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Computer engineers are essential to the development of rapid advances in computer technology. Devices such as cell phones, audio players, video recorders, alarm systems, x-ray machines and some medical tools are all the result of computer engineers who design digital devices and integrate them with embedded software that meets the technological, scientific and administrative needs of any industry.

MSU Denver’s new bachelor of science degree in Computer Engineering combines the study of computer science with electrical engineering to give you a rigorous education in circuit design, programmable logic, computer design, computer programming, data communication, machine intelligence, robotics, algorithms and the various representations of information including numeric, alphabetic, visual, audio and sensory.

As a Computer Engineering student, you will study the design of digital hardware and software systems including communications systems, computers and devices that contain computers, focusing on how digital devices interface with users and other devices.

MSU Denver’s Computer Engineering program is an extended major with 128 credit hours, therefore a minor is not required to earn your degree.

Learn about scholarships for Computer Engineering students.

Explore the Computer Engineering program's curriculum.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

As a Computer Engineering student, you’ll have access to the advanced equipment and facilities in MSU Denver’s new Aerospace and Engineering Science Building.

Through the Applied Learning Center, you can gain valuable hands-on experience by completing an internship or cooperative education placement with one of the area firms that partners with the Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

You’ll also be able to collaborate with other Computer Engineering students by joining any of several Engineering student clubs.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

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Computer engineering has two major specialties: computer software engineer and computer hardware engineer. According to, the current average annual salary of computer engineers in the United States is $102,450, which is 106 percent higher than the average U.S. salary.

The average annual salary for computer software engineers is $107,840; for computer hardware engineers, it is $112,760. Overall, computer hardware engineers earn 5 percent more than their software engineering counterparts.

Research performed in 2017 found that new college graduates earn an average salary between $61,000 to $76,000 per year.

Most computer engineers are employed by research and development laboratories and high-tech companies, such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, LinkedIn, Facebook, National Instruments, Amazon, Oracle, IBM, HP, Lockheed Martin, etc.


Lin Huang_Computer EngineeringLin Huang

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology Lin Huang is coordinator of the Computer Engineering program. She has served as the editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Machine Learning and Computing since 2010 and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology. Her research interests are integrated circuit design, pattern recognition, signal processing, biometrics and embedded system design.

Weiying Zhu_Computer EngineeringWeiying Zhu

Associate Professor of Computer Science Weiying Zhu’s main research project at MSU Denver is titled: Self-Adaptive Energy-efficient Event-Driven Routing in Medium or Large Wireless Sensor Networks and her other research interests include computer science education, wireless sensor networks, mobile ad hoc network, network modeling and simulation and network performance analysis.




Learn more about the faculty in the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences.

Sample Classes

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Examples of Computer Engineering courses include:

DC Circuit Fundamentals 
Solid State Electronics Laboratory 
Digital Systems  
Signals and Systems
Semiconductor Device Fundamentals 
Digital Filter Design
Embedded System Design 
Semiconductor Device Fundamentals 
VLSI Circuits and Systems 
Senior Design

Facilities and Resources

The Computer Engineering program is part of the Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology, which is housed in MSU Denver’s new Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building (AES).
The AES building features advanced equipment, such as a state-of-the-art 3D printer, as well as specialized laboratories. It is also home to the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Sciences, which integrates the study of Electrical, Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology, Industrial Design, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Aerospace Science and Aviation Technology.

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