Computer Engineering Major

Computer Engineering Major

Student working on a computer.

Why Computer Engineering?

The computer engineering major focuses on the integration of hardware and software system design, and students will learn to combine computing concepts with technical hardware skills. This major prepares students with the range of expertise required to develop a holistic view of computer-based systems and to make global design decisions.


  • Embedded Systems and Robotics
  • VLSI Design
  • Signal Processing and Communications
  • High-Performance Computing
Students will study topics such as digital logic and technologies, programming, system components and design, application of theory, experimentation, tools and techniques, and maintenance. Students will take many of the same courses as computer science majors, but will take electrical engineering courses instead of other subjects.

What You'll Learn

  • Computer engineering majors study electronics, circuits, and advanced topics such as robotics, embedded and cyber-physical systems, architecture, and high-performance computing. Computer engineering students learn how to combine computing concepts with technical hardware skills and electrical engineering principles to build and operate physical computing systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • 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.
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

Career Connections

  • Connect with industry professionals through frequent career events.
  • Gain insight into the world of practicing professionals for collaborations, mutual support, and representing the profession to government and society.
  • Learn to work with professionals in related fields over the spectrum of system design.

Study and combine computer science with engineering principles


100% placement rate for new graduates seeking work


80% of graduates get first job offers before diplomas

How You’ll Learn

Hands-On Learning Experiences

  • Participate in our annual student-led CornHacks hackathon.
  • Assist distinguished faculty in groundbreaking research.
  • Complete our Senior Design capstone course, in which you’ll spend a full academic year developing a new product with a faculty or industry sponsor.

Transferable Career Skills

  • Implement appropriate technological interventions to help solve problems.
  • Make decisions carefully, using appropriate theoretical frameworks.
  • Simplify complex information and present it to others.

Social Connections

  • Study and socialize with fellow majors in our Student Resource Center community hub.
  • Join computing-focused student organizations to learn new skills and connect with students who share your interests.
  • Live, study, and explore opportunities with other computing students by joining a Learning Community.

Making a Difference

  • Volunteer to mentor younger computing students through robotics clubs, coding camps, or local STEM organizations.
  • Join our student organization Initialize, a club dedicated to giving back to the community through computing.
  • Promote diversity in technology through campus events and local initiatives.

Core Academics

  • Understand computer systems as an integrated continuum of technologies and to engage in integrated system-level design.
  • Learn to work in conformance with societal needs and expectations.
  • Develop the skills to quickly adapt to new work environments, assimilate new information, and solve new problems.

Research and Grad School Prep

  • Become an undergraduate research assistant and conduct research alongside graduate students and faculty through our programs and labs.
  • Connect with course instructors and receive guidance in exploring your research and career options.
  • Attend our annual Grad Info Day event to explore our graduate programs and opportunities.

Program Features

Research and Academic Opportunities

Student Organizations

The School of Computing is home to several highly engaged student organizations. These clubs provide a great opportunity to grow as a leader, gain experience, make meaningful connections, and have fun.

The School of Computing Advisory Board (cSAB)

This group is committed to helping the school improve by making student voices heard by faculty, staff, and leadership. This group organizes regular student events, such as the annual Involvement Fair and Student Advisory Panel, and leads initiatives to enhance student experiences.


Initialize is a group dedicated to using computing skills to give back to the local community. This club’s activities include teaching robotics concepts to Lincoln middle schoolers, mentoring Girl Scouts at coding camps, and building new software for local nonprofits.


The Operating Systems and Open-Source Group (OS2G) is a club for users of Linux and other free and open-source software (FOSS) to meet, socialize, and learn from one another.

Game Development Club

The university's only club focused on learning to develop video games. This group aims to guide students in learning effective professional game development techniques.

See All School of Computing Student Organizations

Recent Student Placements


  • Aviation Software Engineer, Garmin - Olathe, KS
  • Software Engineer Intern, Microsoft - Redmond, WA
  • Simulation Lab Intern, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha, NE
  • Hardware Engineer, Springbok Inc. - Omaha, NE
  • Quality Engineer Intern, Bosch Security Systems - Lincoln, NE


  • Product Manager, Hudl - Lincoln, NE
  • Embedded Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin - Denver, CO
  • Computer Engineer, United States Department of Defense - San Antonio, TX
  • Frontend Engineer, Hayneedle, Inc. - Omaha, NE
  • Software Developer, Epic Systems - Verona, WI

Graduate Schools

  • Electrical Engineering, M.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln - Lincoln, NE
  • Robotics Engineering, Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
  • Visualization, M.S., Texas A&M University - College Station, TX
  • Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Areas, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha, NE
  • Software Engineering, M.Sc., University of Sheffield - Sheffield, Great Britain

4-Year Plan and Notable Courses

Explore major requirements and the courses you'll be taking through the 4-year plan.

4-Year Plan

CSCE 155E: Computer Science I: Systems Engineering Focus

Introduction to problem solving with computers. Topics include problem solving methods, software development principles, computer programming, and computing in society.

CSCE 156: Computer Science II

Data structures, including linked lists, stacks, queues, and trees; algorithms, including searching, sorting, and recursion; programming language topics, including object-oriented programming; pointers, references, and memory management; design and implementation of a multilayer application with SQL database.

CSCE 235: Introduction to Discrete Structures

Survey of elementary discrete mathematics. Elementary graph and tree theories, set theory, relations and functions, propositional and predicate logic, methods of proof, induction, recurrence relations, principles of counting, elementary combinatorics, and asymptotic notations.

CSCE 251: Unix Programming Environment

Introduction to the Unix operating system. Unix file system. Unix tools and utilities. Shell programming.

CSCE 335: Digital Logic Design

Combinational and sequential logic circuits. MSI chips, programmable logic devices (PAL, ROM, PLA) used to design combinational and sequential circuits. Hardware design experience.

CSCE 336: Embedded Systems

Introduction to designing, interfacing, configuring, and programming embedded systems. Configure simple embedded microprocessor systems, control peripherals, write device drivers in a high-level language, set up embedded and real-time operating systems, and develop applications for embedded systems.

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Olivia Ingle

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(402) 472-5027