Computer Engineering (B.S.)

FAST FACTS ›

  • For freshmen, we offer a robotics course in which you build and program robots while competing against fellow classmates.
  • The electrical and computer engineering department is one of Clemson’s largest with 480 undergraduates and more than 170 graduate students.
  • 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.
ABOUT.

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.

CLASSES.

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.

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 robotics, image processing, software engineering, virtual reality, systems architecture and parallel processing to name a few.

In addition, we’re now offering three technical elective tracks that will allow you to take additional specialized classes in biomedical, renewable energy and electric vehicles. These additional classes will prepare you for career opportunities in these crucial and emerging industries.

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.

Curriculum:

Popular Minors:

  • Business Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Modern Languages

Similar Majors:

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.

Internships and Research Projects:

DEVELOP:
Learn how to develop applications for the iPhone, iTouch and iPad in our iDevice Laboratory.
AMBASSADOR:
As an upperclassman, join the ECE Undergraduate Ambassadors and be a cheerleader for this department. Conduct recruiting events for prospective students, direct study halls and network with faculty, alumni and fellow students.
CO-OP:
Put your classwork knowledge to work by spending alternate semesters working at an industry and studying on campus as part of Clemson’s cooperative education program.
CONNECTIONS:
Form mentorships with electrical and computer engineering alumni or strong advocates. Mentors stay in touch with their mentee students throughout the academic year to motivate and excite them about the field.
COMPETE:
Lead your own course to meet yearly IEEE challenges and compete against teams from universities across the Southeast. Participate multiple times and gain hands-on experience and leadership skills.

Connect with Other Students:

CAREERS.

What are students doing at graduation?*

63%

Employed

25%

Grad School

12%

Seeking Employment

0%

Other

Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

    Intel — CPU Systems Engineer
    Universal Avionics Systems Corporation — Software Engineer
    Hartness International — Software Developer/Controls Engineer

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

  • University of Michigan — Ph.D.
  • Clemson University — Ph.D.
  • Georgia Tech — Ph.D.

Common Career Areas**

  • Electrical/Computer Engineering
    • Power Electronics
    • Power Systems
    • Communications
    • Electronics
    • Control Systems
    • Digital Signal Processing
    • Microelectronics
    • Image Processing and Robotics
    • Computer Engineering
    • Plasma Engineering
    • Computer Vision
  • Any Engineering Discipline
    • Production
    • Sales and Marketing
    • Management
    • Consulting
    • Research and Development
    • Teaching
    • Law
*Represents 25 of 93 Clemson University graduates who completed Michelin® Career Center surveys from 2009 to 2012.
**Used w/permission from Univ. of Tennessee.
FIND OUT MORE.

Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.

Christopher Porter, CES Undergraduate Recruitment Director
864-656-7870 — cporter@clemson.edu