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School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Undergraduate Computer Engineering

About the major

Computer engineers develop computer hardware and software, digital systems of all descriptions, microprocessor systems, and integrated circuits. They also design components and controls for embedded systems such as those found in modern aircraft, security systems, vending machines, cars, appliances, and a growing number of devices common in contemporary living.

The major in computer engineering includes three areas of special emphasis:

  • Embedded systems
  • Operating systems and firmware
  • Hardware design

EECS puts an emphasis on hands-on experiences which are highlighted in:

Strengths of the program

  • Benefit from industry-university partnerships and participate in summer internships.
  • Participate in research programs on integrated circuit design, digital systems design (including signal processing and communications), networking, and medical computer imaging.
  • Enjoy vast resources in lab facilities, computers, and personnel.
  • Tackle intricate design problems using well-equipped laboratories with the most modern digital design software available.
  • You can join a math, science, and engineering community residence hall at WSU Pullman—share classes with your neighbors, study together, get free tutoring, and use the hall’s computer lab.
  • Gain skills through a program that combines computer science, software engineering, and electrical engineering.


Graduates of WSU’s computer engineering program have designed new Intel processors, avionics for space vehicles, and breakthrough medical products. Some serve as executives, entrepreneurs, and leaders of many high-tech industries, particularly those in micro-processing and computing, such as Intel and Hewlett-Packard.

Employers seek graduates with computer application skills in the traditional engineering fields, computer and data processing skills, and hardware and software development.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that computer engineering is the fastest growing engineering discipline. This growth is expected to continue as computer-driven devices become even more common.