Computer Engineering, B.S.

Design and develop integrated hardware systems that push the very boundaries of physics.

From microprocessors to embedded computing devices, laptops to supercomputers, as a Computer Engineering degree student at Lewis, you will gain the expertise necessary to help invent the next generation of computing.

Forbe's Magazine's #4 Highest Starting Avg. Salary for Class of 2017 Graduates - Computer Engineering, $61,000

Lewis' state-of-the-art undergraduate lab resources and supportive educational community provide the perfect learning environment to become a successful Computer Engineer. In this interdisciplinary curriculum that combines math, computer science, physics and electrical engineering, you will become an expert in:

  • How microprocessors function, are designed and are optimized
  • How integrated systems of electrical components are designed and how data is communicated among them to process instructions
  • How software is written, compiled and optimized for specific hardware platforms
  • The boundaries of physics and how to push them in order to develop the next generation of computing devices

ABET Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. 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.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and social context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Lewis University Computer Engineering Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates will have the right technical skills and are ready to become professionals who specialize in implementing computing systems that pair innovative software and hardware components to solve problems efficiently and in some optimal sense, 
  2. Graduates will have a deep understanding of theory and are able to adapt to new discoveries, methods and technologies in a rapidly evolving field.
  3. Graduates will be ready to start meaningful careers in engineering due to having been provided hands-on experience opportunities to work in internship, co-op, and volunteer capacities.
  4. Graduates will be today’s problem solvers and tomorrow’s transformative innovators due to having been provided a well-rounded liberal arts education that cultivate critical thinking, creativity, innovation, teamwork and communication skills.
  5. Graduates will have developed lifelong commitment to serving others responsibly due to having been engaged with the community which demonstrate to them the profoundly positive impact their knowledge and skills can have on diverse organizations. 
  6. Graduates will design products that serve the needs of people responsibly, considering factors such as financial needs, ethical standards, resources, safety, sustainability and social impact. 
  7. Graduates will make contributions to industry and successfully continue to learn through graduate studies and other forms of education. 
  8. Graduates will be well-positioned for career success due to having been provided career advising and opportunities for creating and maintaining beneficial networking connections.
  9. Graduates will receive a degree that is attractive to employers and elicit lifelong pride of their alma mater due to documented and verifiable quality of the education they received.

Why Lewis?

  • Unlike larger schools, at Lewis you're in the lab from day one - working shoulder-to-shoulder alongside faculty mentors
  • Brand new Science Center houses some of the most impressive undergraduate lab resources in the region
  • Fantastic internship programs with leading area employers
  • High-impact research opportunities

Computer Engineering or Computer Science?

Computer Engineers specialize more in designing and building computer hardware, and Computer Scientists focus more on designing and building computer software. The two work together to implement optimized and cyber-secure computing and communication systems that power all aspects of modern life. They are complementary pursuits, and Computer Engineers and Computer Scientists at Lewis will work together very closely to create cutting-edge and secure computing systems.


For more information contact the Office of Admission at or call (815)836-5250.