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Our program provides a particularly strong emphasis on real-time and embedded systems. You’ll also have unique opportunities to participate in national student competitions against other universities.

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Overview

What is Computer Engineering at WVU like?

Description

Computer Engineering teaches you how information systems are put together from components, and provides you with an understanding of both hardware and software systems. Computer Engineering provides the training necessary for some of the fastest growing fields, including big data analytics, cybersecurity, robotics and networking.

Our program provides a particularly strong emphasis on real-time and embedded systems. We also provide you with a unique set of opportunities to participate in national level student competitions against other universities.

Computer engineers are in high demand and some surveys rank computer engineering as the top paid engineering profession for new graduates.

Computer Engineering program highlights:

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At a Glance

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Areas of Emphasis

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Cybersecurity

Fast Facts

What makes Computer Engineering at WVU unique?


Dual Major

This major offers the option to simultaneously complete a second bachelor's degree in:

Research and Academic Opportunities

Computer Engineering students can take part in the Department of Energy-sponsored EcoCar 3 Competition, which is led by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Early College Program

Get a head start (and save money) in our High School ACCESS program for high school students. Choose from online, on-campus or dual credit courses that fulfill requirements for general education or Computer Engineering. Online courses to consider for this major include:

  • ENGR 101: Engineering Problem-Solving 1
  • ENGR 102: Engineering Problem-Solving 2
  • ENGR 140: Engineering in History

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:

Student Organizations

Connect with other students who share your academic interests as a member of:

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WVUteach

Do you want a another career option? You can earn a secondary teaching certificate through WVUteach while completing a four-year degree in WVU's Computer Engineering major. One degree, two degree options.

Careers

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Computer Engineering graduates are in demand and placement rates are high. For example, Northrup-Grumman is one employer with a large summer internship program that has led to many employment offers and full-time jobs.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Computer Engineering major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career 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.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in Computer Engineering at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Computer Engineering major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

CPE 462:
Wireless Networking

Design and analysis of modern wireless data networks. Digital modulation techniques, wireless channel models, design of cellular networks, spread spectrum, carrier sense multiple access, ad-hoc networks routing, error control coding, automatic request strategies.

CS 453:
Data and Computer Communications

or consent for non-majors. An in-depth study of the Internet, networking fundamentals, protocols, algorithms, and principles of distributed computing, introduction to network security and management.

CS 465:
Introduction to Cybersecurity

Covers the fundamentals of cybersecurity, including encryption, malicious code, authentication and access control, database security, operating system security, and network security. Provides students with a comprehensive overview of the cybersecurity threats, technologies for information assurance, and engineering approaches to build and maintain secure computer systems and networks.

Capstone Projects

Before graduating, all undergraduates in this major complete an academic project (or "capstone") to demonstrate their research, communication and critical thinking skills. Projects in WVU's Computer Engineering major have included:

Cost and Aid

How much does Computer Engineering at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2019-20 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $435
Per Semester $5,220
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,440
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,144
Per Semester $13,728
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,456
International
Per Credit $1,144
Per Semester $14,028
Fall and Spring Semesters $28,056
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Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending WVU in addition to university scholarships.

Early College Program

Get a head start (and save money) in our High School ACCESS program for high school students. Choose from online, on-campus or dual credit courses that fulfill requirements for general education or Computer Engineering. Online courses to consider for this major include:

  • ENGR 101: Engineering Problem-Solving 1
  • ENGR 102: Engineering Problem-Solving 2
  • ENGR 140: Engineering in History

Learn About Our HS ACCESS Early College Program

Extra Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPA and SAT/ACT test score. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Computer Engineering has transfer articulation agreements with:

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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Requirements

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

To be admitted to WVU's Computer Engineering major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2020-21 academic year. They also must meet one of the following admission requirements. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Engineering Track 1:

This track is for students who are ready for college level calculus. Students who start on this track can typically graduate in 4 years.

  • GPA: 3.00
  • ACT Math: 28
  • SAT Math: 660
Engineering Track 2:

This track is for students who place into a pre-calculus course. Students who start out on this track can typically graduate in 4 or 4.5 years without taking summer classes.

  • GPA: 2.75
  • ACT Math: 26
  • SAT Math: 610
Engineering Track 3:

This track is designed for students who place into algebra or pre-algebra and can typically graduate in 5 years.

  • GPA: 2.50
  • ACT Math: 22
  • SAT Math: 540

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