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The explosive growth of computer networking and communications has led to a confluence of computers and systems–long the province of computer engineers and scientists–and communication networks–a traditional province of electrical engineers. Indeed, the issues of computation and communication have become inextricably intertwined. The Computer and Telecommunications Engineering major is an innovative and topical degree program which weaves this synergistic view of computer systems, the relevant elements of electrical and systems engineering and telecommunication networks seamlessly into the curriculum.
This eclectic program draws on traditional strengths in computers and computer engineering and in telecommunications in the Departments of Electrical & Systems Engineering and Computer and Information Science to provide a broad foundational base in the theory and practice of modern computer engineering. Through flexible elective courses, the curriculum offers unique access to a wealth of telecommunication network technological expertise across the university in areas such as robotics, cognition, biotechnology, and microelectronics, as well as a complete panoply of offerings in all areas of telecommunications such as policy, protocols, software and hardware. Through judicious selections of elective courses in the curriculum, students in the program can craft uniquely individualized degrees reflecting their career goals and interests.
Students graduating with a Computer and Telecommunications Engineering degree will find a plethora of career opportunities in a wide range of companies and industries where expertise in digital systems, computer hardware, and networking is needed. Typical examples are companies specializing in products in microelectronics, computers, and communications, as well as consulting firms providing software and hardware services. The emphasis on a strong theoretical and analytical background in the curriculum also provides a strong foundation for students who wish to go on to graduate studies in electrical and computer engineering and computer science to specialize in fields such as advanced computer architecture, VLSI design, robotics, and telecommunications. Students are also prepared to succeed in graduate school at the master’s and Ph.D. levels in computer engineering, electrical engineering and telecommunications.
Program Educational Objectives: Graduates in Computer and Telecommunications Engineering will:
 • Successfully integrate the fundamentals of computer and telecommunications engineering and design/realization practices to develop innovative solutions to complex technological problems;
 • Possess effective communication skills, excel in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, and have an appreciation for non-technical disciplines;
 • Be prepared to launch their careers or pursue graduate studies in computer engineering, telecommunications engineering or their chosen field; and engage in life-long learning; and
 • Be recognized in their chosen fields for their leadership, integrity and sensitivity to global societal issues.
The minimum requirements for the BSE degree in Computer and Telecommunications Engineering are:
 • Six Mathematics courses
 • Four and one half Natural Science courses
 • Sixteen Engineering courses
 • Four Technical Elective courses
 • Seven Social Science, Humanities, or Technology in Business and Society courses
 • Three Free Elective courses
Digital Media Design
The Digital Media Design (DMD) program prepares students to understand and apply theoretical, practical, artistic, aesthetic, and experiential principles associated with computer graphics, to develop new technologies and applications, and to participate in interdisciplinary projects.
Interactive entertainment and computer-animated visual effects are now part of our mainstream culture. Sixty percent of all Americans older than the age of six, or about 145 million people, currently play video games, making the game industry larger than the film industry in terms of gross revenues. In addition, many of the most popular films in theatres today owe a large part of their success to the quality and believability of their digital special effects. Creating such computer-generated imagery is no trivial task. It requires a delicate blending of art with science by teams of highly skilled professionals, including artists, animators, writers, designers, engineers and software developers. It also requires cutting-edge technology and tools. While there are very few academic programs at four-year universities adequately preparing students for such positions, the Digital Media Design program is recognized as a leader in the field. DMD students are currently working at such companies as Curious Pictures, CORE Animation, Disney Feature Films, Electronic Arts, Pixar, and a host of design companies around the globe.
Digital Media Design is an interdisciplinary major based in the Engineering School with major coursework in computer science, combined with communication theory courses from the Annenberg School for Communication, and fine arts courses from the School of Design. The program was created for students who have a passion for computer graphics, animation, virtual reality, and other interactive environments. Our goal is to educate students who will utilize their superior technical expertise, as well as their superb communication skills to bridge the barriers that currently exist between artists and engineers in the