ECE Focus Area: Computer Hardware (CSE)


Computer hardware engineers develop and design new processor chips that power computers, tablets, smart-phones and play a central role in countless other modern electronic devices, appliances, and vehicles.

This EFA focuses on the design of modern high-performance computers and microcontrollers, including digital electronics, computer and processor architecture, and the design and testing of integrated circuit chips.

Students pursuing this EFA may find employment with large computer chip manufacturers such as Intel and AMD, or any of thousands of smaller companies that design customized digital hardware for use in their products and applications.

Students interested in this EFA are encouraged to consider the course suggestions listed below when completing their Plan of Study Form.

Computer Science and Engineering Requirements Suggested Options
5000-Level ECE Elective
(Select one)
ECE:5300 Switching Theory
ECE:5320 High Performance Computer Architecture (Same as: CS:5610)
ECE:5380 Testing of Digital Logic Circuits
ECE:5310 VLSI Design (Prerequisites: ECE:3320 and ECE:3410 )
ECE:5410 Advanced Circuit Techniques (Prerequisites: ECE:3410)
ECE Elective
(Select one)
All 5000-level ECE electives listed above, and


ECE:3410 Electronic Circuits
ECE:3720 EE Materials and Devices
4000-level or above CS Elective
(Select one)
CS:4700 High Performance and Parallel Computing (Same as: MATH:4860)
CS:5610 High Performance Computer Architecture (Same as: ECE:5320)
CS:4980 Topics in Computer Science II (VARIES BY SEMESTER - Not all sections may be acceptable)
CS Elective
(Select one)
All 4000-level and above CS electives listed above, and


CS:2520 Human Computer Interaction
CS:3980 Topics in Computer Science I (VARIES BY SEMESTER - Not all sections may be acceptable)
Additional Elective
(Select one*)
Any of the above OR courses selected in consultation with advisor.


* Students graduating before Fall 2017 are required to select two additional electives.

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