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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Computer Engineering

Page address: http://cset.mnsu.edu/ecet/programs/ce.html

Let us remember, we as teachers educate technologists to use and improve existing technology and engineers who design and research new concepts.


Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Engineering is offered by the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Technology (ECET) Department.

Computer Engineering (CE) encompasses the research, development, design and operation of computers and computerized systems and their components. The primary objective of the CE program is to educate engineering professionals who possess a sound design and analytical background coupled with a strong laboratory experience. This means that the department expects to prepare its graduates for:

  1. Entry into the engineering work environment with well-developed design and laboratory skills.
  2. Further study toward advanced degrees in engineering and other related disciplines.
  3. Advancement into managerial ranks and/or entrepreneurial endeavors.

The Educational objectives for our Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering are to prepare our graduates to:

  1. Function as responsible members of society with an awareness of the social, ethical, and economic ramifications of their work.
  2. Become successful practitioners in engineering and other diverse careers.
  3. Succeed in full time graduate and professional studies
  4. Pursue continuing and life-long learning opportunities.
  5. Pursue professional registration.
  6. Provide foundational education that allow for personal growth and flexibility through their career.

The metrics for determining success in meeting these objectives will include:

  1. Assessment of societal an economic awareness, and ethical performance of our graduates by the graduate and employer.
  2. Monitoring of the success of our graduates in the work force.
  3. Monitoring of the success of our graduates in graduate and professional programs
  4. Assessment of continuing and life-long learning by the graduate (and their employer as applicable).
  5. Reviewing the number and success of our students completing professional registration to advance their careers.

In support of this objective, the program provides a curriculum including the following components that follow the guidelines set forth by ABET:

  1. A strong background in the physical sciences, mathematics, and the engineering sciences including extensive hands-on laboratory instruction.
  2. An integrated design component to the curriculum including instruction in basic practices and procedures, creativity, control, economics, and synthesis. The process begins with basic instruction during the freshman year and concludes with a capstone design project.
  3. A choice of several sub disciplines in their senior level elective offerings.
  4. Opportunities for students to develop sensitivity to the social and humanistic implications of technology and motivate them to make worthwhile contributions to the profession and society, while upholding the highest standards of professional ethics.
  5. Courses in business and economics to promote awareness of management and the economic aspects of engineering.
  6. Preparation for continuing study and professional development.

The ECET department strives to meet the needs of our constituents as we develop our educational programs. In designing our programs, we strive to meet the needs of:

  • Students
  • Both Public and Private sector employers
  • Graduate and Professional Schools
  • Professional Practice (Licensed Professional Engineers)
  • Internship with Employers

The Student Outcomes used in the Computer Engineering program are identical to the ABET a – k Outcomes. The department faculty believe this list of outcomes is appropriate and are excellent indicators of what today’s Computer engineering students require for a successful career. The Student Outcomes are listed below for reference:

a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g) an ability to communicate effectively
h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

The curriculum offers students the opportunity to emphasize a number of specialized areas including digital systems, wireless communications, controls, and material sciences. During the senior year, students must take the first step toward registration as a professional engineer by taking the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination. The computer engineering program is accredited by ABET, www.abet.org.

Enrollment Facts

2016-2017 2015-2016 2014-2015 2013-2014
Incoming Freshmen1 49 25 23 17
Graduating Seniors2 9* 5 4 5
Total Student Enrollment2 127 100 80 68
Passing the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination3 N.A.4 70% 75% N.A.4

1Estimated from declared CE majors enrolled in the EE 106 course.
2Declared CE majors award received during Fall semester. Data from Institutional Assessment.
*Expected by enrollment in EE 477 Senior Design course.
3Data obtained from NCEES Fall and Spring reports. Includes graduates and currently enrolled students.
4Lack of data due to no participants in FE exams.