Computer Engineering Program



Computer Engineering includes the design, implementation, and programming of digital computers and computer-controlled electronic systems. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the School of Computing jointly offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. The program is administered by the Computer Engineering Committee, which consists of faculty members from both departments.

Direct Admission Requirements

Students meeting the following criteria can be directly admitted to the EE major:

  • High School GPA of 3.6 or higher; AND
  • Math ACT Score of at least 28 – OR – SAT Math Score of at least 630. Students must be ready to enroll in Calculus I (MATH 1210 or MATH 1310)

Students meeting the above criteria should designate their major as “Electrical Engineering” during the online application process. All other students should use the pre-major path described below.

Indirect Admission and the Pre-Major Process

Students can also become an Electrical Engineering major through a pre-major process or the “traditional” process.

Students should meet with an advisor to declare a “Pre-Electrical Engineering” designation. Pre-majors will be eligible to enroll in all of the courses required to apply for major status.

To apply for major status, pre-major students must take the following courses and meet the following expectations:

Course NumberCreditsDescription
ECE 12504.0Electrical and Computer Engineering Design
Math 1210 or 13104.0Calculus I or Engineering Calculus I
Math 1220 or 13204.0Calculus II or Engineering Calculus II
Phys 22104.0Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
CS 14104.0Program Design in C or Object-Oriented Programming
CS 24204.0Algorithms & Data Structures
WRTG 2010 3.02nd Year Writing


Admission Requirements

  • Students must earn a 2.8 GPA in the required pre-major classes
  • ECE 1250, PHYS 2210, CS 1410, CS 2420 and WRTG 2010 must be passed with a grade of C- or better
  • Calculus I and II must be passed with a grade of C or better
  • Grades from transfer courses from other institutions will be counted the same as University of Utah courses for admission purposes only. Technical transfer classes with grades below C- and technology classes are not accepted in the Electrical Engineering program. 

Advising and Assistance

Prospective students with questions about the admissions process and course registration should contact our academic advisor.

Continuing Performance

Current students should be familiar with the Department’s policy on continuing performance.Students must maintain a 2.5 or higher cumulative University of Utah GPA and a 2.5 technical GPA (calculated from ECE courses and CS courses).