Bachelor Computer Engineering


Program Description

In the T.J. Smull College of Engineering, you’ll gain a solid foundation in the computer engineering field. You’ll take courses in electric circuits, embedded systems, and computer architecture. If you’re passionate about a particular subject – like computer networks, digital image processing or robotics – you can choose from a variety of upper-level elective courses in these areas.

Our academic program is rigorous. Expect to work hard and be challenged. However, we offer a supportive and collaborative environment. Your professors and fellow students in the college will become your friends and family. You will have the opportunity to connect with ONU alumni and they will help you succeed and open doors for you.

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for whatever the future holds, whether it’s working in computer security, designing software and hardware, or starting your own company!

Find solutions to real problems

Your computer engineering education will blend challenging coursework with hands-on, real-world learning experiences. You’ll work on team projects and solve engineering challenges for actual clients as early as your first year. By the time you are a senior, you will tackle a capstone project that will use all that you've learned. You’ll apply the knowledge you learn in class, but, more importantly, you will have the opportunity to hone skills in leadership, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship. These skills will help you find a job and land that promotion.


The Ultimate Learning Environment

We are overjoyed to open the brand new James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building this fall. The 105,000-square-foot facility is able to accommodate 600 students and includes more than 10,000 square feet of a large-scale project and design space for capstone projects, competitive design projects, and other direct industry engagement. Further, it provides flexible space that can be adjusted to various projects and features more than 2,000 square feet for research labs that can exist on their own or can be combined into larger spaces for bigger projects.

Get A High-Impact Head Start

We boast a 100 percent placement rate for students in co-op employment opportunities, which begin in the second semester of the junior year and continue for one year. Our computer engineering students co-op at well-known companies like RoviSys, Battelle, IBM, Timken, Rockwell Automation, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. Computer engineering had a 100 percent placement rate for graduates six months after graduation in recent years.

Learning Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives: Graduates of the computer engineering program are expected to attain the following attributes:

  • Success in their chosen career.
  • Engagement in continuing professional development.
  • Effectiveness in communicating with those both inside and outside of computer engineering.
  • A predisposition toward practicing the professional, ethical and moral responsibilities of computer engineers.
  • Readiness to accept challenging assignments and responsibilities.

Student Outcomes: By the time of graduation, students majoring in computer engineering will have:

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

Accreditation: The degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCPE) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


Get involved

Join a professional organization and you’ll learn about opportunities in your field and meet new people. ONU’s chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), for example, provides access to social and networking events and fast-paced competitions like the ACM Programming Contest, in which student teams scramble to solve problems and submit solutions as programs in C, C++ or Java.

Joint Engineering Council (JEC)

This group represents the study body of the College of Engineering. Members work closely with the dean of the College of Engineering, the faculty and our student organizations. Its purpose is to cultivate greater cooperation and communication between all groups.

Tau Beta Pi

This national honorary engineering association is for juniors who are in the upper 12.5 percent of their class and seniors who are in the upper 20 percent of their class.

Polar Robotics Club

This group of students designs and builds multiple robotic football players (quarterbacks, centers, linemen, running backs, wide receivers and a kicker) to compete in an annual robotics football match up against undergraduate engineering students from the University of Notre Dame.

Innovators of Ohio Northern (ION)

This new group is for innovative students interested in physical space and design. The group’s focus is on improving the physical environments in which students learn on campus.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

This professional organization promotes the advancement and exchange of information in the computing field. Members have access to the latest publications and online resources to stay up-to-date in the fast-paced and ever-changing world of computing.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

This professional organization is open to male and female engineers who are dedicated to making known the need for more female engineers and for encouraging young women to consider majoring in engineering. ONU’s chapter provides support for its female students and hosts social activities.

Phi Sigma Rho

This group is a social sorority for women in engineering or engineering technology. Sisters develop the highest standard of personal integrity, strive for academic excellence and build friendships that last a lifetime.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon

This honorary recognizes outstanding talent in the field of computer science, promotes high scholarship and encourages individual contributions to society through computing science.

Theta Tau

Theta Tau is the oldest, largest and foremost coed fraternity for engineers. ONU’s chapter helps members develop and maintain a high standard of professionalism while forming lasting friendships. All engineering majors are encouraged to join.


You’ll need 128 credit hours to earn your Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCPE). We encourage you to use your elective hours to pursue a minor of your choice or a concentration. Two concentrations are currently available to computer engineering majors. The concentrations require both specific and elective courses. In addition to the regular degree program in computer engineering, several interdisciplinary programs are available to students. They include (but are not limited to) a business administration minor and an entrepreneurship minor.


Think Success

Robert Anderson BSCPE ’14

“Being a computer engineer puts your problem-solving skills to the test. I really enjoy working with engineers around the globe to meet a common goal. It’s also rewarding to know that I’ve contributed to Rockwell products that are being used to produce billions of consumer products worldwide – from cars to milk cartons and everything in between.”

Robert Anderson graduated in 2014 with his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. On campus, he was active in Greek life, serving as an executive member of Delta Sigma Phi and the governing body for all fraternities on campus. He also was active in the ONU chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. His junior year, he had a co-op at Rockwell Automation, which led to a full-time job offer upon graduation. Today, he’s an embedded software engineer at Rockwell, responsible for designing, implementing, testing and maintaining firmware for the company’s industrial control products.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University located in the scenic village of Ada, Ohio. The University comprises five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, E ... Read More

Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University located in the scenic village of Ada, Ohio. The University comprises five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law. Since our inception in 1871, we’ve been devoted to developing students who are ready to immerse themselves and progress to the next level? in everything they do. Read less