From designing computer software to developing a child’s toy, computer engineers’ work is far ranging, complex and collaborative. With each class you take, we’ll teach you how to tackle problems and challenges that integrate computer capability and help create new, state-of-the-art products. This program has a strong foundation of math, computer science and the physical sciences, and you’ll delve into the inner workings of computers with a course of study that gives you an in-depth, hands-on look at computers of all sizes — micro, mini and large. Just as important, you’ll learn the business implication of your future work and how to communicate ideas and innovations to a wide range of people.
- The electrical and computer engineering department is one of Clemson’s largest with 571 undergraduates and more than 180 graduate students.
- The average starting salary for Clemson’s bachelor’s computer engineering graduates is $61,000, according to self-reported survey data from 2013-14 graduates.
- Some graduates have gone on to study at MIT, Stanford, Berkeley and Georgia Tech.
- Our graduates have found positions with companies such as Intel, IBM, Duke Energy, Microsoft, Texas Instruments and SPAWAR.
WHAT YOU'LL STUDY
Freshmen who major in engineering at Clemson are initially admitted into our general engineering program, where you’ll have a year to explore many different engineering disciplines, meet faculty from each of our engineering departments and discover which major fits your personal interests and talents. On the admissions application, you'll apply as a general engineering major.
Teamwork and collaboration are crucial for computer engineers to master, so from your first day on campus, you’ll learn how to solve real-world problems as part of a team. You’ll study circuits and electronics, computer hardware and computer software to name a few. Senior year, you can narrow your study focus even more by choosing one of the following technical elective tracks: communications and networks; digital signal processing; electronics; robotics; computer hardware; and software and architecture.
Many of our students take their studies and concept understanding to the next level by participating in Clemson’s cooperative education program. With this program, you’ll spend alternating semesters on campus and working at an industry partner, which allows you to take what you’re learning in the classroom and apply it in the workplace, and vice versa.
EXPERIENCES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
From the iPhone to the robot, computer engineers at Clemson have the opportunity to design, create and program utilities by applying classroom concepts to the building of computer devices. Computer engineering majors also have the opportunity to make connections, assume leadership roles and get hands-on experience in the industry.
Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.
WHERE OUR RECENT GRADUATES HAVE GONE
Software Engineer I
Embedded Software Engineer I
CPU Systems Engineer
Information Systems Analyst
Michelin North America
Software Developer / Controls Engineer
Universal Avionics Systems Corporation
RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
Dual M.S. Computer Engineering and MBA
University of Tennessee
Ph.D. Computer Engineering
University of Michigan
Georgia Institute of Technology
COMMON CAREER AREAS
- Electrical / Computer Engineering
- Power Electronics
- Power Systems
- Control Systems
- Digital Signal Processing
- Image Processing and Robotics
- Computer Engineering
- Plasma Engineering
- Computer Vision
- Any Engineering Discipline
- Sales and Marketing
- Research and Development
Used with permission from the University of Tennessee.
FIND OUT MORE
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CES Undergraduate Recruitment Director