Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Computer engineering is defined as the discipline that embodies the science and technology of design, construction, implementation, and maintenance of software and hardware components of modern computing systems and computer-controlled equipment. It is solidly grounded in the theories and principles of computing, mathematics, science, and engineering and it applies these theories and principles to solve technical problems through the design of computing hardware, software, networks, and processes. Computer engineers are involved in the design of computer-based systems which includes (in addition to systems for portable, desktop and client/server environments and communications devices) distributed computing environments and embedded systems just to name a few. The convergence of several established technologies (such as television, telecommunications and networking infrastructures) resulted in the creation of massive challenges and opportunities for computer engineers.
The undergraduate program in computer engineering is to produce graduates with a broad perspective in both software and hardware topics relevant to computer systems engineering. It provides the foundation and areas of specialization necessary to analyze, design and evaluate systems software, middleware and software/hardware architectures and interfaces. The specific objectives of the program are to: educate students with breadth of knowledge in computer engineering that would allow them to contribute to computing projects individually or as members of multidisciplinary teams with emphasis on the creative applications of scientific knowledge in the analysis, design, and implementation of economical computer software and hardware systems; introduce students to a broad spectrum of computer engineering topics, with concentration in one or more computing areas of their choice; prepare students to cope with, and improve on, the ever-evolving discipline of computer engineering and state-of-the-art technologies in the industry of software and hardware systems. This is achieved through enabling students to integrate various analysis and design methodologies, models, techniques, and tools to develop software/hardware systems and their interfaces at the edge of technology; train students to communicate effectively, think critically, and recognize and consider the impact of computing solutions in a global and societal context with ability to understand and be sensitive to other cultures; motivate students to engage in life-long learning, develop their ability to pursue graduate studies in computer science, computer engineering, or other related areas, and develop students who are creative, possess qualities of leadership, and committed to professional and ethical conduct.
The expected accomplishments of graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering program at the American University in Cairo are as follows.
- Establish a career path in Industry or government to become productive and valued engineers within their institutions.
- Obtain an advanced degree in engineering through successful admission to a reputable graduate program leading to one or more degrees.
- Contribute ethically and professionally to humanity by becoming innovators, leaders, and lifelong learners in and through successful careers.
Program Learning Outcomes
The program enables students to achieve the following outcomes, by the time of graduation:
(a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
(c) An ability to 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
(d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) An ability to communicate effectively
(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
A total of 162 credits is required for the bachelor of science degree in computer engineering: