Requirements for the Major in Computer Engineering (ECE)

Acceptance into the Computer Engineering Major

Freshman and transfer applicants who have specified their interest in the major in Computer Engineering may be accep­ted into the major upon admission to the University. Applicants admitted to the University but not immediately accepted into the Computer Engineering major may apply for acceptance at any time during the academic year. The Depart­ment's undergraduate committee will consider an application only if the following conditions have been met:

1. the student has completed at least 11 credits of mathematics, physics, electrical and computer engineering, or computer science courses required for the major;
2. the student has earned a grade point average of 3.00 or higher in these courses with no grade in any of them lower than C;
3. no courses required for the major have been repeated;
4. all transfer courses have been evaluated.

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).
-One 4-credit course or two 3-credit courses from CHE 131, ESG 198, BIO 202 & BIO 204, BIO 203 & BIO 205, PHY 251 & PHY 252, AMS 261

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. Probability and Statistics

  • ESE 306 Random Signals and Systems

6. Computer Science

  • CSE 114 Computer Science I
  • CSE 214 Computer Science II
  • 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

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.


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:

AMS 151 and AMS 161 (or MAT 125, MAT 126, and MAT 127 or MAT 131 and MAT 132)
PHY 131/PHY 133 and PHY 132/PHY 134 (or PHY 125, PHY 126, and PHY 127)
ESE 211, ESE 218, ESE 271, ESE 300, ESE 345, ESE 372, ESE 380,and ESE 382
CSE 114, CSE 214, and CSE 230
Six ESE technical electives

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.