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​Computer Engineering

Learn design methodologies for computer hardware and software—from electronic circuits and digital systems to operating systems and software applications.

You’ll have opportunities to put theory and design methods into practice in well-appointed labs, using digital components, design simulators, and microcontrollers. Professional competence, innovative thinking, integrity, and leadership skills are all cornerstones of your educational experience in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

ECS classes are hands-on. I love that because I am able to better retain information and learn by doing. My classmates and I plan, implement and execute our own code and hardware design.

Dana Chea ‘21

About the College of Engineering and Computer Science

Future engineers and computer scientists learn to create new knowledge and technologies through ten undergraduate majors. Students have access to nationally regarded research centers, state-of-the-art lab spaces, and challenging internships.


Sample courses for computer engineering majors include:

  • Introduction to Computer and Network Security
  • Systems and Network Programming
  • Web System Architecture and Programming
  • Computer Architecture
  • VLSI and System-on-a-Chip
  • Design of Operating Systems
  • Embedded and Mobile Systems Laboratory

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

  • The computer engineering program provides both breadth and depth in fundamental and emerging areas in computer engineering. The curriculum prepares students for our rapidly changing, technology-driven world.
  • Choose your technical electives to prepare you for the career you envision.
  • Your computer engineering major can be combined with a minor from the College of Arts and Sciences, or two minors – one in mathematics and one in a discipline outside the College of Engineering and Computer Science. There is also a five-year combined curriculum that allows you to complete requirements from both colleges and receive two degrees.
  • Computer engineering students obtain paid internships across the country with the help of their dedicated career advisor.  These internships provide valuable real-world experience in areas of interest and importance for the students.
  • Collaborate with faculty on research projects at on- and off-campus institutes and labs.
  • The College of Engineering and Computer Science has 20 co-curricular organizations as well as student organizations like Engineers without Borders and WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering).
  • The 5-year H. John Riley Dual Engineering/MBA Program allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.
  • Syracuse University's B.S. in computer engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the State of New York Department of Education.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through Syracuse Abroad, with more than 100 programs in 60 countries. ECS students can choose yearlong study in London, a semester in Dublin, Santiago, Sydney, Florence, Madrid, Istanbul, and a summer opportunity in Strasbourg.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Engineering and Computer Science graduate with a major in computer engineering, you can explore careers such as:

  • Computer hardware developer
  • Computer scientist
  • Computer repair technician
  • Engineering technician
  • Software developer
  • Robotics technologist

You can also pursue graduate training in areas such as: environmental engineering, computer networking and telecommunications, computer systems analysis, biomedical engineering, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

In the College of Engineering and Computer Science, students are provided a team of advisors to support and mentor them throughout their entire undergraduate career. Career advisors counsel and train students to develop and assess their career skills, ensure job readiness, help them secure internships and jobs, and serve as a liaison to faculty and employers on students’ behalf.