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Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering is a hands-on, industry-oriented and career-focused program that blends theory and research with practical engineering fundamentals to prepare you to succeed in this increasingly autonomous and interconnected world. Computer engineers design, program and develop an ever-growing list of embedded products and systems such as smartphones, self-driving vehicles, smart home systems, pacemakers, medical diagnostic equipment, and a variety of other life-saving medical devices.

Why Study Computer Engineering at St. Thomas?

Your St. Thomas Computer Engineering journey consists of a hands-on, experiential learning in small groups facilitated by faculty with real-word experience. You will apply your curiosity and creativity to enhance your understanding of topics in computing systems, digital embedded systems, electronics, artificial intelligence and software engineering. At the same time, you will get a strong foundation in the liberal arts to cultivate critical thinking, oral and written communication and problem-solving skills that will accelerate your path, whether you plan to go into industry or further your academic studies after graduation.

With this in-demand degree, you will be prepared to work in industries focused on artificial intelligence, medical devices, autonomous vehicles, Internet of Things, digital electronics and more. Senior year, you will spend two semesters in our Senior Design Clinic working as part of a team to solve a real-world design challenge provided by an industry partner. This practical challenge mirrors what you will do as a professional engineer and is a critical component of the St. Thomas engineering program.

And the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering is consistently ranked in the top 50 undergraduate engineering schools in the country by US News and World Report.

Ask the Admissions Office for a Visit with Engineering.

We encourage you to request an in-person or virtual visit with our Dean, Dr. Don Weinkauf and/or one of our engineering faculty to help answer your questions, get to know us better, and see why St. Thomas is a great place to study engineering. Click here to get started.

Program Overview

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Senior Design Clinic
  • Course Requirements

    Students earning a BS in Computer Engineering will complete the University of St. Thomas Core Curriculum requirements and Computer Engineering major requirements and allied requirements.

    Computer Engineering Plans of Study

     

    Four-Year Plan

    Your faculty adviser will personalize a four-year plan with you based on your goals. This is one snapshot of how the plan of study for this major can look. Plans of study exist for students who wish to study abroad, double major or for ROTC.  

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.)

    Senior Design Clinic

    The Bachelor of Science program in Computer Engineering lets you participate in meaningful collaborative research with faculty who are designing engineering projects with impact in the world. Recently, St. Thomas computer engineering students worked with Dr. Cheol-Hong Min and several other departments at St. Thomas on a precision agriculture project using a robot they built called “FarmBot” to increase the yield of crops. 100% of engineering students design and solve engineering problems for industry as a part of the Senior Design Clinic.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    Students earning a BS in Computer Engineering will complete the University of St. Thomas Core Curriculum requirements and Computer Engineering major requirements and allied requirements.

    Computer Engineering Plans of Study

     

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    Your faculty adviser will personalize a four-year plan with you based on your goals. This is one snapshot of how the plan of study for this major can look. Plans of study exist for students who wish to study abroad, double major or for ROTC.  

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.)

    Senior Design Clinic

    Senior Design Clinic

    The Bachelor of Science program in Computer Engineering lets you participate in meaningful collaborative research with faculty who are designing engineering projects with impact in the world. Recently, St. Thomas computer engineering students worked with Dr. Cheol-Hong Min and several other departments at St. Thomas on a precision agriculture project using a robot they built called “FarmBot” to increase the yield of crops. 100% of engineering students design and solve engineering problems for industry as a part of the Senior Design Clinic.

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    Become a Global Engineer

    Dual Degree in German and Engineering

    Combining engineering with the knowledge of German and intercultural competence through a year abroad, the German and Engineering dual degree program prepares graduates for meaningful careers in a globally minded and diverse world. The combination of foreign language and engineering studies lets students apply their language and culture skills to engineering and vice versa.

    Learn more about the Dual Degree Program
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    Career Paths

    • Data Analyst/Engineer
    • Medical Device Engineer
    • Control System Engineer
    • Embedded Software Engineer
    • Internet of Things (IoT) Engineer
    • Network Engineer
    • Software Engineer
    • Computer Engineer

    Jobs and Internships

    • Every engineering student participates in our Senior Design Clinic where they design and solve an engineering problem for industry.
    • 80% of engineering students graduate with a technical internship in industry (Many with more than one!)
    • Meet the Engineers is the School of Engineering’s Reverse Career Fair and it is held every fall. St. Thomas engineering students interested in full-time employment and internships represent themselves with a poster board and standby as prospective employers, many of whom are engineering alumni, walk and talk with students about their particular goals, interests and talents.
    • Over 600 companies are within 20 minutes of campus including: 3M, Honeywell, Ecolab, Polaris, Medtronic, Cargill, Xcel Energy, Cargill, Graco, Boston Scientific.

    Affordability and Outcomes

    Scholarships at St. Thomas

    97% of first-year students receive merit scholarships that bring the average tuition cost down to $21,000 per year.

    Scholarships for Engineering Students

    Several competitive scholarships are available for first-year students planning to major in engineering, science and mathematics. There are also undergraduate scholarships available for returning engineering students each academic year.

    $114K

    is the median annual pay for computer engineers in 2018.

    Quick Facts

    80%
    of our engineering students graduate with a technical internship or co-op industry experience. (Many with more than one.)
    100%
    of computer engineering students design and solve an engineering problem for industry as a part of the St. Thomas Engineering Senior Design Clinic.

    The St. Thomas Experience

    A student holds the wireless module being used for a senior design project.

    It takes more than theory to transform an idea into useful technology for our society. St. Thomas engineers emerge with practical, hands-on experience, the power of strong communication skills and the broad perspective of a liberal arts education. Our rigorous engineering programs are designed to transform the young creative minds of our students into engineers who can truly make a difference in the world.

    Dr. Don Weinkauf, Dean of the School of Engineering