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Computer Engineering BS

In our computer engineering degree you'll design computer hardware, components, and software in order to develop next-generation products and appliances that contain embedded systems.

Program skills

Competencies include Software Systems, Circuits and electronics, Digital systems and IC design, Computer networks, Robotics, Embedded Systems, Hardware-software interfaces, Computer architecture, Digital signal processing. Students design and build computing and electronic devices such as a heart-beat monitor, autonomous vehicles, and audio/video processing systems.

Computer languages: JAVA, C++, C, Assembly, VHDL, Matlab, Python, UNIX, Linux, Solaris, VMS, Windows

Program facilities equipment

Digital Computer Organization and CUDA Laboratory, NXP Embedded Systems Laboratory, Harris Senior Design Laboratory, Computer Engineering Mentoring Laboratory, Digital IC Design Laboratory, NanoComputing Research Laboratory, Real-time Vision & Image Processing Laboratory, Networking and Information Processing Laboratory, High Performance Architectures Laboratory, Multi-core Systems Laboratory, Cryptographic Engineering Laboratory, Machine Intelligence Laboratory.

Program job titles reported

Associate Software Engineer; Computer Engineer; DevOps Engineer; Engineer; Electrical Engineer; Embedded Software Engineer; Firmware Engineer: Full Stack Software Developer; Sales Engineer; Software Developer; Software Engineer; Test Automation Engineer; Automation Engineer; Chemical Process Engineer; Manufacturing Engineer; Process Engineer; Project Engineer; Quality Engineer; Reliability Engineer; Semiconductor Engineer; Water Engineer

Program significant points

  • Nearly everything we touch each day, from coffee makers to smartphones, wearable devices, and cars is powered by computing systems designed and built by computer engineers.
  • The Internet of things (IoT) extends from homes for automation to manufacturing with sensors and actuators. Today’s vehicles are equipped with multiple computing subsystems.

Select program hiring partners

Accenture; Advanced Micro Devices; Alion Science and Technology; Annapolis Micro Systems; Baker Hughes; Bose; Collins Aerospace; Council Rock Enterprises; Critical Link; D3 Engineering LLC; Datto; Department of Defense; IBM; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; L3Harris Technologies; Lockheed Martin; Microsoft; MIT Lockheed Martin; Northrup Grumman; Parsons; Tesla; The Boeing Company; Thermo Fisher Scientific; Xelic


Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 97.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 2.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 97.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 2.00%
Alternative Plans 0%


The BS program in computer engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Visit the college's accreditation page for information on enrollment and graduation data, program educational objectives, and student outcomes.

Cooperative Education

What’s different about RIT’s engineering education? It’s the opportunity to complete engineering co-ops and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart.

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.

The computer engineering degree requires students to complete four blocks (48 weeks) of cooperative education experience. After completing the first two years of course work, you'll spend the next two years alternating course work on campus with cooperative education experience. This employment not only adds real experience to your resume, but prepares you for more sophisticated academic work. Students have completed co-ops at companies as Motorola, Intel, Advanced Micro Devices, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Eastman Kodak Company, and for the federal government, as well as a host of smaller companies. Co-op has taken our students from the high-tech corridors of New England and California to businesses close to their hometowns. Students have worked on product development teams for companies like IBM, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, and Kodak. They have also worked on software projects for smaller companies and the government.

During co-op experiences, computer engineering students have been on product development teams for new computers and electronic imaging systems as well as a variety of large software projects for industry and government.