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School of Science & Engineering

Computer Engineering

In the computer engineering major at Anderson University, students are exposed to the concepts of electricity, electronics, digital logic, computer architecture, computer organization, and computer science, and how they apply to the designing embedded systems and computer systems. Students will have the opportunity to see various applications of Computer Engineering to digital system design and computer design.


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How can I get involved in the Computer Engineering program?


You can participate in the program in a variety of ways:

  • Graduate with a BS in Computer Engineering in 4 years
  • Complete the 4 + 1 program, from BS to MBA

What classes will I take?

Among the classes in the 85-hour major are:

  • computational problem solving
  • computer architecture
  • computer networks
  • differential equations
  • electronics

Full list of courses required for the Computer Engineering Major.


What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

With a degree in Computer Engineering from Anderson University, students will be well prepared to apply their knowledge to the fields of digital systems, computer architecture, computer science, and more.


Graduates of this program will be given a solid background in the theoretical and applied study of Computer Engineering, having been exposed to various techniques and instrumentation. Students will also have the opportunity to expand their creative abilities through design courses that challenge them to engineer products with cost and resources in mind. Whether the product is to be deployed in rural Africa, or is being developed by a small start-up firm, materials and cost are becoming increasingly important. The ability of engineers to “be creative with less” is more essential than ever.

Technology Requirements


Each student is required to have a reliable laptop capable of running computer science software (provided by the university) such as Microsoft Visual Studio, JetBrains IDEs, Wireshark, and other software compilers and related programs.

The following minimum requirements for a laptop are strongly recommended:

Operating system options:

  • Windows 10+ (64 bit)
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux

Note that virtual machines using VirtualBox, Bootcamp, or other VM software can be used when necessary to access software designed for a different operating system. The department can assist students in setting up virtual machines.

  • RAM: 8 GB (16 GB recommended)
  • CPU: modern 64 bit processor such as i5 or i7 with at least two physical cores
  • Storage capacity: 200 GB (400 GB for Mac or Linux operating systems because students will need to create a 200 GB partition for Windows)
  • Connectivity: 2x USB2 or USB3 ports and 1000 Base-T ethernet (adaptors acceptable for both)
  • WiFi (IEEE 802.11n with WPA2)
  • Graphics card needs to support at least one external display via HDMI (preferred) or VGA (adaptor acceptable) to be able to use the classroom projectors for presentations.

Note that these requirements can change without notice (but within reason) due to changes in the system requirements from the vendors of the software used within the major. The minimum cost for a new Windows machine that meets the requirements is approximately $900 and for a Mac it is approximately $1500. About half the students use Mac and the other half use Windows, plus a few Linux users.


Calculators are often allowed on exams and are needed for completing homework. The calculator needs to be able to graph functions, use complex numbers, and solve linear systems of equations with complex coefficients. It is also helpful if the calculator has a computer algebra system (CAS).  One of the following (or equivalent) is required:

  • TI-89 (recommended)
  • TI-Nspire CX CAS

The average cost of the above calculators is approximately $130. Note that none of these calculators are currently allowed on the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam (the allowed calculators have a much more limited capability and are relatively inexpensive at around $30).

ABET Accreditation Information

Mission Statement

“The mission of Anderson University is to educate for a life of faith and service in the church and society.”

Engineering Program Mission

“The Mission of Anderson University’s Engineering Program is to develop highly-qualified, innovative, servant leaders.”

Living the Mission

  • Highly Qualified Engineers - We provide a Christ-centered, hands-on education, grounded in the liberal arts that inspires students toward excellence in engineering.
  • Innovative Thinkers - We model resourceful, pioneering, and creative thinking to uniquely mentor students to deal with the challenges of vocation, life, and community.
  • Servant Leaders - We seek to live God-honoring lives of integrity, and share the importance of Christ-like servanthood.  “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve…” Mark 10:44-45

Program Characteristics

  • Theoretical Knowledge - Anderson University Engineering students will have advanced mathematical, scientific, and engineering skills---including significant design, problem-solving, and data processing ability---built upon a liberal arts foundation.
  • Practical Experience - Anderson University Engineering students will have significant hands-on experiences, driven by laboratory exercises, research assistantships, internships, project management, and interdisciplinary opportunities.
  • Grounded in Faith - Anderson University Engineering students will be life-long learners who, through the lens of a Christian worldview, will recognize God’s calling on their lives to serve the Church and society.

Program Educational Objectives

Engineering students from Anderson University, three to five years post graduation, will be improving society by:

  • actively serving Christ in their local church, community, and/or worldwide,
  • using a Biblical worldview for professional and ethical decision making,
  • thriving professionally individually and in teams, and
  • successfully pursuing advanced degrees, certifications, and/or professional development opportunities.

Student Outcomes

(a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data
(c) 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
(d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve mechanical engineering problems
(f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) An ability to communicate effectively
(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Our students achieve these outcomes through the lens of a Christian worldview and will recognize God’s calling on their lives to serve God and society.

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Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.


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