What You’ll Learn

Have you ever wondered how to design and build mobile and industrial robots to perform specific operations, and how to implement microcontrollers to fulfill specific function controls in all aspects in our real world? When the Bomb Squad is called into an emergency situation, some 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 microcontrollers and robots tick. You’ll even have the chance to build some of them 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 will 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 will have hands-on experience building computers, microcontrollers, robots and writing programs to operate your inventions. Your professors will guide you to think logically — but also creatively — to design, code and operate your own electronic devices.

Most popular microcontrollers and robot systems available in our labs include:

  • TM4C123GXL Microcontroller evaluation board
  • TM4C123GH6PM 32-bit Microcontrollers
  • MSP432 32-bit microcontrollers
  • Lego robots
  • VEX robots
  • Parallax robots
  • Adept s650 and s600 industrial robots

To keep our program up to date with the latest developments in technology, we developed minors in Cyber Security and Bioinformatics. 

Bioinformatics minor

Recent advances in biology has resulted in an explosion of genetic data, requiring creative computerized solutions. Bioinformatics is the interdisciplinary field, combining computer science and biology. The minor in bioinformatics includes courses in biology, programming, statistics and database processing. You will learn to develop and use computational tools to organize and analyze complex molecular data. The minor is offered for majors in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems Engineering, Biology and General Sciences.

Cyber Security minor

The minor in Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary studies program. Cybersecurity broadly covers the fields of information security, network security, and computer system security. This minor designed to help students from all backgrounds achieve an educational foundation of technological, structural, social, and legal aspects used to secure computer networks and software.

The undergraduate minor in cybersecurity is open to students of any major able to meet the necessary prerequisites. 

Popular classes in the computer engineering program

Course

Description

CSC 230 Introduction to Programming

Learn how to design, code and execute programs using programming languages like Visual Basic.NET.

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 make programs to manipulate genetic sequences stored in databases around the world, using languages like Python.

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)

  • This lab is used for multidisciplinary computational research.

Located at Yancy Hall 114

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.

Located at Yancy Hall 309

Robotics and Automatic Control Laboratory

  • This lab features industrial and educational robots, digital and analog automatic control equipment and a chemical process simulator.

Located AT Yancy Hall 315

Center for Data Analytics

  • This lab is used for data analysis research such as data mining and big data. Research also focuses on data mining technologies in customer relationship management (CRM), and business and bioinformatics applications.

Located at NCS 131 

Center for BioInformatics

  • Lab with computers including software for exploration of molecular data and bioinformatics programming.

Located at NSC 130 

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. Located at Yancy Hall 212 and Yancy 213

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 704.330.1053.