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Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

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May 24, 2023
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About Computer Engineering

Our B.S. in Computer Engineering combines the hardware background and aptitude of electrical engineering with the firmware and software writing skills of computer science. Computer engineers design and build embedded microcontrollers, VLSI chips, analog sensors, mixed signal circuit boards, and operating systems — and guide how these parts integrate into the larger picture.

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Careers in Computer Engineering

The B.S. in Computer Engineering program gives you the broad computational thinking, programming, mathematics. engineering and problem-solving skills you’ll need to succeed as a computing engineer in a range of emerging careers and industries.
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Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Data, the employment of computer hardware engineers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations.

About 4,600 openings for computer hardware engineers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.


Salary Ranges

The BLS reports the median annual wage for computer hardware engineers was $132,360 in May 2022. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $78,380, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $208,200.


The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering degree program encompasses a range of disciplines including engineering, science, and mathematics. The program educates students in the fundamental core of computer engineering and its cutting-edge, high-impact areas. Through consultation with faculty mentors, students in the program choose from concentrations such as Energy, Robotics, Automotive focusing on autonomous and hybrid vehicles, and  Machine Intelligence. The program seeks to inoculate an understanding of the fundamental principles of science and engineering by providing students with experiences in our hallmark design sequence with project-based learning activities and applied research opportunities.



Concentrations in Computer Engineering

Students can design their own four-course concentration within the major based on their personal academic and professional pursuits. This unique combination of courses works in concert with other co- and extra-curricular activities, including research experiences, internships, and a wide variety of opportunities in our student organizations. Advanced Topics offers the student the flexibility in curriculum choices to grow with their changing interests as they look forward to graduation, graduate school, and their professional endeavors.

Students engage in in-depth study of automotive engineering principles, focusing on vehicle design, propulsion systems, and advanced technologies. They gain hands-on experience through projects, learning to optimize vehicle performance, safety, and efficiency.

Energy in engineering is the study and application of thermal, electrical, and kinetic energy in the design and operation of mechanical systems. Energy-related projects undertaken by engineering students include the design of energy-efficient structures, the development of renewable energy systems such as wind and solar power, and the improvement of the energy efficiency of industrial equipment and machinery.

The Machine Intelligence concentration focuses on building a strong foundation in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Students learn programming languages essential for developing AI algorithms. They delve into statistical and mathematical concepts that underpin machine learning algorithms and data analysis. The curriculum covers neural networks, deep learning, and natural language processing, exposing students to advanced AI techniques. Practical application is emphasized through projects where students implement machine learning models and work with real-world datasets. Graduates emerge with a deep understanding of machine intelligence principles and the ability to create intelligent systems that drive innovation across various domains.

Through focused coursework, students delve into robotics principles, learning about sensors, actuators, control systems, and artificial intelligence. They gain hands-on experience by designing and programming robotic prototypes, honing their skills in solving real-world challenges. The curriculum covers areas like robot kinematics, computer vision, and human-robot interaction.

Why Florida Poly?

At Florida Poly, our small campus environment fosters a unique approach to STEM education. Through a curriculum that progresses from freshman to senior year, emphasizing project-based learning, individualized mentorship with faculty, required internships in high-tech industries, and culminating in a senior capstone design project, students are equipped with comprehensive skills and experiences, uniquely preparing them for success in the rapidly advancing tech landscape.  
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At Florida Poly, internships aren't just encouraged—they're a fundamental part of the educational experience. Mandatory for all students, these internships provide direct engagement with high-tech industry leaders. This immersive experience not only provides practical skills but also fosters crucial connections within the industry, frequently paving the way to future employment opportunities for our graduates. 
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Florida Poly's capstone design course is the pinnacle of each students' academic journey, consolidating their four years of learning into a single project. During their senior year, students in this course collaborate with peers from various fields to tackle real-world challenges supported by industry sponsors. Through this interdisciplinary approach, students not only apply theoretical concepts but also gain practical experience, preparing them for successful careers in their respective fields. 
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Armed with the knowledge and skills gained at Florida Poly, especially through internships and capstone projects, our alumni smoothly entered thriving careers in high-tech industries. These hands-on experiences offered invaluable insights and practical expertise, enabling our alumni to innovate and excel in dynamic, leading-edge settings, influencing the trajectory of technology.

Program Educational Objectives

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering degree program is designed to provide a synergetic foundation in the discipline of Electrical Engineering though a broad education experience. The basic required program of instruction in fundamental theory and laboratory practice is balanced by courses in concentration areas in Energy, Robotics, Automotive, and Machine Intelligence complemented with electives in Advanced Topics. The program is directed towards the practical use of scientific, engineering, and technical principles by providing students with experiences in our hallmark design sequence with project-based learning activities and applied research opportunities. Underlying the program is a recognition that the impact of technology upon the quality of life is increasing and that the proper application of technology is critical to meeting current, emerging needs of both industry and society.

Graduates of the Computer Engineering program are expected to develop a solid foundation and professional skills essential for today's workforce, addressing the diverse and evolving role of computer engineers. Within a few years of graduation, graduates should:

  1. Demonstrate competency in mathematics, science, technology, and engineering problem solving in developing solutions in a specialized area of computer engineering either individually or through multidisciplinary teams.
  2. Demonstrate success in technical or business activities through engineering ability, communication, professional and ethical skills and knowledge.
  3. Demonstrate professional growth through post-graduate education, continuing education, or professional activity.

The PEOs can be found in our Program Catalog online, on the Department Page, and on the university’s ABET Accreditation Page.

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the computer engineering degree program, students will attain the following outcomes to be ready to enter professional practice of engineering.

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that met specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informal judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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