Undergraduate Program

Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia offers a Bachelors of Science degree. Faculty from the Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering Departments jointly administer the CpE undergraduate degree program at the University of Virginia.The curriculum has been carefully designed to assure that students obtain an excellent background in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The Computer Engineering Undergraduate Coordinator is located in Rice Hall 305.

What does a Computer Engineer do?   Work with hardware and software to create an integration of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering to create modern computing and embedded systems.  The Educational Objectives for Graduates of the Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering Program at the University of Virginia are to utilize their academic preparation to become successful practitioners and innovators in computer engineering and other fields.  In the following classes, students will learn to analyze, design and implement creative solutions to problems with computer hardware, software, systems and applications.They will also be trained to contribute effectively as team members, to communicate clearly and to interact responsibly with colleagues, clients, employers and society.   The core of the Computer Engineering program provides depth in the areas of ECE Fundamentals, Software Engineering, Digital Logic, Embedded Systems, and Computer Systems.

Core Curriculum:

CS 111X                Introduction to Programming
CS 2100               Data Structures and Algo. 1
CS 2120               Discrete Math and Theory 1
CS 2130               Computer Systems and Org 1
CS 3130               Computer Systems and Org
CS 3140               Software Development Essentials
ECE 2330             Digital Logic and Design
ECE 2630             ECE Fundamentals I
ECE 2660             ECE Fundamentals II
ECE 3430             Intro Embedded Computing Systems
ECE 3750             ECE Fundamentals III
ECE 4435             Computer Architecture & Design
ECE 4440             Embedded Systems Design


Admission and Transfer information for undergraduate students can be found here.  The Computer Engineering Program does not currently offer a minor.                                                         

Questions about the degree requirements and other information are contained in the Advising Aids for both students and their advisors.  Advising Aids for Computer Engineering Majors

Computer engineering majors must maintain at least a 2.0 in-major GPA (as calculated by SIS).   The in-major GPA is the average over all major required courses (including required electives). 

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering degree offered jointly by the Department of Computer Science and the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. http://www.abet.org.  Graduation data for these degree programs is included on this page that provides such information for all School of Engineering undergraduate degrees.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record represents the official repository for academic program requirements and students are encouraged to refer to the Undergraduate Record for detailed information about School of Engineering requirements including HSS electives.  Engineering guidelines such as Course Load, Academic Probation and Academic Suspension can also be found in the Record. 

Each degree program has defined Program Educational Objectives (PEOs), which are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve. In addition, each program has defined Student Outcomes (SOs), which are are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire in their matriculation through the program.

The BS in Computer Engineering program at the University of Virginia enables students to achieve, by the time of graduation:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • ​an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.