Undergraduate Bulletin

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

Requirements for the Major in Computer Engineering (ECE)

Acceptance into the Computer Engineering Major

Qualified freshman and transfer students who have indicated their interest in the major on their applications may be admitted directly as a degree major or as a pre-major. Pre-majors are placed into the Area of Interest (AOI) program and to be eligible for the degree, they must be admitted to and declare the major. The requirements and application process for matriculation are detailed below. Students admitted to other programs within the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) follow the same admissions process as students in the AOI program. Students in programs outside of CEAS (non-CEAS students) and double major applicants may apply for admission to the degree program following a separate process, outlined below.

Area of Interest and Other CEAS Students (excluding double major applicants)
Applications for major admission from AOI and other CEAS students are reviewed twice per year and must be received by January 5 for Spring admission and June 5 for Fall admission. Students who submit their application on time will be admitted if they meet the following requirements:

    • Completion of at least 11 credits of mathematics, physics, electrical and computer engineering, or computer science courses           required for major (excluding ESE300 and ESE301),
    • Earned a G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher in all mathematics, physics, and engineering courses (excluding ESE300 and ESE301)                   applicable to major requirements with no more than one grade less than B-,
    • No courses required for the major have been repeated, and
    • Completion of course evaluations for all transferred courses that are to be used to meet requirements of the major.

Students must complete these requirements no later than one year after they enroll in the first course that applies towards major entry. Students must apply for admission by the application deadline immediately following completion of the above requirements, but no later than the one year limit. Admission of AOI students and other CEAS students who apply late will follow the process of Non-CEAS Students and Double Major Applicants below.

Non-CEAS Students and Double Major Applicants
Applications for major admission from non-CEAS students and double major applicants are reviewed twice per year and must be received by January 5 for Spring admission and June 5 for Fall admission. Students who do not meet the requirements for AOI admission above will not be considered. Fulfilling the requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Admission is competitive and contingent upon program capacity.

Requirements for the Major in Computer Engineering (ECE)

Completion of the major requires approximately 110 credits.

1. Mathematics

Note: The following alternate calculus course sequences may be substituted for AMS 151, AMS 161 in major requirements or prerequisites: (MAT 131 and MAT 132) or (MAT 131 and MAT 171) or (MAT 125, MAT 126 and MAT 127) or (MAT 141 and MAT 142), or (MAT 141 and MAT 171).

2. Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Note: The physics course sequence PHY 125, PHY 126, PHY 127, PHY 133, PHY 134 or PHY 141, PHY 142, PHY 133, PHY 134 is accepted in lieu of PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134 (Students are advised to take PHY 127 before PHY 126).

3. Freshman Introduction to Computer Engineering

  • ESE 123 Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ESE 124 Computer Techniques for Electronic Design I

4. Engineering Topics

Engineering topics include engineering science and engineering design. Content of the former category is determined by the creative application of basic science skills, while the content of the latter category focuses on the procedure of devising systems, components, or processes.

a. Engineering Sciences

b. Engineering Design

  • ESE 380 Embedded Microprocessor Systems Design I
  • ESE 382 Digital Design Using VHDL and PLDs
  • ESE 440 Engineering Design I
  • ESE 441 Engineering Design II

Note:  ESE 440 and ESE 441 are engineering design projects that must be carried out at Stony Brook under the supervision of an Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty member.

5. Discrete Mathematics and Probability and Statistics

  • ESE 122 Discrete Mathematics for Engineers
  • ESE 306 Random Signals and Systems

6. Computer Science

  • CSE 114 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • CSE 214 Data Structures
  • CSE 230 Intermediate Programming in C and C++ or ESE 224 Computer Techniques for Electronic Design II
  • ESE 333 Real-time Operating Systems or CSE 306 Operating Systems

7. Engineering Technical Electives
    Five different courses must be taken from the following: 

8. Engineering Ethics

  • ESE 301 Engineering Ethics and Societal Impact

9. Upper-Division Writing Requirement: ESE 300 Writing in Electrical/Computer Engineering

All degree candidates must demonstrate skill in written English at a level acceptable for computer engineering majors. Students must register for the writing course ESE 300 concurrently with or after completion of ESE 314, ESE 324, ESE 380, or ESE 382. Students whose writing does not meet the re­quired standard are referred for remedial help. Detailed guidelines are provided by the Department.

Grading

All courses taken to satisfy requirements 1 through 9 must be taken for a letter grade. A letter grade of C or higher is required in the following courses:

Honors Program in Computer Engineering

The purpose of the honors program in Computer Engineering is to give high achieving students an opportunity to receive validation for a meaningful research experience and for a distinguished academic career.  A student interested in becoming a candidate for the honors program in Computer Engineering may apply to the program at the end of the sophomore year. To be admitted to the honors program, students need a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and a B or better in all major required courses (including math and physics). Transfer students who enter Stony Brook University in the junior year need a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and a B or better in all required major courses (including math and physics) in their first semester at Stony Brook University.

Graduation with departmental honors in Computer Engineering requires the following:

  1. A cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher and a B or better in all major required courses (including math and physics) upon graduation.
  2. Completion of ESE 494, a 1 credit seminar on research techniques, with a B or better during the junior year.
  3. Completion of ESE 495, a 3-credit honors research project, with a B or better.
  4. Presentation of an honors thesis (written in the format of an engineering technical paper) under the supervision of an ECE faculty member.  The thesis must be presented to and approved by a committee of two faculty members including the student’s advisor.

For students who qualify, this honor is indicated on their diploma and on their permanent academic record.

Requirements for the Accelerated B.E. Computer Engineering/M.S. Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering Degrees

The intent of the accelerated five-year Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program is to prepare high-achieving and highly motivated undergraduate computer engineering students for either doctoral studies or a variety of advanced professional positions. Computer engineering students interested in the accelerated program should apply through the undergraduate office of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The program is highly selective and is offered to the top 10 to 20 percent of the junior undergraduate class. Admission is based on academic performance (a major g.p.a. of at least 3.30) as well as undergraduate research and professional activities. The accelerated program is as rigorous as the current B.E. and M.S. programs taken separately. The requirements for the accelerated program are the same as the requirements for the B.E. and M.S. programs except that two 300-level electives in the B.E. program are substituted by two 500-level graduate courses. Therefore six graduate credits will be counted towards the undergraduate degree. Detailed guidelines and sample course sequences are provided by the Department.