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2021-2022

Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Engineering (Northern Virginia Community College)
Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
Program description

Computer engineers are responsible for developing the powerful computer systems that have become a part of our everyday life. Applications for computer engineering span the spectrum from high-performance, general-purpose computing systems such as desktop workstations used in all facets of business, to small microprocessors embedded in larger systems and functioning as controllers. These latter applications, known as embedded systems, can be found in control systems for trains, aircraft and automobiles; medical equipment; telecommunications systems; and consumer electronics and appliances. This explosive growth of computer systems in use in almost every new appliance or vehicle has resulted in a strong demand for engineers trained in the development of these systems, and all indications are that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future.

Career opportunities

Computer engineers (or computer hardware engineers) research, design, develop, test, and oversee the manufacture and installation of computer hardware, including computer chips, circuit boards, computer systems, and related equipment such as keyboards, routers, and printers.


This field should not be confused with computer software engineers, who design and develop the software systems that control computers. The work of computer hardware engineers is similar to that of electrical engineers in that they may design and test circuits and other electronic components; however, computer hardware engineers do that work only as it relates to computers and computer-related equipment. They work on the design, planning, development, testing, and even the supervision of manufacturing of computer hardware -- including everything from chips to device controllers. They also focus on computer networks for the transmission of data and multimedia. The work of a computer engineer is grounded in the hardware -- from circuits to architecture -- but also focuses on operating systems and software. Computer engineers must understand logic design, microprocessor system design, computer architecture, computer interfacing, and continually focus on system requirements and design.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Computer engineer
  • Computer network architects
  • Computer systems engineer
  • Controls engineer
  • Hardware design engineer
  • Mechatronics engineer
  • Microsystems engineer
  • Network engineer
  • Product engineer
  • Test engineer
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • College Professor
  • Lead Research Scientist
  • Research & Development Engineer
  • Senior Embedded Software Engineer
  • System Architect
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Review requirements of Engineering Admission Agreement
Completion of associate degree (A.S. in Engineering or A.S. in Science)
Minimum GPA of 3.0
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better
Earn a minimum grade of "B" in all your math, science and engineering classes

Highest level of math required
  • MATH 201 or higher
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
Additional tuition/fees
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 3.0+ cumulative GPA to declare

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2021-2022

Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG, CHM, EGR, and MTH classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Attend cultural events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to Computer Engineering through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
Experience Year 2
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Review VCU's College of Engineering website for course requirements and possible connections with faculty and peers.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG, CHM, EGR, and MTH classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Computer Engineering through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Review VCU's College of Engineering website for course requirements and possible connections with faculty and peers.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering)

Northern Virginia Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 (or SDV 101) College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education
CST May be selected from the following: CST 100, CST 110, CST 126, or CST 229. SPCH 3 Elective
Humanities/Fine Arts PHI 220 Ethics PHIL 201 3 Major (Ancillary)
MTH 263 Calculus I (earn minimum grade of "B") MATH 200 4 Major (Ancillary)
Social/Behavioral Science ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (students who complete both ECO 201-202 will fulfill the ECON 205 requirement) ECON 211 3 Major (Ancillary)
EGR 121 Foundations of Engineering (earn minimum grade of "B") Note: students who complete EGR 121-122 will fulfill the EGRE 101 requirement ENGR 2XX 2 Elective
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education
MTH 264 Calculus II (earn minimum grade of “B”) MATH 201 4 Major (Ancillary)
PHY 231 University Physics I (earn minimum grade of “B”) PHYS 207 5 Major (Ancillary)
Technical Elective 1 CHM 111 General Chemistry I (earn minimum grade of "B") CHEM/Z 101 4 Major (Ancillary)
Technical Elective 2 EGR 122 Engineering Design (earn minimum grade of "B") Note: EGR 121 + EGR 122 = EGRE 101 EGRE 101 3 Major
Technical Elective 3 EGR 251 Basic Electric Circuits I (earn minimum grade of "B") Note: students who complete both EGR 251 and 255 will fulfill the EGRE 206 requirement. EGRE 206 3 Major
MTH 265 Calculus III (earn minimum grade of “B”) MATH 307 4 Major (Technical Elective)
PHY 232 University Physics II (earn minimum grade of “B”) PHYS 208 5 Major (Ancillary)
Social/Behavioral Science ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics (students who complete both ECO 201-202 will fulfill the ECON 205 requirement) ECON 210 3 Major (Ancillary)
Humanities/Fine Arts (Select 1): CST 151 Film Appreciation I OR ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I OR ENG 242 Survey of American Literature II OR ENG 243 Survey of English Literature I OR ENG 244 Survey of English Literature II OR ENG 251 Survey of World Literature I OR ENG 252 Survey of World Literature II VCU equivalent 3 General education
MTH 267 Differential Equations (earn minimum grade of “B”) MATH 301 3 Major (Ancillary)
Technical Elective 4 EGR 265 Digital Electronics and Logic Design (earn minimum grade of "B") EGRE 254 3 Major
Technical Elective 5 EGR 255 Electric Circuits Laboratory (earn minimum grade of "B") Note: students who complete both EGR 251 and 255 will fulfill the EGRE 206 requirement. ENGR 2XX 1 Elective
Technical Elective 6 EGR 126 Computer Programming for Engineers (earn minimum grade of "B") EGRE 245 3 Major
Northern Virginia Credits Transferred to VCU 66
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
CMSC 312 Introduction to Operating Systems 3 Major
EGRE 207 Electric Circuits II 4 Major
EGRE 246 Advanced Engineering Programming 3 Major
EGRE 306 Introduction to Microelectronics 4 Major
EGRE 335 Signals and Systems 4 Major
EGRE 337 Statistical Information Processing 3 Major
EGRE 347 Applied Object-oriented Programming 3 Major
EGRE 364 Microcomputer Systems 4 Major
EGRE 365 Digital Systems 4 Major
EGRE 426 Computer Organization and Design 3 Major
EGRE 428 Introduction to Integrated Systems Design 2 Major
EGRE 429 Advanced Digital Systems Design 2 Major
ENGR 402 + ENGR 403 Senior Design Studio (Seminar) + Senior Design Studio (Seminar) 2 Major
EGRE Select one of the following sequences: EGRE 404 + EGRE 405 OR EGRE 406 + EGRE 407 4 Major
Technical electives 13 Major
MATH 211 Mathematical Structures 3 Major (Ancillary)
SPCH 321 Speech for Business and the Professions 3 Major (Ancillary)
Credits completed at VCU 64
Bachelor's degree total 130