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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Computer Engineering

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Engineering (John Tyler Community College)
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Program description

Computer engineers are responsible for developing the powerful computer systems that have become a part of our everyday life. Applications for computer engineering span the spectrum from high-performance, general-purpose computing systems such as desktop workstations used in all facets of business, to small microprocessors embedded in larger systems and functioning as controllers. These latter applications, known as embedded systems, can be found in control systems for trains, aircraft and automobiles; medical equipment; telecommunications systems; and consumer electronics and appliances. This explosive growth of computer systems in use in almost every new appliance or vehicle has resulted in a strong demand for engineers trained in the development of these systems, and all indications are that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future.

Career opportunities

Computer engineers (or computer hardware engineers) research, design, develop, test, and oversee the manufacture and installation of computer hardware, including computer chips, circuit boards, computer systems, and related equipment such as keyboards, routers, and printers. This field should not be confused with computer software engineers, who design and develop the software systems that control computers.

The work of computer hardware engineers is similar to that of electrical engineers in that they may design and test circuits and other electronic components; however, computer hardware engineers do that work only as it relates to computers and computer-related equipment. They work on the design, planning, development, testing, and even the supervision of manufacturing of computer hardware -- including everything from chips to device controllers.  They also focus on computer networks for the transmission of data and multimedia.

The work of a computer engineer is grounded in the hardware -- from circuits to architecture -- but also focuses on operating systems and software. Computer engineers must understand logic design, microprocessor system design, computer architecture, computer interfacing, and continually focus on system requirements and design.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Computer engineer
  • Computer network architects
  • Computer systems engineer
  • Controls engineer
  • Hardware design engineer
  • Mechatronics engineer
  • Microsystems engineer
  • Network engineer
  • Product engineer
  • Test engineer
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • College Professor
  • Lead Research Scientist
  • Research & Development Engineer
  • Senior Embedded Software Engineer
  • System Architect
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Review requirements of EngineeringAdmission Agreement
Completion of associate degree (A.S. in Engineering or A.S. in Science) 
Minimum GPA of 3.0 
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better
Earn a minimum grade of "B" in all your math, science and engineering classes

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 201 or higher
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
Additional tuition/fees
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Computer Engineering

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG and MTH classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to Computer Engineering through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Use the career coach to take a career assessment.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG and MTH classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Computer Engineering through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Use the career coach to take a career assessment.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Computer Engineering

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering)

John Tyler Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100College Success SkillsUNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
MTH 263Calculus I (earn minimum grade of "B")MATH 2004Major
EGR 121Foundations of Engineering (earn minimum grade of "B") Note: students must complete both EGR 121 and EGR 122 to receive credit for EGRE 101.EGRE 1XX2Elective
CHM 111General Chemistry I (earn minimum grade of "B")CHEM/Z 1014Major
CST 100Principles of Public Speaking SPCH 1213Major ((Sub. for SPCH 321))
MTH 264Calculus II (earn minimum grade of “B”)MATH 2014Major
EGR 122Engineering Design (earn minimum grade of "B")EGRE 1013Major
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education
ECO 201Principles of Macroeconomics (students who complete both ECO 201-202 will fulfill the ECON 205 requirement)ECON 2113General education
EGR 126Computer Programming for Engineers (earn minimum grade of "B")EGRE 2453Major
MTH 267Differential Equations (earn minimum grade of “B”)MATH 3013Major
EFR 251 + EGR 255Basic Electric Circuits I + Electric Circuits Laboratory (earn minimum grade of “B”)EGRE 2064Major
PHYS 241University Physics I (earn minimum grade of “B”)PHYS 2074Major
ECO 202Principles of Microeconomics (students who complete both ECO 201-202 will fulfill the ECON 205 requirement)ECON 2103General education
MTH 265Calculus III (earn minimum grade of “B”)- counts as technical elective credit for the major4Major
EGR 261 + EGR 263Signals and Systems + Signals and Systems Laboratory (earn minimum grade of “B”)EGRE 3354Major
PHY 242University Physics II (earn minimum grade of “B”)PHYS 2084Major
HumanitiesPHI 220 EthicsPHIL 2013Major
EGR 270Fundamentals of Computer EngineeringEGRE 2544Major
John Tyler credits transferred to VCU66
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
MATH 211Mathematical Structures3Major
CMSC 312Introduction to Operating Systems4Major
EGRE 207Electric Circuits II4Major
EGRE 246Advanced Engineering Programming3Major
EGRE 306Introduction to Microelectronics4Major
EGRE 337Statistical Information Processing3Major
EGRE 347Applied Object-oriented Programming3Major
EGRE 364Microcomputer Systems4Major
EGRE 365Digital Systems4Major
EGRE 426Computer Organization and Design3Major
EGRE 428Introduction to Integrated Systems Design2Major
EGRE 429Advanced Digital Systems Design2Major
ENGR 402 + ENGR 403Senior Design Studio (Seminar) and Senior Design Studio (Seminar)2Major
Select one of the following sequences: EGRE 404 + EGRE 405 OR EGRE 406 + EGRE 4074Major
Technical electives (see VCU advisor for course options)13Major
Open electives6Elective
Credits completed at VCU64
Bachelor's degree total130
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