Computer Engineering, B.S.

Design and develop integrated hardware systems that push the very boundaries of physics.

From microprocessors to embedded computing devices, laptops to supercomputers, as a Computer Engineering degree student at Lewis, you will gain the expertise necessary to help invent the next generation of computing.

Forbe's Magazine's #2 Highest Starting Avg. Salary for Class of 2015 Graduates - Computer Engineering, $57,000

Lewis' state-of-the-art undergraduate lab resources and supportive educational community provide the perfect learning environment to become a successful Computer Engineer. In this interdisciplinary curriculum that combines math, computer science, physics and electrical engineering, you will become an expert in:

  • How microprocessors function, are designed and are optimized
  • How integrated systems of electrical components are designed and how data is communicated among them to process instructions
  • How software is written, compiled and optimized for specific hardware platforms
  • The boundaries of physics and how to push them in order to develop the next generation of computing devices

ABET Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. 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.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and social context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Lewis University Computer Engineering Program Outcomes

  1. Prepare future professionals who specialize in implementing computing systems that pair innovative software and hardware components to solve problems efficiently and in some optimal sense.
  2. Provide numerous and high-quality hands-on, team-oriented activities for students to deepen their understanding of theory and prepare them to be real-world problem solvers.
  3. Help students start meaningful careers in engineering by providing opportunities for them to work in internship, co-op, and volunteer capacities.
  4. Engage students with the community to demonstrate to them the profoundly positive impact their knowledge and skills can have on diverse organizations and thereby instill in them a lifelong commitment to serving others responsibly.
  5. Ready students both for work in the industry and for future graduate study in computer engineering.
  6. Promote responsible stewardship of financial, natural, and human resources in the process of solving engineering problems.
  7. Instill in students a mix of theoretical understanding and applied engineering capabilities that enable to be both today’s problem solvers and tomorrow’s transformative innovators.

Why Lewis?

  • Unlike larger schools, at Lewis you're in the lab from day one - working shoulder-to-shoulder alongside faculty mentors
  • Brand new Science Center houses some of the most impressive undergraduate lab resources in the region
  • Fantastic internship programs with leading area employers
  • High-impact research opportunities

Computer Engineering or Computer Science?

Computer Engineers specialize more in designing and building computer hardware, and Computer Scientists focus more on designing and building computer software. The two work together to implement optimized and cyber-secure computing and communication systems that power all aspects of modern life. They are complementary pursuits, and Computer Engineers and Computer Scientists at Lewis will work together very closely to create cutting-edge and secure computing systems.


For more information contact the Office of Admission at or call (815)836-5250.