Computer Engineering can be broken down into two types. Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, test, and oversee the manufacture and installation of computer hardware. Hardware includes computer chips, circuit boards, computer systems, and related equipment such as keyboards, modems, and printers. Computer software engineers apply the principles of computer science and mathematical analysis to the design, development, testing, and evaluation of the software and systems that make computers work. The work of computer hardware engineers is very similar to that of electronics engineers in that they may design and test circuits and other electronic components, but computer hardware engineers do that work only as it relates to computers and computer-related equipment. The rapid advances in computer technology are largely a result of the research, development, and design efforts of these engineers.
First, freshman applicants are required to meet general university freshman admission requirements . In addition, you should also complete the following core courses.
|Required High School Courses||Unit/Credits|
Mathematics (including 2 units/credits in algebra, 1 in geometry, and 1/2 in either elementary analysis or analytical geometry)
And obtain the following standardized test scores.
|Rank in Class||Minimum Test Scores|
|SAT I Total and SAT Critical Reading
|OR||ACT Composite and ACT English|
|Top 10 %||970 and 480||22 and 19|
|I Quarter||970 and 480||22 and 19|
|II Quarter||1050 and 480||24 and 19|
|III Quarter||1180 and 480||26 and 19|
|IV Quarter||Not Admissible|
First, applicants are required to meet general university transfer admissions requirements . In addition, applicants who have finished 15 semester hours or more need a 2.50 GPA for all college courses attempted as well as a 2.50 or higher computed separately in each of the following categories:
- all college level math courses-must include at least calculus 1
- all science/engineering major chemistry and calculus-based physics-must have attempted either at least one science/engineering major chemistry or at least one calculus-based physics.
- all college level English courses attempted; international students must have a TOEFL score of 550 on the written examination, 213 on the computerized test, or 79-80 on the internet based test
- all college level engineering courses, if any
UH Computer Engineering Alumni have received offers as Technical Consultants, Support Engineers, Project Engineers, etc. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers . For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services .
Contact InformationDepartment of Electrical & Computer Engineering N308 Engineering Building 1
Houston, TX 77204-4004