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Computer Engineering

In 1822, Englishman Charles Babbage designed and began developing the Difference Engine, the first automatic computing engine that had the ability to compute several sets of numbers and make a hard copy of the results.  Lack of funding arrested its development back then, but built to his exact specifications 153 year later, Babbage’s Difference Engine weighed five tons and was 11 feet long.  Now look at your smart phone.  What an incredible journey computer engineering has made.  Want to be part of that ongoing journey?  Our program will make you an integral part of the field that has transformed the world.

Get the foundation that leads to successful careers.

Computer engineering involves the design and development of computer hardware and software and an understanding of how the computer and its devices interact — which is why computer engineering is closely allied with electrical engineering and computer science.  A computer engineer’s job also includes integrating software options with the hardware that will drive applications in many different fields such as:

  • Biomedical engineering/food industry
  • Design of digital systems in general
  • Robotics/microcontroller/ microprocessor applications
  • Design and operation of data communications systems

Our program will give you a rock-solid foundation in both hardware design and software engineering.  The emphasis throughout the curriculum is on the design experience, leading to a two-semester project in the senior year.  For the first semester, you’ll select a topic, complete a literature search, and begin the design process.  In the second semester, you’ll complete your design, implement your project, and present the results.

Outstanding computer labs and facilities and a dedicated, accessible, full-time faculty will enhance your learning.  You’ll reap the rewards of the individual attention you get from your instructors throughout your career.

Earn your M.S. in Electrical Engineering in one additional year.

The more you know, the more successful you could be.  Due to the advancements in the engineering profession, employers are now looking for a breadth and depth of knowledge beyond the bachelor’s degree.  In fact, the master’s degree is slowly becoming the entry-level degree into the profession.

In light of this development, we offer you a seamless transition to the master’s in electrical engineering.  You’ll be able to complete both your bachelor’s in computer engineering and your master’s in electrical engineering with a concentration in computer engineering in five years.

What is the upside of a master's degree?  Typical salaries for engineers with a master’s degree are about 25% higher than those with a bachelor’s degree alone.   You’ll also see a wider and more attractive range of career opportunities and quicker promotions.

Intern your way to a permanent job.

According to Career Opportunity News  “…employers rate having had an internship to be more important than grade point average, leadership qualities, or technical skills.”

We have a strong internship program for our engineering students with placements in one of the many engineering firms in the area.  We’re proud to say these firms show a great preference for UNH engineering interns.

Our internship program includes a minimum of 300 hours during which you’ll:

  • Perform engineering or related duties that are relevant to electrical and computer engineering in a related industry
  • Gain priceless professional experience for your resume
  • Develop a professional network that can help you throughout your career 
  • Have the chance to explore various opportunities before you make a long-term commitment to a firm

Anywhere from 50-70% of employers hire their interns for permanent positions.  Former interns receive permanent position offers about 10% more of the time than students who have not completed an internship.

Graduates of our program have secured full-time positions at many local and regional companies, including Hewlett Packard, Pitney Bowes, Perkin-Elmer, Electric Boat, Trans Data, IBM, AT&T, United Illuminating, and the Department of Defense.


  1. Accreditation

    The Bachelor of Science program in computer engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,