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2021-2022

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

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Engineering, Electrical/Computer Engineering Specialization (Reynolds Community College)
Reynolds Community College
Reynolds 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)

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering, Electrical/Computer Engineering Specialization)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Attend Reynolds Orientation (SOAR).
  • Register for SDV 101.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend cultural events at community college 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 Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
Experience Year 2
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Engineering-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • 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.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Reynolds Orientation (SOAR).
  • Register for SDV 101.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college 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 Virginia Wizard.
  • 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
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).

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.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Engineering-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • 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.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • 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)

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering, Electrical/Computer Engineering Specialization)

Reynolds Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 101 Orientation to STEM Disciplines UNIV 101 1 Elective
MTH 263 Calculus I (earn minimum grade of "B") MATH 200 4 Major
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
CHM 111 General Chemistry I (earn minimum grade of "B") CHEM/Z 101 4 Major
Social/Behavioral Science Select 1: HIS 101, HIS 102 VCU equivalent 3 General education
EGR 206 Engineering Economy (earn minimum grade of “B”) ECON 205 3 Major
EGR 124 Introduction to Engineering and Engineering Methods (earn minimum grade of "B") EGRE 101 3 Major
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education
CSC 130 Scientific Programming (earn minimum grade of “B”) - must be taken at Reynolds EGRE 245 4 Major
Humanities/Fine Arts PHI 111 Logic PHIL 221 3 General education
MTH 264 Calculus II (earn minimum grade of “B”) MATH 201 4 Major
PHY 241 University Physics I (earn minimum grade of “B”) PHYS 207 4 Major
CSC 210 Programming with C++ (earn minimum grade of “B”) EGRE 246 3 Major
MTH 266 Linear Algebra (earn minimum grade of “B”) MATH 310 3 Major
EGR 251 + EGR 255 Basic Electric Circuits I + Electric Circuits Laboratoory (earn minimum grade of “B”) EGRE 206 4 Major
MTH 265 Calculus III (earn minimum grade of “B”) MATH 307 4 Major (technical elective)
Social/Behavioral Science Select 1: HIS 101 or HIS 102 VCU equivalent 3 General education
PHY 242 University Physics II (earn minimum grade of “B”) PHYS 208 4 Major
MTH 267 Differential Equations (earn minimum grade of “B”) MATH 301 3 Major
PHI 220 Ethics PHIL 201 3 Major
HLT/PED Personal Wellness Elective VCU equivalent 1 Elective
Reynolds credits transferred to VCU 67
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
CMSC 312 Introduction to Operating Systems 4 Major
EGRE 207 Electric Circuits II 4 Major
EGRE 254 Digital Logic Design 4 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) and 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 (see VCU advisor for course options) 10 Major
MATH 211 Mathematical Structures 3 Major (Ancillary)
SPCH 321 Speech for Business and the Professions 3 Major (Ancillary)
Credits completed at VCU 63
Bachelor's degree total 130