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Computer Engineering, BSCMPE

About the Program

The Computer Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Electrical and Computer engineering encompasses all areas of research, development, design, and operation of electrical and electronic systems and their components, including software. Emphasis in such varied areas as bioengineering, circuit theory, communication sciences, computers and automata, control systems, electromagnetic fields, energy sources and systems, and materials and electronic devices is available. Two degree programs are offered by the School: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCmpE).

Engineers in both fields must have a strong background in mathematics and physics, a broad base in the humanities, and a command of the English language in order to provide the scope of knowledge essential for optimum professional growth. The curriculum offered by the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering meets these objectives.

Graduates from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering are sought after by all major industries. Electrical engineers hold many unusual and challenging positions in the aerospace, chemical, nuclear, automotive, medical, metallurgical, textile, railway, petroleum, and other basically non-electrical industries, as well as in computers, electronics, communications, power, and other electrical industries. Their professional roles span industrial activity, research, development, design, production, marketing, operation, field testing, and maintenance of many types of equipment for government, industry, farm, and home.

Two degree programs are offered by the school:

Electrical Engineering encompasses the development, design, research, and operation of electrical and electronic systems and components. Disciplines include VLSI and circuit design, communication and signal processing, computer engineering, automatic control, fields and optics, energy sources and systems, and microelectronics and nanotechnology.

Computer Engineering is a specialization within electrical and computer engineering offering an in-depth education in both hardware and software aspects of modern computer systems.

Electrical and Computer Engineering provides students with a versatile education that will prove valuable looking toward a professional future.  Along with problem-solving and design skills, students develop a strong foundation in math, science, and core electrical/computer engineering fundamentals.  This skillset prepares them for research and development positions in industry, management, sales, teaching, medical school, and law school.

At Birck Nanotechnology Center, engineers and scientists conduct research in emerging fields where new materials and tiny structures are built atom by atom or molecule by molecule.

Electrical and Computer Engineering website

Electrical and Computer Engineering Major Change (CODO) Requirements   

Degree Requirements

125 Credits Required

Computer Engineering Required Major Courses (53 credits)

An overall 2.00 cumulative GPA or better for Required Major courses. (Some courses have minimum grade requirements for prerequisites.)

Senior Design Requirement - Choose One Option (4 credits)

The CmpE Core Requirements listed above must be completed before taking Senior Design.

Other Department/Program Course Requirements (72 credits)

If pursuing Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, CS 15900 - Prog Appl for Engineers is required to graduate, but not required to complete the First Year Engineering program.

First-Year Engineering Requirements (29-39 credits)

Click here for First-Year Engineering  requirements.

  • Requirement #1 - Intro to Engineering I (2-4 credits)
  • Requirement #2 - Intro to Engineering II (2-4 credits)
  • Requirement #3 - Calculus I (4-5 credits) (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core) 
  • Requirement #4 - Calculus II (4-5 credits) (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core) 
  • Requirement #5 - Chemistry I (4-6 credits) (satisfies Science #1 for core)
  • Requirement #6 - Physics (4 credits) (satisfies Science #2 for core)
  • Requirement #7 - First-Year Engineering Selective (3-4 credits)
  • Requirement #8 - Written and Oral Communication (6-7 credits) (could satisfy Written Communication, Information Literacy or Oral Communication for core)

General Engineering Requirement (3-6 credits)

Mathematics Requirement - Choose One Option (13-14 credits)

Calculus I and II must be completed as part of the First Year Engineering Requirements.

ECE General Education Requirement (17-18 credits)

  • General Education I (Human Cultures: Humanities) - Credit Hours: 3.00 (satisfies Human Cultures: Humanities for core)
  • General Education II (satisfies Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education III (satisfies Science, Technology & Society for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education IV - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education V - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education VI - Credit Hours: 3.00

C- or better required in all General Education Requirement Courses

  • 6 of 24 credits must be Upper level courses (Non-Introductory: At least 6 credits must be 30000-level or above (or from courses with a required pre-requisite in the same department.)
  • 12 of 24 must be taken from College of Liberal Arts, the Krannert School of Management, and/or the Honors College-provided such courses are not focused primarily on engineering, technology, the natural sciences, or mathematics.

24 credits total of General Education Courses Required

6-7 credits are taken in First-Year Engineering

- General Education - FYE Requirement #8 (Written Communication) - Credit Hours: 3.00-4 credits (satisfies Written Communication for core)

- General Education - FYE Requirement #8 (Oral Communication) Credit Hours: 3.00 (satisfies Oral Communication for core)

Electives (0-2 credits)

  • Elective - Credit Hours: 0.00-2.00

- Choose additional coursework to bring total credits to the minimum 125 required for the BSCMPE degree. Students should carefully select these courses to complement their personal interests and their academic record.
- All courses, except those specifically identified on the Electrical and Computer Engineering No Count List.

GPA Requirements

  • An overall GPA of 2.0 or higher in the Required Major Courses is required.

Pass/No Pass Policy

  • The pass/no pass (P/NP) grade option, if available, may be used for courses taken to satisfy the ECE General Education and Complementary Elective Requirements. The P/NP grade option cannot be used for courses applied towards the Required Major Courses, General Engineering Requirement, Mathematics Requirement, and the Science Requirement (unless P/NP is the only allowed grade option for that course).

Transfer Credit Policy

  • All 30000-level and above courses applied towards the Required Major Courses must be completed at the Purdue West Lafayette campus.

University Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC) 

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course).

Upper Level Requirement

  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
  • Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.

Sample First Year Engineering Plan of Study

Fall 1st Year

13-14 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Sample Computer Engineering Plan of Study

Combined with two semesters for FYE above, the following is an example of a 4-year plan that satisfies the BSCMPE degree requirements.

16-19 Credits

16-17 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

14-18 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

13-16 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Computer Engineering Selectives - Credit Hours: 6.00
  • Engineering Breadth Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education V - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education VI - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 0.00-2.00

16-18 Credits

Pre-Requisite Information

For pre-requisite information, click here.

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.