What You’ll Learn

Have you ever wondered how bomb disposal robots operate? When the Bomb Squad is called into an emergency situation, these life-saving robots can mean the difference between a sigh of relief and a tragic ending.

If you decide to become a computer engineering major at JCSU, you’ll learn what makes robots tick. You’ll even have the chance to build some of your own.

What will I study as a computer engineering major?

Our computer engineering major combines the best of electrical engineering and computer science. You’ll gain broad skills in both hardware and software — which are in high demand on the job market today.

As a major in our program, you’ll have hands-on experience building computers and writing programs to operate your invention. Your professors will guide you to think logically — but also creatively — to design, code and operate your own electronic devices.

To keep our program up to date with the latest developments in technology, we recently developed a bioinformatics minor, which combines computer science and biology. With a minor in bioinformatics, you’ll gain the tools to understand complex biological systems that include: 

  • Entire ecological systems
  • Specific human diseases
  • Cellular and molecular networks

Our bioinformatics minor also allows our students to work on research related to the Human Genome Project. If you choose this career path, you’ll have access to databases all over the world, as well as access to a supercomputer at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Popular classes in the computer engineering program



CSC 132 Introduction to Programming

Learn how to design, code and execute programs using programming languages like C++ and Java.

CSE 334 Electronic Measurements and Design

Explore the use of electronics measuring equipment and design a variety of circuits and power electronic devices.

CSC 339 Bioinformatics Programming

Learn how to manipulate genetic sequences stored in databases around the world, including a supercomputer in Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

CSE 434 Advanced Electronics Systems

Study advanced electronics systems such as robotics, analog and digital communications systems, microwave systems and transmission line systems.

Where will I study computer engineering?

Through your lab classes, you'll be trained in the correct and safe way to handle chemicals and high-tech equipment. Our on-campus research facilities include:

  • MACMAS Laboratory (Multidisciplinary Applied Computational Modeling and Simulation)
    Used for computational research, this lab was designed to comply with the standards, instrumentation and layout used for the computational modeling lab at MIT.
  • Electronics and Cyber Security Research Center
    Voice recognition, image enhancement, computer forensics, network security and risk assessment/management are some areas of research aided by the software and hardware equipment in this center.
  • Robotics and Automatic Control Laboratory
    This lab features industrial and educational robots, digital and analog automatic control equipment and a chemical process simulator.
  • Database and Data Mining Laboratory
    Computers with software packages in the IBM-DB2 database systems are used for data mining and bioinformatics.
  • Digital and Analog Electronics Laboratories
    Two labs have signal generators, digital multimeters, oscilloscopes and training kits to examine electronic and electric circuits and digital and analog electronics design.

What will I learn outside the computer engineering program?

JCSU is a private liberal arts university. What this means to you is that your education will broadly cover all areas of study. The diversity of your classes will help you look at “the big picture” in any career you choose.

  • Classes in science and communication arts will give you a definite advantage in the job market and workplace.
  • Taking several English and foreign language classes will help you interact with a global community that is getting smaller each day.
  • By taking math and history classes, you’ll have a better understanding of the world around you.
  • Health and physical education courses give you the knowledge to cope with everyday stress and lead a better, longer life.

Having a college education will give you the tools to succeed in life. Having a liberal arts education will give you the opportunity to take your success further.

The information on this page is maintained by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.330.1419.