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Computer Engineering

Saint Louis University's computer engineering program teaches you to deal with all aspects of computer systems including design, construction and operation. You can specialize in digital systems, operating systems, computer networks and software and hardware design.

Major in Computer Engineering

Students in SLU's computer engineering program conduct experiments in Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology laboratories during their freshman year. You'll also have the opportunity to work with our faculty on research, enhancing your undergraduate experience and preparing you to work in the computer engineering industry. An accelerated Bachelor of Science to Master of Science option is available.

In addition to a strong focus on computer skills and computer hardware and software, SLU's computer engineering program offers you ample opportunity to work on multidisciplinary teams and develop effective communication skills.

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Highlighted Courses

You will learn the fundamentals of operation and design of modern electronic marvels, such as computers, integrated circuits, software design and even robotics.

The program includes a two-semester design sequence during your senior year, giving you meaningful engineering design experience that focuses on skills you'll need for professional practice.

  • ECE 2205: Digital Design
  • CSCI 2100: Data Structures
  • ECE 3225: Microprocessors
  • ECE 3150: Signals and Systems
  • ECE 3215: Computer System Design
Internships and Careers

Undergraduate computer engineering students at SLU are encouraged to seek out research opportunities with our department faculty. Summer research opportunities also exist within the department and other leading research universities.

Graduates from Saint Louis University's computer engineering program are prepared to enter directly into the engineering profession. Our alumni have gone on to work at companies and government agencies including Amazon, AT&T, Boeing, the U.S. Department of Defense, General Motors, Intel, Samsung Electric and Sega Inc.


Parks College’s low faculty-to-student ratio allows our world class faculty to inspire our students, feed their curiosity, awaken their minds and instill in them the joy of lifelong learning. Our staff members are also dedicated to student success — every student is known to the faculty and staff by name.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Admission Requirements

A cumulative 3.00 high school GPA is recommended for freshmen applicants and 2.70 college GPA for transfer applicants.

We recommend an ACT composite score of 24 or higher (minimums of 22 in English, 24 in mathematics, 22 in reading comprehension and 22 in scientific reasoning), or a SAT composite score of 1160 and a SAT math sub score of 620. (If your SAT scores predate 2016, a SAT composite score of 1100 or higher with a SAT math sub score of 600 will be accepted.)

Fifteen total units of high school work are recommended: three or four units of English; four or more units of mathematics including algebra I and II, geometry and precalculus; three or four units of science including general science, introduction to physical science, earth science, biology, physics or chemistry; two or three units of social sciences including history, psychology or sociology; and three units of electives.

Objectives and Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are defined by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. The program educational objectives the computer engineering degree program at Parks College of Saint Louis University are:

  • Our graduates will have acquired advanced degrees or are engaged in advanced study in engineering, business, law, medicine or other appropriate fields.
  • Our graduates will have established themselves as practicing engineers in electrical, computer or related engineering fields.
  • Our graduates will be filling the technical needs of society by solving engineering problems using electrical or computer engineering principles, tools, and practices.

Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology has identified several objectives:

  • To provide an education with knowledge in mathematics, science and information technology
  • To enhance written and oral communication skills
  • To provide an education of values in the tradition of the Society of Jesus
  • To provide an experience in cultural diversity
  • To provide a capstone experience

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are defined by ABET as the skills that graduates will attain at the time of graduation. Student outcomes are listed below:

  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 multi-disciplinary 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

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Apply Your Skills

Computer engineering students at SLU have the chance to participate in independent study under the direction of a faculty member, as well as in summer internship and cooperative education programs offered through local and national industries.

Our chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is recognized as the top student branch in our region and frequently hosts robot-building activities for local youth organizations. Select undergraduate students in our computer engineering program may also be eligible for teaching assistantships working with a faculty member in a course or laboratory.