Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Majors

Computer Engineering (ECP)

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (B.S.C.P.)

8 Semester Plan

128 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 14.0901 - Track 1 of 3

College of Engineering

http://www.usf.edu/engineering/undergraduate/majors.aspx

Major Description

The Computer Engineering major emphasizes the application of engineering principles to the design of computer hardware and software, and devotes additional time to computer architecture and advanced topics in hardware design, including extensive laboratory work. Students in this major also acquire a background in engineering topics through related coursework in the College.

Mission Statement
In keeping with the mission of the College of Engineering, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering strives for excellence in teaching, research, and public service. Specifically, the Department aspires to:

  1. Lead the advancement of computer science, computer engineering, and information technology through internationally recognized research and graduate education, as well as technology transfer to regional industries.
  2. Prepare students for full and ethical participation in a diverse society and encourage lifelong learning.
  3. Educate students in the best practices of the field as well as integrate the latest research into the curriculum.
  4. Foster the development of problem solving and communication skills as an integral component of the profession.
  5. Provide quality learning experiences through small classes, active learning styles of teaching, and opportunities for meaningful interactions between students and faculty.

Objectives

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering has established the following major educational objectives for Computer Engineering graduates of the Department.

  1. Our Computer Engineering graduates will apply their knowledge and skills to succeed in their career and/or obtain an advanced degree.
  2. Our graduates will function ethically and responsibly, and will remain informed and involved as full participants in our profession and our society.
  3. Our graduates will successfully function in multi-disciplinary teams.
  4. Our graduates will apply basic principles and practices of computing grounded in mathematics and science to successfully complete hardware and/or software related engineering projects to meet customer business objectives and/or productively engage in research.

Entrance and Continuation Requirements for the Computer Engineering Major
College of Engineering students who have fully met the below admission requirements and are in good academic standing, may declare a major in Computer Engineering. Prior to being admitted to a major, a student may take no more than two Departmental courses.

Minimum Admission Requirements for the Computer Engineering Major

  1. Completion of: All students must complete the equivalent of USF Composition I & II, Engineering Calculus I & II and Calculus-based General Physics I & II (with Labs) with minimum grades of C in each course (grades of C- are insufficient). The minimum overall average GPA in these six courses required for admission to the Department is between 3.0 and 3.5 for any given year. The minimum acceptable average GPA will be posted on the Department's website one year prior to the Fall Semester that the revised GPA is applicable. The computed GPA is based on the best attempts in these courses.
  2. Completion of COP 2510 with a minimum grade of B (grade of B- is insufficient) or another introductory programming course covering a modern programming language, with an emphasis on programming concepts and design methodology with a minimum grade of B (grade of B- is insufficient).
  3. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0
  4. A minimum USF GPA of 2.0

Minimum Continuation Requirements for the Computer Engineering Major

Students meeting the above requirements may be admitted to either of the Computer Engineering or Computer Science degree tracks; however, continuation in the major will be allowed only for students who complete CDA 3103 and COP 3514 with minimum grades of B, based on best attempts in each course (grades of B- are insufficient). These requirements must be met with a maximum of two attempts allowed for each course.

GPA and Grade Requirements

Unless otherwise stated, the minimum acceptable grade in all BSCP required math, science, and engineering courses is a C or higher (C- is insufficient). The minimum acceptable grade in specialization courses is a C-, except as stated in the major admission and continuation requirements. Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.0 Math and Science GPA, 2.0 Engineering GPA, 2.0 Specialization GPA, 2.0 USF GPA, and 2.0 Overall GPA.

Departmental Policies

In addition to the College’s graduation requirements, the Department has the following policies:

  1. Mandatory academic advising and/or mentoring of students.
  2. Exit interview and/or survey as a graduation requirement

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

Students qualify for direct entry to the Department if they have completed the following courses at a Florida College System institution or University in the Florida State University System (SUS) and meet all other admissions requirements of the University and College.

Mathematics:

Courses at USFCourses at a Florida College System InstitutionMAC 2281 Engineering Calculus IMAC X311 or MAC X281MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus IIMAC X312 or MAC X282MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus IIIMAC X313 or MAC X283MAP 2302 Differential EquationsMAP X302

Natural Sciences:

Courses at USFCourses at a Florida College System InstitutionCHM 2045/CHM 2045L General Chemistry I with LabCHM X045/X045L or CHM X045C orCHS 2440/CHS 2440L General Chemistry for Engineers with LabCHS X440/X440LPHY 2048/PHY 2048L General Physics I - Calculus Based with LabPHY X048/X048L or PHY X048CPHY 2049/PHY 2049L General Physics II - Calculus Based with LabPHY X049/X049L or PHY X049CCOP XXXX Introduction Programming in C, C++, JAVA or equivalent languageCOP XXXX Introduction Programming in C, C++, JAVA or equivalent language

Total Major Hours: 107 Hours

Major Core Courses - 95 Hours

Math and Science (27 credit hours)

Basic Engineering (15 credit hours)

  • EGN 3000 Foundations of Engineering
  • EGN 3000L Foundations of Engineering Lab
  • EGN 3373 Introduction to Electrical Systems I
  • EGN 3443 Probability and Statistics for Engineers
  • EGN 3615 Engineering Economics with Social and Global Implications
  • EGN 4450 Introduction to Linear Systems
  • EEE 3394 Electronic Materials

Specialization (44 credit hours)

Composition and Technical Writing (9 credit hours)

Major Elective Courses - 12 Hours

Departmental upper-level technical electives are classified as “software”, “hardware”, and “theory”. Computer Engineering students must choose 6 hours of hardware electives and an additional, non-overlapping 6 hours of electives in the Department. A maximum of six (6) hours combined of CIS 4900 and/or any other supervised individual study (that is, CIS 4915 and CIS 4940) are allowed as Departmental upper-level technical electives.

The Department website undergraduate section contains the most up to date list of Departmental upper-level technical electives. The prerequisite for most (but not all) Departmental upper-level technical electives is CDA 3201 Computer Logic and Design and COP 4530 Data Structures. Consult with the Department Undergraduate Advisor to learn more about available electives and which courses will and will not count towards the degree. Additional electives may be available with a special topics course number (typically, CIS 4930).

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Major GPA Requirement

Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.0 Math and Science GPA, 2.0 Engineering GPA, 2.0 Specialization GPA, 2.0 USF GPA, and 2.0 Overall GPA.

Major Course Grade Requirement

Continuation in the major requires successful completion of CDA 3103 and COP 3514 with minimum grades of B, based on best attempts in each course. Grades of B- are insufficient. These requirements must be met with a maximum of two attempts allowed for each course.

Major Grade Requirement

Unless otherwise stated, the minimum acceptable grade in all BSCP required math, science, and engineering courses is a C or higher (C- is insufficient). The minimum acceptable grade in specialization courses is a C-, except as stated in the major admission and continuation requirements.

Major Residency Requirement

Transfer students must complete a minimum number of approved specialization courses in the major at USF. The minimum number of USF specialization credit hours required is established by the respective academic department. In no case will this be less than 18 hours. Basic engineering courses are not considered specialization courses. The University residency requirement must also be met.

A dual degree student must meet the requirements of each major and have a minimum of 18 approved specialization hours taken in the degree granting department beyond those specialization hours required for the first degree.

Major State Communication and Computation Requirement (formerly Gordon Rule)

The State Communication Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Writing) and State Computation Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Math) is fully met through the mathematics courses above, ENC 1101, ENC 1102, ENC 3246, and CIS 4250 or by completing an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution.

Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Requirement

The math courses required for this major fully meet the math requirements of the Foundations of Knowledge and Learning core curriculum.

Students in the College of Engineering may substitute a second "Physical Science" course for the required "Life Science" course.

Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Exit Requirement

  • ENC 3246 Communication for Engineers (WRIN)
  • CIS 4250 Ethical Issues and Professional Conduct (CPST)

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