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Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering & Computer Science

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering & Computer Science


This combined major serves students who are interested in both computer hardware and software, combining an accredited Bachelor of Science degree in engineering with the added benefits of depth in software principles found in a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science.  This program provides a well-rounded computing education that includes engineering design principles, computational thinking, proper program design and a solid background in mathematics and science. The degree is fully accredited as a BS in Computer Engineering and adds the Computer Science depth.

Innovative Curriculum

Because of the large body of shared knowledge between computer engineering and computer science, an integrated combined major between these two disciplines is a logical course of study and can be accomplished within a student’s usual five-year program (including three co-op placements) without requiring course overloading in any semester. A student graduating from this program will have a solid foundation in both computer hardware and software principles, and should be prepared for a wide range career paths in the computing field or any related field that relies on the application of engineering or computing principles.

Students interested in this program should contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering or the Khoury College of Computer Sciences as early as possible, preferably prior to registering for freshman courses.

Students have the option of selecting from several minors to complement their degree and personalize their path. Students can select from minors in the department, in other engineering departments, or from across the university.

The Accelerated Master’s Degree PlusOne program allows current undergraduate students to accelerate the attainment of the master’s degree by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Current students apply to enroll in the PlusOne program. Students attain their bachelor’s degree followed by a PlusOne year to complete the master’s degree.

Students currently earning a BS in Computer Engineering & Computer Science can select from the PlusOne pathways available for BS in Computer Engineering students.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the heart of a Northeastern education, combining rigorous coursework with hands-on experience in the classroom, in the lab, and in the field—locally and abroad. With our signature cooperative education (co-op) program, students typically gain six months of work experience integrated as part of the educational program. Both five-year, three-co-op and four-year, two-co-op program options are available.

Noah Lichtenstein, BS, Computer Engineering and Computer Science, says the integrated way of learning and experience with co-op will allow him to jump in to a job when he graduates. So far he’s had a co-op at Starry, an internet startup, and Amazon Robotics as a firmware engineer, and feels this experience will give him a decent leg up.

Academic Advising

For support with academic questions, contact the academic advisor assigned to this program.

Admissions & Aid

Ready to take the next step? Review Degree Requirements to see courses needed to complete this degree. Then, explore ways to pay for your education. Finally, review Admissions Information to see our deadlines and gather the materials you need to Apply.