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Computer Engineering (B.S.COM.E.)

The computer engineering program is designed to provide a broad engineering background and a comprehensive foundation in the technical principles underlying the computer area. The technical core consists of coursework from electrical engineering to address hardware aspects of computer engineering and coursework from computer science to address software aspects. The curriculum builds on the hardware description language tools introduced in the sophomore year to master the design, test and synthesis of advanced digital circuits.

Computer Engineering (B.S.COM.E.)


Description


What is Computer Engineering at ODU like?

The computer engineering program is designed to provide a broad engineering background and a comprehensive foundation in the technical principles underlying the computer area. The technical core consists of coursework from electrical engineering to address hardware aspects of computer engineering and coursework from computer science to address software aspects. The curriculum builds on the hardware description language tools introduced in the sophomore year to master the design, test and synthesis of advanced digital circuits.

Program Highlights


What makes Computer Engineering at ODU unique?

  • The ECE department has research laboratories focusing on Applied Plasma Technology; Cybersecurity, Communications and Networking Innovation; Microelectronics and Thin Film Devices; Medical Imaging, Diagnosis, and Analysis; Power Research; Systems Analysis of Metabolic Physiology; Systems Research; Virginia Institute for Photovoltaics; and Vision Lab.

  • ECE faculty support University centers such as the Applied Research Center, the Frank Reidy Center of Bioelectrics, and the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center.

  • Additional research facilities in the Hampton Roads area with ECE faculty collaboration include the National Institute of Aerospace, NASA Langley Research Center and Jefferson Lab.

  • Program Offerings:

    Computer Hardware Systems

    Computer Networks

    Cyber Security

    Data Analytics Engineering

    Learn more about the concentration areas  

     

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Computer Hardware Engineers

$119,650

MEDIAN SALARY


Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.

Computer Network Architects

$107,870

MEDIAN SALARY


Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.

Computer and Information Research Scientists

$119,570

MEDIAN SALARY


Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.

Software Developers, Systems Software

$111,780

MEDIAN SALARY


Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, General Electric, Huntington Ingalls, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Naval Warfare Systems Command, Newport News Shipbuilding, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Siemens, and WR Systems.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Computer Engineering at ODU?

ECE 443:
Computer Architecture


An introduction to computer architectures. Analysis and design of computer subsystems including central processing units, memories and input/output subsystems. Important concepts include datapaths, computer arithmetic, instruction cycles, pipelining, virtual and cache memories, direct memory access and controller design. (offered fall) Prerequisites: ECE 341 and ECE 346.

ECE 419:
Cyber Physical System Security


Cyber Physical Systems (CPSs) integrate computing, networking, and physical processes. CPSs are known for their ability to: a) monitor the physical environment; b) use the monitored data in detecting the state of the physical environment; c) control the physical environment; and d) use cyber communications to perform its monitoring, detection and control operations. One of the biggest challenges to these systems is the security of its cyber space. This course will cover topics in CPS applications, design issues, and security. Cross-listed with MSIM 419. Prerequisites: ECE 241 and ECE 287.

ECE 455:
Network Engineering and Design


This course is an extension of ECE 355 into a semester long project. Emphasis is on gaining an understanding of networking design principles that entails all aspects of the network development life cycle. Topics include campus LAN models and design, VLANs, internetworking principles and design, WAN design, design of hybrid IP networks, differentiated vs. integrated services, traffic flow measurement and management. (offered spring) Prerequisites: ECE 355 or permission of the instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Computer Engineering at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering program in Computer Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • The Office of Admissions evaluates and admits freshmen based on high school performance, references and SAT scores. All incoming freshman engineering students are admitted to the Engineering Fundamentals Division

  • The ECE Department will officially declare a student as a computer engineering student once the following requirements are met:

    • Completion of 30 credit hours applicable to your major
    • Grade of "C" or above in MATH 211 & 212
    • Completion of Engineering Fundamental courses (Calculus I & II, Calculus-based Physics, Chemistry, and introductory engineering courses)
  • The ECE department works closely with local community colleges to develop transfer articulation agreements so that students who complete pre-engineering associate of science degrees can transfer seamlessly.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Scholarships


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering maintains updated scholarship information on the Undergraduate Resources webpage

Next Steps


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Contact


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Dr. Vishnu K. Lakdawala


Location:

217 KAUFMAN HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-748-6744


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ACADEMIC COORD & PROG MGR


Name:

Lisa Moser


Location:

231 KAUFMAN HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4379


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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