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Department of Electrical Engineering

Computer Engineering

Meet Your Major: Computer Engineering

As a computer engineering major, you’ll learn how to research, design, develop and test computer hardware — and supervise its manufacture and installation.

In a collaborative, hands-on environment, you’ll gain comprehensive knowledge of electrical engineering concepts, plus an in-depth look at data networking and communication. Bonus? Nearly 100 percent of Merrimack’s electrical engineering students find work within two months of graduation — and many commit to jobs before they even graduate!

What You’ll Learn

In the computer engineering major, you will:

  • Research, design and develop computing components — for example, microprocessors, circuit boards and computer chips — to create more powerful systems.
  • Learn how to ensure computer hardware components work together with the latest software.
  • Explore many concepts including electricity, electronics, electromagnetism, control systems, signal processing and telecommunications.
  • Benefit from a solid foundation in calculus, statistics, chemistry, physics and differential equations.
  • Get ample experience building, collaborating and working alongside other students in Merrimack’s state-of-the-art labs.

Hands-on Learning

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in internships and co-ops. It’s your chance to get real-world experience at industry leaders like Raytheon, Fidelity Investments, Phillips Medical and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the computer engineering program, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue advanced studies or a career in computer engineering. Positions may include:              

  • Computer hardware engineer
  • Computer network architect
  • Electrical engineer
  • IT consultant
  • Robotics lead
  • Systems administrator


What You’ll Take

You will take a combination of required and elective courses to satisfy the bachelor of science degree requirements.

Required Courses 

CSC 1610

Problem Solving with Programming 

CSC 2710

Analysis of Algorithms I

CSC 2820

Data Structures

CSC 3320 

Operating Systems

CSC 4720

Computer Architecture

CSC 5935 

Data Networking

EEN 3210

Electronics I

EEN 1001W

Introduction to Engineering

EEN 1200

Digital Fundamentals

EEN 2140

Circuit Theory II

EEN 2270

Embedded Microprocessors

EEN 4125

Discrete Time Signals and Systems

EEN 4960

Design Project I

EEN 4970

Design Project II


You must take two computer science or electrical engineering electives. 

Cognate Courses

CHM 1110

General Chemistry I

MTH 1217

Calculus I

MTH 1218

Calculus II

MTH 1314

Discrete Mathematics

MTH 1505

Applied Statistics and Probability for Engineers

MTH 3335

Linear Algebra

PHY 2211

Physics I

PHY 2212

Physics II

More Info

Kathleen Makiver
Academic Program Coordinator
Mendel 102


Jack Adams

Associate Professor & Chair,

Electrical Engineering