Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering


Program Description

The Computer Science and Engineering Department (CSE) is nationally recognized for its high quality of education and research. Our energetic, innovative, and multidisciplinary faculty are committed to excellence in teaching and innovative research programs at the leading edge of computer science and engineering. We have long-standing collaborations with vibrant local, state, and national computer industries including Wright Patterson Air Force Based.

Come and explore the small campus atmosphere where you can feel the sense of community, diversity, and intellectual vigor.

Why choose Computer Engineering?

Imagine creating the "next big thing".

Computer engineers research, design, create, manufacture, test, and improve computer systems. The focus of this major is on hardware and the integration of hardware and software.

Recommended High School Classes

High School classes that will help with your undergraduate degree include:

  • Mathematics: College Algebra/Trigonometry, Probability/Statistics, Geometric Proofs
  • Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and other subjects utilizing the scientific method
  • English: Formal argumentation, critical thinking, clear communication of intent
  • Computer Programming

"Best undergraduate engineering programs," U.S. News & World Report, 2019

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wright State's undergraduate engineering programs as No. 146 among hundreds of engineering programs across the nation. The program faculty are dedicated to student success and offer one-on-one support to all students. The university is also located in Dayton, Ohio, a hub of technical expertise in industrial engineering, human factors engineering, aerospace, unmanned aerial systems, engineering innovation, and more for internships and future career advancement.


With a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, you will be ready for a wide range of jobs. You can design new systems and write new programs to create a more efficient way of doing things. The average starting salary for Computer Engineering graduates was $67,610. (NACE, April 2017)

Job Spotlight from the Bureau of Labour Statistics

Computer Hardware Engineers

  • 2018 Median Pay: $114,600 per year
  • Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Jobs in 2016: 73,600
  • Projected Jobs in 2026: 77,600

Computer Network Architects

  • 2018 Median Pay: $109,020
  • Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Jobs in 2016: 162.700
  • Projected Jobs in 2026: 173,200

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

  • 2018 Median Pay: $82,050
  • Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering
  • Jobs in 2016: 391,300
  • Projected Jobs in 2026: 415,300

Our graduates are employed by:

  • Assured Information Security
  • Ball Aerospace
  • Cerner Corporation
  • Clear Creek Applied Technologies
  • Department of Defense
  • Leidos
  • Marxent
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Siemens
  • Teradata
  • Winsupply

Our graduates work as:

  • Computer Network Operator
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Scientist
  • Design Engineer
  • Hardware Design Engineer
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Administrator

It's never too early—or too late to start managing your career in engineering. Learn more about the Brandeberry Career Development Center.

Real-World Experience

We encourage you to apply skills learned in the classroom through study abroad, undergraduate research, co-op/internships, and/or service-learning. You will learn from qualified professionals who actively work in the field of computer engineering and work on computer engineering projects, allowing you to apply your classroom education to real-world situations.


Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify your desired major on the application. If you meet university admission requirements you are admitted to the college.

If you are a current student and wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major. If you are an undecided/exploratory student, talk to your advisor about majoring in computer engineering.

There are many ways to offset the cost of your degree. With our program, you will be eligible for paid internships starting your sophomore year. There are also scholarships and other financial aid options. For more information check out the university's financial aid section.

Accreditation and Program Outcomes

ABET Accreditation

  • Annual Student Enrollment: 165 Fall 2019
  • Graduation Data: 34 from Fall 2018–Summer 2019

Educational Objectives

Within five years after graduation, graduates of our Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering program shall:

  • Demonstrate employer and peer-recognized expertise as computing and engineering professionals with the ability to analyze, design, and evaluate solutions to complex engineering problems.
  • Demonstrate adaptability to evolving technology and workforce needs through sustained learning applicable to the computer engineering discipline through self-study, professional training programs, and graduate education.
  • Demonstrate engagement in social, ethical, professional, and leadership responsibilities to the discipline through teamwork, professional societies, and computing and engineering-related activities within the community.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a broad spectrum of hardware and software components and their interactions within modern computational systems
  • Demonstrate a commitment to teamwork and working with others of diverse cultural and interdisciplinary backgrounds.

Student Outcomes

Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in computer engineering will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education, necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Wright State University is a nationally ranked public university in Dayton, Ohio with more than 15,000 students Offering 295 degree programs, the university is made up of eight colleges, three schools ... Read More

Wright State University is a nationally ranked public university in Dayton, Ohio with more than 15,000 students Offering 295 degree programs, the university is made up of eight colleges, three schools, and a branch campus in Celina, Ohio. Named for the Wright brothers, Wright State University offers an exceptional, affordable education in the American heartland. Read less