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Computer Engineering Technology BS degree

James Lee, Acting Department Chair
585-475-2899, jhleme@rit.edu

Program overview

Computer engineers design embedded systems for medical diagnostic equipment, digital cameras, missile guidance systems, anti-lock braking systems, scanners, copiers, autonomous vehicles, routers, and smart phones. The embedded systems designer must be proficient with both computer hardware and software skills.

The computer engineering technology major is designed to meet industry’s ever-increasing need for engineers with an in-depth knowledge of hardware and software design.  The curriculum bridges the gap between hardware and software by providing a solid foundation in each and integrating them with intensive classroom and laboratory experiences.

From a software perspective, students gain experience in cutting-edge development with programming languages currently used in industry. Students learn industry standard approaches to application software development and state-of-the-art problem solving techniques. Students learn to develop applications code and firmware, and they understand and appreciate the differences between them. Students utilize embedded "C" real time operating systems programming in numerous courses.

The hardware focus of the curriculum is on digital systems design and development. From low-level gate design to high-end microprocessors and current bus standards, students gain an architectural understanding of computer systems. The curriculum includes in-depth design and analysis of combinational logic, sequential logic and state machines, micro-controller systems, microprocessor systems, and state-of-the-art computer technology. Students perform  FPGA development and design in a hardware description language using industry standard computer-aided engineering tools.

A capstone experience in the fifth year enables students to integrate their hardware and software expertise in a semester-long project course.

Plan of study

The emphasis on hardware and software design, along with a solid foundation in math, science, and the liberal arts, produces graduates who are well-prepared to enter the work force as design engineers or pursue advanced degrees. Computer engineering technology majors will gain an in depth of knowledge and a breadth of experience that inspires them to pursue successful careers in their chosen professional field and embark on a path of lifelong learning.

Options

Students who wish to specialize in a particular area of industry, or those who desire to pursue a personal interest, may elect to use electives to complete a four-course option in audio or telecommunications.

Cooperative education

Cooperative education, or co-op, is an increasingly valuable integrated, co-curricular experience required by many programs in the college. Students gain real-world experience and make life-long professional connections while earning a salary, which may help offset college costs. Engineering technology students are required to complete four co-op blocks. This typically includes one spring, one fall, and two summer terms, alternating periods of full-time study with full-time paid work experience in their career field. In some circumstances other forms of experiential education, such as study abroad, research, or military service, may be used to fulfill part of the co-op requirement. Each student is assigned a co-op adviser to assist in identifying and applying to co-op opportunities.

Accreditation

The computer engineering technology major is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Curriculum

Computer engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MATH-111 Pre-Calculus 3
EEET-111 DC Circuits 3
EEET-112 DC Circuits Lab 1
CPET-141 Digital Fundamentals 2
CPET-142 Digital Fundamentals Lab 1
MATH-171 LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Calculus A 3
EEET-121 AC Circuits 3
EEET-122 AC Circuits Lab 1
CPET-121 Computational Problem Solving I 3
ACSC-010 Year One 0
  First Year Writing  3
  First Year LAS Elective 3
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
  LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
MATH-172 LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Calculus B 3
EEET-211 Electronics I 3
EEET-212 Electronics I Lab 1
PHYS-111 LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): College Physics I 4
MATH-211 Elements of Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations 3
EEET-221 Electronics II 2
EEET-222 Electronics II Lab 1
CPET-233 Digital Systems Design 3
CPET-251 Microcontroller Systems 3
CPET-252 Microcontroller Systems Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 3 (global) 3
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles) 4
Third Year
STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I 3
EEET-331 Signals Systems and Transforms 3
EEET-332 Signals Systems and Transforms Lab 1
CPET-343 Hardware Description Language 3
CPET-321 Computational Problem Solving II 3
EEET-299 EET Career Orientation 1
CPET-499 Cooperative Education (spring) Co-op
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Fourth Year
CPET-481 Networking Technologies 3
EEET-425 Digital Signal Processing (WI) 4
EEET-421, 422 Design Thinking and Innovation 2
EEET-421, 422 Design Thinking and Innovation Lab 1
MFET-436 Engineering Economics 3
CPET-561 Embedded Systems Design I 4
Choose one of the following: 3
   SWEN-563    Real Time and Embedded Systems  
   CPET-461    Real Time Operating Systems  
CPET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  Technical Electives 6
Fifth Year
CPET-499 Cooperative Education (summer, fall) Co-op
CPET-563 Embedded Systems Design II 3
  General Education Elective 4
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 128

Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

Options

Students may choose to use their two technical electives and two free electives to complete an option in audio or telecommunications.

Audio
EEET-261 Fundamentals of Audio Engineering
EEET-361 Modern Audio Production
Choose two of the following:
   CPET-421    Applied Audio Programming
   EEET-451    3D Audio Theory and Practice
   EEET-461    Introduction to Acoustics
   EEET-561    Audio Power Amplifier
Telecommunications
CPET-481 Network Technologies
EEET-313 Communications Electronics
EEET-525 Wireless RF Systems
EEET-531 Fiber Optics Technology

Accelerated dual degree option

Accelerated dual degree options are for undergraduate students with outstanding academic records. Upon acceptance, well-qualified undergraduate students can begin graduate study before completing their BS degree, shortening the time it takes to earn both degrees. Students should consult an academic adviser for more information.

Computer engineering technology, BS degree/Computer science, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MATH-171 LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Calculus A 3
EEET-111 DC Circuits 3
EEET-112 DC Circuits Lab 1
CPET-141 Digital Fundamentals 2
CPET-142 Digital Fundamentals Lab 1
MATH-172 LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Calculus B 3
EEET-121 AC Circuits 3
EEET-122 AC Circuits Lab 1
CPET-121 Computational Problem Solving I 3
ACSC-010 Year One 0
  First Year Writing 3
  First Year LAS Elective 3
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
  LAS Perspective 2 (social) 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
EEET-211 Electronics I 3
EEET-212 Electronics I Lab 1
CPET-201 Microcontroller Systems 2
CPET-202 Microcontroller Systems Lab 1
CHMG-141 LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
MATH-211 Elements of Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations 3
EEET-221 Electronics II 2
EEET-222 Electronics II Lab 1
CPET-241 Digital Systems Design 3
CPET-242 Digital Systems Design Lab 1
STAT-251 Probability and Statistics I 3
  LAS Perspective 3 (global) 3
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  LAS Elective 3
Third Year
MATH-190 Discrete Math for Computing 3
EEET-321 Signals Systems and Transforms 4
CPET-341 Hardware Description Language 2
CPET-342 Hardware Description Language Lab 1
CPET-321 Computational Problem Solving II 3
EEET-299 Career Orientation 1
CPET-499 Cooperative Education (spring/summer) Co-op
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Fourth Year
Choose one of the following: 3
   CSCI-262    Introduction to Computer Science Theory  
   CSCI-263    Honors Introduction to Computer Science Theory  
PHYS-111 LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): College Physics I 4
EEET-421 Design Innovation (WI) 2
EEET-422 Design Innovation Lab 1
MFET-436 Engineering Economics 3
CPET-561 Embedded Systems Design I 4
Choose one of the following: 3
   CPET-461    Real Time Operating Systems 3
   SWEN-563    Real Time Embedded Systems  
CSCI-605 Advanced Java Programming 3
CPET-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
  LAS Immersion 2 3
Fifth Year
CPET-481 Networking Technologies 3
EEET-425 Digital Signal Processing 4
CPET-563 Embedded Systems Design II 3
  Graduate Electives 6
  Free Elective 3
  Technical Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
Sixth Year
CSCI-790 Computer Science MS Thesis 6
  Graduate Computer Science Electives 12
Total Semester Credit Hours 151

Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

Admission requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • 3 years of math required; pre-calculus recommended
  • Chemistry or physics required; biology recommended
  • Technology electives desirable

SAT (EBRW+M)
1190 -1350

ACT Composite
25-31

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree

Courses in computer science, math, science, engineering science, and engineering technology

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer

Computer technology, electrical or electronic technology, or computer science




Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this program's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
 

Program overview

Embedded systems are at the heart of devices and systems used every day. Computer engineers design embedded systems for medical diagnostic equipment, digital cameras, missile guidance systems, anti-lock braking systems, scanners, copiers, switches, routers, and cell phones. The embedded systems designer requires knowledge of computer hardware and software.

The computer engineering technology program is designed to meet industry’s ever-increasing need for engineers with an in-depth knowledge of hardware and software design and development. The curriculum bridges the gap between these two disciplines by providing a solid foundation in each and integrating them with intensive classroom and laboratory experiences.

From a software perspective, students gain a strong background in cutting-edge development with programming languages currently used in industry. Students learn industry standard approaches to application software development as well as state-of-the-art problem-solving techniques. Students learn techniques for developing applications code and firmware, and they understand and appreciate the difference. Embedded “C” and assembly language programming are performed in numerous courses.

The hardware focus of the curriculum is on digital systems design and development. From low-level gate design to high-end microprocessors and current bus standards, students gain an architectural understanding of computer systems. The curriculum includes in-depth design and analysis of combinational logic, sequential logic and state machines, micro-controller systems, microprocessor systems, and state-of-the-art computer technology. Students perform schematic entry timing analysis and FPGA development in VHDL using industry standard computer-aided engineering tools.

A capstone experience in the fifth year enables students to integrate their hardware and software expertise in a quarter-long project course.

The emphasis on hardware and software design, along with a solid foundation in math, science, and the liberal arts, produces graduates who are well-prepared to enter the work force as design engineers or to pursue advanced degrees. Students will gain depth of knowledge and breadth of experience that will inspire them to pursue successful careers in their chosen professional field and embark on a path of lifelong learning.

Cooperative education

The program requires students to complete five quarters of cooperative education. Students may begin their co-op experience in the third year of the program. Co-ops may be completed during the academic year or during the summer. Each student is assigned a co-op adviser to assist in identifying opportunities.

Accreditation

The computer engineering technology program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Computer engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0609-051, 052 Discovery, Pathways 2
0618-231, 232 Technical Programming I, II 8
0618-301 Digital Fundamentals 4
0609-214, 215, 216 Circuit Theory I, II, III 12
1016-261, 262 Calculus with Foundations I, II 8
1016-272 Calculus B 4
0618-303 Microcomputers 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
1016-319 Data Analysis 4
0618-233 Technical Programming III 4
0609-360, 361 Electronics I, II 8
1017-211, 212, 213 College Physics I, II, III 12
  Liberal Arts* 12
1016-273 Calculus C 4
Third Year
0618-438 Digital Systems Design I 4
0618-439 Electronic Design Automation 4
  Technical Elective 4
0609-407 Career Orientation 1
0614-477 Networking Technologies 4
1017-320 Principles of Optics 4
1016-304 Differential Equations for Engineering Technology 4
0535-403 Effective Technical Communication 4
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
0618-561, 562 Embedded Systems Design I, II 8
0609-333 Concepts in Systems and Signals 4
  Professional Concentration Elective 4
0609-442 Advanced Electronics 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Free Elective 4
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
0618-563 Embedded Systems Design III 4
  Professional Concentration Electives 8
  Liberal Arts* 4
0614-440 Ethics, Economics, and Planning for Engineers 4
  Free Electives 8
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Total Quarter Credit Hours 187

*Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

†Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Computer engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MATH-171 LAS Perspective 7A: Calculus A 3
EEET-111 DC Circuits 3
EEET-112 DC Circuits Lab 1
CPET-141 Digital Fundamentals 2
CPET-142 Digital Fundamentals Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
MATH-172 LAS Perspective 7B: Calculus B 3
EEET-121 AC Circuits 3
EEET-122 AC Circuits Lab 1
CPET-121 Computational Problem Solving I 3
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar  3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
MATH-173 Calculus C 3
EEET-211 Electronics I 3
EEET-212 Electronics I Lab 1
CPET-201 Microcontroller Systems  2
CPET-202 Microcontroller Systems Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
CHMG-141 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
MATH-211 Calculus and DEQ 3
EEET-221 Electronics II 2
EEET-222 Electronics II Lab 1
CPET-241 Digital Systems Design 3
CPET-242 Digital Systems Design Lab 1
STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I 3
Third Year
PHYS-111 LAS Perspective 6: College Physics I 4
EEET-321 Signals Systems and Transforms 4
CPET-341 Hardware Description Language 2
CPET-342 Hardware Description Language Lab 1
CPET-321 Computational Problem Solving II 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
EEET-299 Career Orientation 0
CPET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
CPET-481 Networking Technologies 3
EEET-425 Digital Signal Processing 4
EEET-421 Design and Innovation (WI) 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  Technical Electives  6
MFET-436 Engineering Economics 3
CPET-561 Embedded Systems Design I 4
CPET-461 Real Time Operating Systems 3
CPET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
CPET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
CPET-563 Embedded Systems Design II 3
  General Education Electives 6
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 129

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Electives

There is a need in the computer industry for professionals with diversified areas of expertise. The program requires a three-course professional concentration sequence that allows students to customize their education yet ensures depth of knowledge in a subject matter beyond the core curriculum. Concentrations are offered in computer science, systems administration, IT wireless networks, telecommunications, and communications systems.

Computer science

4003-263 Computer Science for Transfers
4003-450 Programming Language Concepts
4003-440 Operating Systems I

Systems administration

4050-402 OS Scripting
4050-421 Systems Administration I
4050-516 Network Services

IT wireless networks

4050-351 Network Fundamentals
4050-403 Concepts of Wireless Networking
4050-413 Applications of Wireless Networks

Telecommunications

0614-271 Telecommunications Fundamentals
0614-465,466 Voice Communications Technology
0614-475 Switching Technologies

Communication systems

0609-363 Electronics IV
0609-534 Communication Systems I
0609-547 Digital Signal Processing

In addition to the professional concentration electives, the curriculum has three free electives that may be used to pursue minors, to provide additional technical expertise for greater career specialization, or to explore courses that fulfill personal interests.

Accelerated dual degree option

The program, in conjunction with the department of computer science in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, offers an accelerated dual degree option that combines the bachelor’s degree in computer engineering technology and a master’s degree in computer science in a cohesive, five-year curriculum.

Applications to this program are accepted from matriculated undergraduate computer engineering technology students who have completed all the courses in the first five quarters of the baccalaureate program and have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.4 (out of 4.0). At least 55 quarter credit hours must have been earned at RIT. This program requires the maintenance of at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and at least a 3.0 in the 45 quarter credit hours directly applicable to the master of science degree.