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Program Overview

The stand-alone Computer Engineering major is being phased out. No new students will be enrolled after the 2016-2017 academic year.

Computer Engineering is now an option within the BS in Electrical Engineering program and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, The program provides experiential learning, theory and design activity to produce high-demand engineers able to do both hardware and software. Students obtain a background in the next generation of computer technologies. They learn computer design, computer science, electrical engineering, signal processing, biomedical engineering, physics, mathematics, and the liberal arts.

Computer engineering students obtain depth in the domains of computer-based systems that impact areas of biomedical engineering, and mathematics. Close interactions with industry results in employment of our graduates in all sectors of industry, government, and academe. They are active in the areas of hardware and software design and information technologies, and take the lead in the research and development of new computer systems and applications. 

Outcomes & Objectives

Program Educational Objectives:

Within a few years of graduation, alumni of the Computer Engineering Program are expected to:

  • PEO - 1: apply their in-depth understanding in areas of computer architectures and systems to solve problems in a modern technological society as productive engineers and/or enter and succeed in a graduate program.
  • PEO - 2: function effectively, both individually and within multi-disciplinary teams.
  • PEO - 3: continue as lifelong learner to develop their engineering design abilities, problem-solving skills, and aptitude for innovation.
  • PEO - 4: practice professional ethics with social responsibility through service in the framework of a global technical community.

Student Outcomes:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Computer Science ABET Track - B.S. Track Enrollment
Enrollment Year First-Year Sophomore Junior Senior Degrees Awarded in May
2019–20 27 16 23 4 0
2018–19 0 10 2 0 0
2017–18 3 0 0 0 0
Computer Engineering Enrollment
Enrollment Year First-Year Sophomore Junior Senior Degrees Awarded in May
2019–20 0 0 0 6 0
2018–19 0 0 5 3 2
2017–18 0 8 4 6 6
2016–17 11 3 4 5 2


For the Computer Engineering program's course descriptions, see the Undergraduate Catalog.

Five-Year CE BS/ ECE MS Program

Fairfield University offers a five-year program leading to an Electrical and Computer Engineering Five-Year Dual Degree Bachelor and Master of Science Program.

Dual-degree programs reduce the time to a master's degree by at least one year and provide credentials that will serve the student throughout his/her adult professional career. Graduates of the dual-degree program are awarded an Electrical and Computer Engineering MS degree in addition to their Electrical Engineering BS degree. The dual-degree program encourages students to pursue a graduate degree in order to broaden their educational background and their career opportunities. A graduate engineering education is key to innovation and central to economic health. A graduate degree has become far more common in the work place and a master's level engineering education gives a great return on your investment. Students who complete all their requirements may receive their BS degree prior to completing their MS degree

For the Dual Degree program's requirements, see the Undergraduate Catalog.


The School of Engineering faculty are a community of leading-edge scholars who are dedicated to their students, research, and teach with passion. If you have an interest in engineering — no matter the focus — our exceptional faculty will get you on the path to success.


There are two types of internships students can attain: internships for academic credit and non-credit internships. Internships for academic credit must be approved by faculty and are connected to an academic course. Some departments have lists of available for-credit internships and some may approve internships that you find on your own as well.

Life After Fairfield

The School of Engineering aims to graduate students with leading-edge engineering skills and additional competencies in oral and written communications and critical thinking who possess:

  • A well-developed cultural orientation
  • An understanding of economic values
  • A sense of ethical and social responsibility

Fairfield's engineering programs graduate liberally educated engineers equipped with knowledge and experiential skills so they may successfully enter the mainstream of industrial/manufacturing activity, education, or government service, or to continue with postgraduate studies. Our close interactions with industry enable employment of our graduates in all sectors of industry, government, and academe.

Learn more about how Fairfield's Office of Career Planning can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

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