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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Computer Engineering

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Department Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology
College Science, Engineering & Technology
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Undergraduate Degree Type(s) BSEC
Program Description 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.
In support of this objective, the program provides a curriculum including the following components that follow the guidelines set forth by The Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of 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 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.
Admission Requirements

Admission to major is granted by the department. Only students admitted to the program are permitted to enroll in upper–division engineering courses. No transfer credits are allowed for upper–division engineering courses except by faculty review followed by written permission. Before being accepted into the program and admitted to 300–level engineering courses (typically in the fall semester), a student must submit an application for admission to the computer engineering program. Admission to the major is selective and subject to the approval of the department faculty.  For admission to the major, a student must complete a minimum of 48 semester credits including the following:


  • General Physics (calculus–based) (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Electrical/Computer Engineering I and II (6 credits)
  • Calculus and Differential Equations, Math for Computer Science, Probability & Statistics (23 credits)
  • Electrical Engineering Circuit Analysis I and II (including laboratory) (7 credits)
  • Microprocessor I Laboratory
  • Chemistry (3 credits)
  • English Composition (4 credits)
  • Computer Sciences (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Electrical & Computer Engineering I & II (6 credits)
Other Requirements A cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all science and math courses must be achieved for program admission. Only grades of C or better will be counted toward graduation.
Academic Bulletin A full description of the program including class listings and class descriptions are listed in the Academic Bulletin.
Program Contact Information Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology
242 Trafton Science Center North
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-5747
Fax: 507-389-6280
College Advising All Computer Engineering majors are assigned to an academic advisor to assist in planning their major program. Meeting with an advisor is required prior to each registration.  Additional advising support is available at:
College of Science, Engineering & Technology Advising Center
Ken Adams, Student Relations Coordinator
125 Trafton Science Center C.
Mankato, MN 56001

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