Feb 28, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering (BSCmpE & BSEE) Dual Degree

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Programs: B.S.Cmp.E. & B.S.E.E.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering  
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building 327 ~ 260-481-6362

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a dual degree in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering for those students that wish to pursue both degrees.  Students will complete all of the requirements for both the BSCmpE and BSEE programs.

Our students, while drawn from diverse backgrounds, are all extremely able and committed to learning. Purdue University Fort Wayne delivers an exceptional educational experience to engineering students, encouraging collaboration and teamwork throughout the curriculum.

Student Learning Outcomes:

As a framework for the continuous improvement policy, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has adopted a set of program educational objectives that describe the anticipated accomplishments of our graduates within a few years after graduation.

The ECE department’s program educational objectives are to produce graduates who:

  1. Function and communicate effective to solve technical problems
  2. Advance professionally to roles of greater engineering responsibilities and/or by transitioning into leadership positions in business, government, and/or education
  3. Participate in life-long learning through the successful completion of advanced degree(s) professional development, and/or engineering certification(s)/licensure
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to community by applying technical skills and knowledge to support various service activities

The graduates from the dual BSCmpE/BSEE program will demonstrate that they have:

  1. The ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. The ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. The ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. The ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. The ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions.
  7. The ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


  • Both the Computer Engineering degree program and the Electrical Engineering degree program are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program Delivery:

  • The Dual BSCmpE/BSEE program is delivered primarily through on-campus courses; however, some of the required General Education courses are available as hybrid and/or on-line courses and those can be used to satisfy the program requirements.

Declaring this Dual Major:

Students interested in declaring a dual Computer Engineering/Electrical Engineering major can do so in one of two ways:

  • If the student is an ECE student already actively enrolled in one of the two programs, they simply need to speak with their assigned academic advisor about adding the other program as their second major
  • If the student is not a current ECE student, they will need to speak with an ECE faculty advisor, who will determine that the student has the required math and chemistry background to begin our programs

General Requirements:

Program Requirements:

In order to start in the Dual BSCmpE/BSEE program, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Math Placement at or above MA 15400
  • Have taken CHM 11100 or 1 year of high school chemistry in the last five (5) years

General Education Requirements

Students in the dual Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering degree program will satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements by taking the courses listed below.

1) This plan satisfies the competency requirements and the credit hour requirements

2) For B5 and B6, if the student selects a course that does not meet ALL outcomes for that competency, he/she must take another course that meets the rest of the outcomes for that competency

3) All courses used to satisfy the General Education Requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better

Category B: Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing

The courses provided below will satisfy areas B4 and B7; in order to fulfill the requirements for area B5 and B6, students must choose from the list of approved courses.  This list can be found in the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements section of this catalog.

Category C: Capstone

Major and Supporting Courses Required for the Dual Degree

Senior Design Requirement

Both the Computer Engineering degree and the Electrical Engineering degree require two semesters of Senior Design.  The first semester, ECE 40500, is counted as fulfilling the General Education Area C8 requirement, so it is not listed here.

Technical Electives Required for the Dual Degree

Students pursuing the dual Computer Engineering / Electrical Engineering degrees are required to take a minimum of 15 hours of Technical Electives.

Minimum of 6 credit hours must come from the Electrical Engineering Group 1 technical electives (except ECE 46500).

Minimum of 3 credit hours must come from the Computer Engineering Group 1 technical electives (except ECE 42800). 

The rest of the credits must come from the list of approved technical electives for the electrical engineering and computer engineering programs.

NOTE:  A course cannot be counted toward both an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree, with the exception for the students enrolled in the 5-Year BS/MSE Combined Degree Program.

GPA Requirement

You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in the 140 credits required for this dual degree program.

Total Credits Required: 140

Student Responsibilities

All dual degree students are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for their selected programs. Thus, it is essential that they develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing their academic career.

All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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