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Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

SIU Computer Science Students

Our program prepares you for success in the rapidly advancing field of technology. With a focus on hands-on learning, you will engage in practical projects, experiments, and research, gaining valuable experience that bridges theory and real-world application. Our curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including computer architecture, digital systems design, software engineering, networking, and more. Through collaboration with accomplished faculty and industry professionals, you will receive guidance and mentorship, fostering your growth as innovative problem solvers.

Our program functions as a multidisciplinary platform, integrating computer science and electrical engineering concepts. This combination enables you to develop a deep understanding of hardware and software integration, empowering them to design and implement cutting-edge computer systems. Through internships, industry partnerships, and career development support, our program ensures that graduates are well-equipped to excel in diverse roles within the ever-evolving field of computer engineering.

Degree Requirements

The Electrical Engineering degree program is accomplished by fulfilling the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.

  • Total Degree Requirements: 126 credit hours
  • University Core Curriculum: 39 credit hours
  • Major Requirements: 87 credit hours

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A specialization in Cyber Systems and Security Engineering offers an in-depth focus on safeguarding digital infrastructure and combating cybersecurity threats. This cutting-edge program equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to analyze, design, and implement secure systems, protecting against data breaches, hacking attempts, and emerging cyber threats.

Through a combination of specialized courses, hands-on projects, and practical training, students gain expertise in areas such as network security, cryptography, secure software development, ethical hacking, and risk management. With access to advanced labs and industry-standard tools, students collaborate with experienced faculty and industry professionals, preparing them for rewarding careers in cybersecurity, information assurance, and related fields. Graduates emerge as highly sought-after professionals capable of tackling complex cybersecurity challenges and safeguarding critical digital assets in today's interconnected world.

Career Opportunities

Completing our program opens up a wide range of exciting career opportunities in the ever-expanding tech industry. Graduates are well-equipped to pursue roles as computer hardware engineers, software developers, embedded systems engineers, network architects, cybersecurity specialists, and more. With the program's emphasis on practical skills and real-world application, students develop the expertise needed to design, develop, and optimize computer systems and software, making them highly sought-after in industries such as telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, healthcare, and beyond.

Student Organizations

Southern Illinois offers an array of vibrant student organizations for computer engineering students, providing valuable networking, skill-building, and community-building opportunities. These include the Security Dawgs, Robotics Club, Society of Women Engineers, and National Society of Black Engineers.

Contact Information

Mohammad Sayeh,
Program Coordinator

Engineering E-204
1230 Lincoln Dr
Carbondale, IL 62901

Jack Young,
Academic Advisor

Engineering D-104
1230 Lincoln Dr
Carbondale, IL 62901

Accreditation  ABET Logo

The Computer Engineering and Bachelor of Science degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET)