Engineering Computer Engineering (Omaha)

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College: Engineering
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Hours Required: 127
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5 for graduation
Minor Available: No
Advisor: Roger Sash
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Computer Engineering (Omaha)

Computer Engineering (Omaha)

COLLEGE: Engineering

MAJOR: Computer Engineering (Omaha)

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering


MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.5 for graduation


ADVISOR: Roger Sash


Chair: Jerry Hudgins, PKI 206C

Professors: Alexander, Asgarpoor, Balkir, Boye, Chen, Choobineh, Hoffman, Hudgins, Ianno, Lu, Otu, Perez, Sayood, Schubert, Sharif, Woollam, Wysocki

Professor of Practice: Bauer

Associate Professors: Ci, Franke-Schubert, Han, Jang, Nguyen, Peng, Qian, Qiao, Sash, Snyder, Vakilzadian, Varner, Yang

Associate Professors of Practice: Detloff, Gilmore

Assistant Professors: Argyropoulos, Qu

Assistant Professor of Practice: McCreight

Phone: 402-554-2288

FAX: 402-554-2289



The computer engineering program is administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the bachelor of science degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


The mission of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) programs on the Omaha campus at the University of Nebraska is to develop and maintain programs of excellence in teaching and research which meet the educational needs of its constituents, which will support the state of Nebraska in its development as a leading center for high-technology computer/electronics/ telecommunications industry and which will support national needs for well-educated ECE professionals.

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives are a statement of what the graduates are doing or are capable of doing three to five years after graduation. The students in the computer engineering program receive a strong foundation in engineering science and design that will enable them to pursue productive careers in not only the computer engineering field, but can also be used as the foundation for careers in other areas such as business, management, and medicine. Typical industries in which the computer engineering graduate would be employed could include those microprocessor/embedded system design, digital design, hardware/software integration, and computer architecture and parallel processing.

The Computer Engineering program prepares our graduates for their professional career with the objectives that within five years after graduation they will be:

  • Employed in industry, academia or government
  • Successful engineers who develop innovative solutions for hardware and software design and construction of embedded systems, computer systems and other applications of modern computer engineering
  • Functioning on teams, exhibiting leadership, and making effective contributions to the benefit of their workplace and community
  • Engaging in postgraduate education or pursuing professional development for continuously renewing and expanding their knowledge base
  • Performing engineering practice in context that reflects awareness of the ethics of their profession, and of the impacts of their work on the profession and society at large

These Program Educational Objectives were developed with input from the program’s educational objectives constituency consisting of employers (including CEEN Industry Advisory Board), graduates of the program, and faculty of the department.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are those abilities that a graduate of the computer engineering program will have attained so that he/she can meet the educational objectives established for the program.

At the time of graduation, students in the ECE Computer Engineering program will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • Function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • Have a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

These student outcomes have been developed with input from the program outcomes constituency group consisting of: Employers (including CEEN Industry Advisory Board), Graduates of the program, Faculty of the department, and Students in the program.

The individual holding this degree will have advanced knowledge in his or her field of engineering interest and in addition will have a university educational background involving mathematics, the physical sciences, and the humanities and social sciences. Completion of this curriculum will enable the graduate to enter employment in positions involving computer hardware design and applications, computer software design and development, microcomputer based applications, and computer networking. The program also leads to the preparation for graduate work in computer engineering, computer science or electrical engineering.


The department offers several areas of concentrations so students can attain an in-depth study of a topic in computer engineering or electronics engineering. The computer engineering concentrations are:

Advanced Digital Design

This area includes advanced digital design topics from both the circuit and system perspectives. Topics include the structure and analysis of digital integrated circuits, interface signal integrity, Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) design and synthesis, Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) design, and advanced processor designs. Lab exercises provide hands-on experience with design tools and the design process.

Multimedia Systems

This area includes topics on 1) the temporal and spectral analysis of digital signals and systems, the design of digital filters and systems, and advanced systems including multi-rate digital signal processing techniques; 2) the spatial and spectral analysis of digital images, the design of multi-dimensional digital filters and systems, and advanced theories and technologies in multimedia processing systems; and 3) the software and hardware system designs for real-time and offline machine vision and multimedia understanding systems.


General Requirements


Upon entry into the program, each student will be assigned a faculty academic advisor. It is required that the student meet with the advisor prior to each class registration period and that all courses to be applied toward the degree be selected with the advice and approval of the advisor. Students are expected to have their academic records reviewed and obtain approval from the department prior to application to the University registrar for award of the degree in order to insure that all curricular requirements will be satisfied by the time of intended graduation.


Because of the rapid developments in the field of computer engineering, the curricular requirements are continually reviewed and upgraded to reflect technological advances. Curricular sequence and course descriptions contained herein are intended to serve as general guidelines. Contact the department for information on any changes to the requirements that are currently in effect but not listed in this catalog. Currently enrolled students are expected to modify their programs to take advantage of such revisions. Students who do not maintain continuous progress toward the degree through enrollment in applicable course work will be considered as new students upon reentering the computer or electronics engineering curricular sequence and will be subject to the requirements of the curriculum current at the time of their reentry. Certain courses may not be valid as prerequisites or as credit toward the degree after two academic years; the student’s academic advisor should be consulted regarding applicability.

The department maintains a high standard of excellence in meeting its objective of providing the student with extensive experience in the fields of computer engineering and electronics engineering. The development of both hardware and software and the knowledge of the interrelationship of these areas is enhanced through the extensive use of laboratory equipment. The applicable University bulletins and College academic policies must be followed to ensure that the student satisfies the campus general education requirements.

Senior Thesis

The capstone senior thesis requirement provides a unique and challenging opportunity for the undergraduate student to demonstrate his/her ability to apply the knowledge gained in the course work sequence to the planning, design, execution, testing and reporting of a significant project in the applications of engineering principles. The initiative and responsibility expected of the student executing the senior thesis parallel the expectations of the employer of the program graduate.


Computer engineering, electrical engineering and electronic engineering courses which are described in the catalog but are not shown as requirements in the semester sequences are offered as the need arises to provide co-interest areas wherein the students may broaden their background in the applications of computer engineering or electronics engineering. In addition, appropriate specified technical electives will be selected to augment the student’s particular area of interest. The applicability of transfer course work with engineering content toward credit in the curriculum is determined on a case-by-case basis by the department.

Special Interest Areas

Opportunities are provided for the development of areas of special interest through enrollment in the Individual Study in Computer and Electronics Engineering courses which are offered at the freshman through senior level for the student who may wish to develop a topic under the guidance of a department faculty member. Enrollment is by permission after approval of a written proposal. Special Topics in Computer and Electronics Engineering classes also are offered by the department as the need arises to cover topics needing emphasis as a result of the rapidly developing fields of computer engineering and electronics engineering. Academic advisors should be consulted regarding the particular topics to be covered and the necessary prerequisites for each offering of this course.

Students who expect to continue their education at the graduate level after the award of the baccalaureate degree should consult their advisor regarding course selections that would enhance that objective.

Students are encouraged to develop their professional and leadership potential through participation in student chapters of related professional organizations and in University extracurricular activities. Participation in the University Honors Program is encouraged for those who qualify.


Requirements for the Degree

First Semester

CEEN 103 Computer & Electronics Engineering Fundamentals4

CSCE 155A Computer Science I or CSCE 155E Computer Science I: Systems Engineering Focus3

ENGL 151 Writing: Rhetoric as Argument3

MATH 106 Calculus I5


Second Semester

CEEN 106 Microprocessor Applications3

CEEN 225 Computer & Electronics Engineering Seminar1

CSCE 156 Computer Science II3

MATH 107 Calculus II*4

PHYS 211 General Physics I4

PHYS 221 General Physics Lab I1


*Calculus II is a 5 credit course on the Omaha campus. Students taking calculus II on the Lincoln campus will need to obtain an additional one credit hour of math or science.

Third Semester

CEEN 213 Electrical Circuits I4

CEEN 218 Electrical Circuits Lab1

MATH 221 Differential Equations3

PHYS 212 General Physics II4

COMM 109 Fundamentals of Human Communication3


Fourth Semester

CEEN 222 Electronic Circuits I4

CEEN 313 Switching Circuits Theory4

JGEN 300 Technical Communication II3

MATH 208 Calculus III4


Fifth Semester

CEEN 310 Digital Design & Interfacing4

CEEN 332 Assembly Language Programming1

CSCE 310 Data Structures & Algorithms3

MATH 314 Linear Algebra3

MATH 380 Statistics & Applications (STAT 380)3

ACE Elective SLO 53


Sixth Semester

CEEN 325 Communications Systems4

CEEN 433 Microprocessor System Design4

Conc/ENGR Electives6

ACE Elective SLO 63


Seventh Semester

CEEN 436 Embedded Microcontroller Design4

CEEN 496 Senior Thesis Proposal1

ENGR 469 Tech, Science & Civ (UNO)3

Conc/ENGR Electives5

ACE Elective SLO 73


Eighth Semester

CEEN 499 Senior Thesis3

Conc/ENGR Electives6

ACE Electives SLO 8 & 96


Students must complete one of the computer engineering concentrations.

Three hours of the engineering electives can be chosen from a list of approved non-CEEN courses.

Total Credit Hours Required127


Grade Rules

All course work must be of “C” grade level or higher to be credited toward graduation requirements or to be valid as a prerequisite for another course.


College Admission

College Admission

College Entrance Requirements

Students must have high school credit for (one unit is equal to one high school year):

1. 4 units of mathematics: 2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, 1 of precalculus and trigonometry.

2. 4 units of English.

3. 3 units of natural science that must include 1 unit of physics and 1 unit of chemistry (chemistry requirement waived for students in construction management).

4. 2 units of a single foreign language.

5. 3 units of social studies.

6. Students having a composite ACT score of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) will be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack any one of the following: trigonometry, chemistry, or physics.

7. Students having an ACT score of 19 or less in English (or equivalent SAT score) must take ENGL 150 or ENGL 151.

A total of 16 units is required for admission.

Students must have an ACT (enhanced) score of 24 or greater (or equivalent SAT). Students who lack entrance requirements may be admitted based on ACT scores, high school rank and credits, or may be admitted to pre-engineering status in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center. Pre-engineering students are advised within the College of Engineering.

Students for whom English is not their language of nurture must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University.

Students who lack entrance units may complete precollege training by Independent Study through the UNL Office of On-line and Distance Education, in summer courses, or as a part of their first or second semester course loads while in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center or other Colleges at UNL.

Students should consult their advisor, their department chair, or the Office of the Dean if they have questions on current policies.

Other Admission Requirements

Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from other accredited colleges or universities and wish to be admitted to the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE freshman entrance requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for Nebraska residents or 3.0 for non-residents. Students not meeting either of these requirements must enroll in the Explore Center or another UNL college until they meet COE admission requirements.

The COE accepts courses for transfer for which a C or better grade was received. Although UNL accepts D grades from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Omaha, not all majors in the COE accept such low grades. Students must conform to the requirements of their intended major and, in any case, are strongly encouraged to repeat courses with a grade of C- or less.

All transfer students must adopt the curricular requirements of the undergraduate bulletin current at the time of transfer to the COE—not that in use when they entered UNL. Upon admission to UNL, students wishing to pursue degree programs in the COE will be classified and subject to the policies defined in the subsequent section.

College Degree Requirements

Grade Rules

Grade Appeals

In the event of a dispute involving any college policies or grades, the student should appeal to his/her instructor, and appropriate department chair or school director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved, the student may appeal his/her case through the College Academic Appeals Committee on his/her campus.

Bulletin Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the bulletin for the academic year in which they are first admitted at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent bulletin for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Engineering. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single bulletin year. The bulletin which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.