Computer Engineering and Physics, BSCompE

This intercollege dual major serves students who would like to explore their interest in physics while earning the benefit of an accredited Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. The dual major combines a major in physics from the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences with the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Because of the large body of shared knowledge between computer engineering and physics, an integrated dual major between these two disciplines is a logical course of study and can be accomplished within a student's usual five-year program (including three co-op placements) without requiring course overloading in any semester. A student graduating from this program will have studied both the physical fundamentals and computer systems.

Students interested in this program should contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering or the Department of Physics as early as possible, preferably prior to registering for freshman courses.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Major GPA Requirement

2.000 minimum GPA required in EECE courses


Complete 48 semester hours in engineering as indicated below.

Required Courses
EECE 2150Circuits and Signals: Biomedical Applications5
EECE 2160Embedded Design: Enabling Robotics4
Computer Engineering Fundamentals
EECE 2322
and EECE 2323
Fundamentals of Digital Design and Computer Organization
and Lab for EECE 2322
EECE 2540Fundamentals of Networks4
EECE 2560Fundamentals of Engineering Algorithms4
Electrical Engineering Fundamentals
If more than one electrical engineering fundamentals course is taken, it can count as a technical elective.
Complete one of the following:4
Fundamentals of Electronics
and Lab for EECE 2412
Fundamentals of Linear Systems
Fundamentals of Electromagnetics
and Lab for EECE 2530
Capstone Courses
EECE 4790Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone 14
EECE 4792Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone 24
Technical Electives
One CS course from the following approved list may be taken toward the EECE technical elective requirement:8
Enabling Engineering
Directed Study
Independent Study
EECE 3324 to EECE 4698
Sustainable Energy: Materials, Conversion, Storage, and Usage
Nanotechnology in Engineering
Foundations of Cybersecurity
Database Design
Object-Oriented Design
Building Game Engines
IS 4200 to IS 4700
Supplemental Credit
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement:3
Cornerstone of Engineering 1
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement:3
Cornerstone of Engineering 2


Complete 63 semester hours in mathematics and science as indicated below.

Required Mathematics/Science
CHEM 1151
and CHEM 1153
General Chemistry for Engineers
and Recitation for CHEM 1151
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 1342Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2321Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2341Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineering4
MATH 3081Probability and Statistics4
Complete one of the following:5
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Complete one of the following:5
Physics 2
and Lab for PHYS 1165
Physics for Engineering 2
and Lab for PHYS 1155
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155
PHYS 2303Modern Physics4
PHYS 2305Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics4
PHYS 3600Advanced Physics Laboratory4
PHYS 3602Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 5115Quantum Mechanics4
Advanced Physics Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Mathematical and Computational Methods for Physics
PHYS 3600 to PHYS 7999
Supplemental Credit
1 semester hour from the following course counts toward the mathematics/science requirement:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 2

Professional Development

Required Professional Development
GE 1000Introduction to the Study of Engineering1
EECE 2000Introduction to Engineering Co-op Education1
EECE 3000Professional Issues in Engineering1
Additional Required Courses
One credit hour from the following course counts toward the engineering requirement:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 1

Integrative Requirement

The following course, which counts toward the engineering requirement above, is an integrative course:

EECE 4790Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone 14

Writing Requirement and NUpath Courses

A grade of C or higher is required:
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
NUpath Requirements through General Electives
NUpath requirements Interpreting Culture (IC), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Differences and Diversity (DD) are not explicitly satisfied by required engineering courses. Students are responsible for satisfying these requirements through general electives.

Required General Electives

Complete two academic, nonremedial, nonrepetitve courses, each equivalent to 4 semester hours.

Course Work That Does Not Count Toward the Engineering Degree

Students in engineering are allowed to count a maximum of two pass/fail courses toward their degree program. Only general electives outside the College of Engineering may be taken on a pass/fail grading basis. A maximum of one pass/fail course is allowed per semester.

Program Requirement

132 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 1341 (FQ)4MATH 1342 (FQ)4Vacation0Vacation0
CHEM 11514PHYS 1165 (ND)4  
CHEM 11530PHYS 1166 (AD)1  
PHYS 1161 (ND)4GE 1502 (ER)4  
PHYS 1162 (AD)1   
GE 10001   
GE 15014   
ENGW 1111 (WF)4   
 22 13 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 2321 (FQ)4PHYS 2305 (ND)4Vacation0Co-op0
MATH 23414EECE 20001  
PHYS 2303 (ND)4EECE 21505  
EECE 21604CE fundamentals4  
 CS 1800 (FQ)4  
 CS 18021  
 16 19 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PHYS 3602 (ND)4PHYS 3600 (ND, AD< WI)4Co-op0
 EE fundamentals4General elective4 
 CE fundamentals 5  
 ENGW 3302 (WD)4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PHYS 5115 (ND, FQ)4EECE 4790 (EI, WI, CE)4Co-op0
 EECE 30001EECE technical elective4 
 CE fundamentals4  
 MATH 3081 (AD)4  
 General elective4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 5
Co-op0EECE 4792 (EI, WI, CE)4  
 EECE technical elective4  
 PHYS advanced elective4  
 0 12  
Total Hours: 132