Computer Engineering

Computer engineering deals with the research, development, design, operation and application of electronic digital computers and systems. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western Michigan University offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in computer engineering. The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

As a student in this program, you will study the architecture and physical construction, or hardware, of digital computers as well as important programming, or software, aspects of digital computers and systems.

Because all engineers must consider non-technical as well as technical factors in the design process, you will also be required to take courses in the humanities, social sciences and communication. Design courses in your senior year cap off your studies and give you a practical, integrated experience in engineering design.

Beyond the classroom

A cooperative education program is available if you wish to combine your education with industrial experience. After you complete your third semester of study, you can alternate between studying on campus and working in industry every other semester. Positions are available in a broad range of industries in manufacturing, product development and quality control.

You will also have the opportunity to qualify for our departmental scholarships and become a member of the Sunseeker solar racing team or one of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences' 25 other student organizations. WMU's student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers also holds regular meetings featuring guest speakers, technical films, field trips and social gatherings. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering sponsors seminars so you can hear professionals speak on current topics in electrical and computer engineering.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in computer engineering are working as:

  • Electrical engineers
  • Computer technicians
  • Computer-aided design technicians
  • Data technicians

Among the companies they work for are:

  • Blue Granite
  • BorgWarner Emissions
  • Burke Porter Machinery
  • Consumers Energy
  • Johnson Controls
  • Segway Inc.
  • The Boeing Company

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo