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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 an 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

Effective the summer 2014 term, the co-requisite course for ETEM 1110 Electrical Fundamentals 1 (DC) and ETCO 1310 Fluid Power is MATH 1300 Pre-calculus (ACT Math Sub-score of 22 or higher; SAT Math Sub-score of 520 or higher).  Your freshman course sequence will be:

  Fall Term Spring Term
  ETEM 1110  Electrical Fundamentals 1 (DC) ETEM1111  Electrical Fundamentals 2 (AC)
  MATH 1300  Pre-calculus 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  Composition and Argumentation

Students placing below MATH 1300 based on either their ACT or SAT Math Sub-score or Compass Placement Test 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 1300 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
  MATH 1020  Intermediate Algebra MATH 1300 Pre-Calculus
  GEP Fine Arts GEP Social Science
  ETCO 1120  Intro to STEM Programming ETEC 1302  Computing Systems

If an entering student’s math placement is below MATH 1300, 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 24 Hours

The General Education Program is composed of 34 credit hours minimum of which 10 hours may be satisfied by the following mathematics and science requirements in the computer engineering technology curriculum: MATH 1300 and natural science courses PHYS 2211 and 2212. Further information about the GEP is listed in the General Education Program  or can be obtained from the department chairperson’s office. If English placement is ENGL 1101, then total GEP hours will be 25.

Mathematics Courses 13 Hours
Natural Science Courses 8 Hours
Electricity and Electronics Tech. Crs. 10 Hours
Computer Eng. Tech. Courses 61 Hours
Engineering Management Courses 3-4 Hours
Technical Electives 12 Hours
 NOTE:  If English placement is ENGL 1101, total hours will be 132; if ETEC 4301 used in place of IDST 4490, total hours will be 128.  
Total Hours Required 131-132 Hours

Computer Engineering Technology Courses (61 Hours)*

 * ETEC 4301 Design Lab 1 is an IDST 4490 Senior Seminar Alternative Class

Engineering Management Courses (3-4 Hours)

Select from either ETCO 2225 Industrial Management and Occupational Safety (3 hours) or ETPL 3320 Plant Layout and Cost Analysis (4 hours).

Technical Electives (12 Hours)

Examples of technical electives are CADD, math, visual basic, graphics, artificial intelligence, machine tools, robotics, PLC course, hydraulics and pneumatics, electromechanical courses, ETGG 1803 Concepts of 3D Graphics and Mathematics, and ETGG 4804 Optimization Techniques. Technical electives should be coordinated with the student’s academic advisor.

Students have the option of applying ETEC4301-Design Lab 1 to fulfill the requirements of IDST4490-Senior Seminar.  This will require completion of an interdisciplinary integrative paper and oral presentation as required for IDST4490-Senior Seminar.  This credit will be awarded via the Petition for Course Substitution form available at the Registrar’s office and approved by the course instructor and department chair, engineering technologies.

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