone Design (Minimum 3 credits)
  • Category F: General Technical Electives (Minimum 3 credits)

An additional 2 credits must be selected from any of the categories A-F.

For a list of courses approved for each category, please see the Computer Engineering Technical Electives page.

Engineering Ethics - 3 credits

Because of the strong symbiotic relationship between engineering and society, as well as the important role ethics plays in engineering practice, ECE requires electrical engineering majors to complete the following course:

  • ENEE200: Social and Ethical Dimensions of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (3 credits)

Professional Writing - 3 credits

The required course to satisfy the Professional Writing requirement is:

  • ENGL393: Technical Writing

NOTE: Engineering students are not exempt from this requirement even if they earn an 'A' in ENGL101.

General Education Requirements

A degree from the University of Maryland signifies more than just mere technical or narrowly defined career training. Students are offered a liberal education that prepares them to achieve the intellectual integration and awareness they need to meet challenges in their personal, social, political, and professional lives. As such, all graduates are required to complete the University's general education requirements. Students must complete a minimum of 40 credit hours in general education. The equivalent of twenty-two (22) of these credits can be satisfied by simply completing the requirements of the major. Thus, general education typically requires students to complete an additional eighteen (18) credits beyond the major requirements. For details on the general education program please visit the General Education website.