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Computer Engineering Technology BS

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The computer engineering technology program is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career as a computing professional and who desires a challenging curriculum which offers a wholistic approach to computing. Shawnee State’s program maintains a balance between computer software and hardware by blending the most critical courses from computer science with those from electrical engineering technology.

The program also balances computing theory with application by offering rigorous courses, based on the most recent ACM/IEEE computer engineering technology curricula guidelines, and adding to each of these courses an applied lab component. These labs encourage the application of theoretical knowledge to real-world projects which involve software applications, microprocessor-based systems, and computer networks.

The overall breadth and depth of the program prepares graduates to apply computing-based solutions to problems in industry, business, and medicine. In addition, their skills help them expand the frontiers of society by enabling those in the arts and sciences to attain greater levels of achievement in science, literature, art, music, and philosophy through appropriately applied computing technologies.

Math Placement

The co-requisite course for ETEM 1110 Electrical Fundamentals 1 (DC) and ETCO 1310 Fluid Power is MATH 1200 College Algebra (ACT Math Sub-score of 22 or higher; SAT Math Sub-score of 520 or higher), however, the beginning math requirement for this program is MATH 1250.  Your freshman course sequence will be:

  Fall Term Spring Term
  ETEM 1110  Electrical Fundamentals 1 (DC) ETEM1111  Electrical Fundamentals 2 (AC)
  MATH 1250 Trigonometry ETEM 1216  Electronics
  ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1102  Discourse & Composition ETEC 1101  Structured Programming
  ETCO 1120  Intro to STEM Programming ETEC 1302  Computing Systems
  GEP Fine Arts Elective ENGL 1105 Comp and Argumentation
  UNIV 1100 Freshman Year Experience  

Students placing below MATH 1200 based on either their ACT or SAT Math Sub-score do not meet the co-requisite to enroll in ETEM 1110 or ETCO 1310.  Should this be your situation, below is a schedule of courses that can apply to the A.A.S. in Electromechanical Engineering Technology as fulfilling general education program (GEP) academic requirements or technical elective requirements and bring you to the MATH 1200 level.  This schedule prepares you to begin the A.A.S. in Electromechanical Engineering Technology program the fall term of your second year at SSU.

  Fall Term Spring Term
  ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1102  Discourse and Composition ENGL 1105 Composition and Argumentation
  GEP Fine Arts GEP Human Behavior
  ETCO 1120  Intro to STEM Programming ETEC 1302  Computing Systems

If an entering student’s math placement is below MATH 1200, remediation to get to this level is below the content of this program, and does not count as academic credit toward earning this degree.

Computer Requirement

All students in the B.S. in Computer Engineering Technology, B.S. in Digital Simulation and Gaming Engineering Technology, and A.A.S. in Electromechanical Engineering Technology degree programs are required to purchase a laptop computer for use in class.

Many vendors offer academic discounts to university students.  See the respective vendors’ websites for more information on how to take advantage of these discounts.


  • CPU:  Almost any relatively recent CPU will be adequate (where “recent” means “no more than two years old).
  • Recommended: Intel Core i3, i5, i7 families, or any currently shipping AMD CPU with the exception of AMD Sempron or AMD Turion K8-E.
  • Memory (RAM):  Minimum of 2GB.  Recommended: 4GB.
  • Hard Drive:  At least 250GB recommended.
  • Video:  For CET students, either integrated (Intel) or discrete (nVidia or AMD/ATI) will suffice.  For Digital Simulation and Gaming students, some classes will require discrete video.  A DirectX 11/OpenGL 4 class GPU is recommended.
  • Networking:  The Advanced Technology Center provides 802.11b/g wireless networking.  For maximum flexibility, the availability of wired (Ethernet) networking is recommended.


  • For Computer Engineering Technology students, any currently shipping or recent Macbook Air or Macbook Pro will suffice.

Careers available to graduates of the computer engineering technology program include:

  • Software application developer
  • Hardware engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Local area network specialist
  • Data communications specialist
  • Digital system designer
  • Applied research and development engineer

Degree Requirements

General Education Program 40 Hours

The General Education Program is composed of 40 credit hours minimum of which 3 hours may be satisfied by the following mathematics requirements in the computer engineering technology curriculum: MATH 1200 . Further information about the GEP is listed in the General Education Program  or can be obtained from the department chairperson’s office.

Mathematics Courses 11 Hours
Natural Science Courses (Any GEP Natural Science Sequence) 8 Hours
Electricity and Electronics Tech. Crs. 10 Hours
Computer Eng. Tech. Courses 60 Hours
Total Hours Required 129 Hours

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