In 1822, Englishman Charles Babbage designed and began developing the Difference Engine, the first automatic computing engine that had the ability to compute several sets of numbers and make a hard copy of the results.  Lack of funding arrested its development back then, but built to his exact specifications 153 year later, Babbage’s Difference Engine weighed five tons and was 11 feet long.  Now look at your smart phone.  What an incredible journey computer engineering has made.  Want to be part of that ongoing journey?  Our program will make you an integral part of the field that has transformed the world.

Get the foundation that leads to successful careers.

Computer engineering involves the design and development of computer hardware and software and an understanding of how the computer and its devices interact — which is why computer engineering is closely allied with electrical engineering and computer science.  A computer engineer’s job also includes integrating software options with the hardware that will drive applications in many different fields such as:

  • Biomedical engineering/food industry
  • Design of digital systems in general
  • Robotics/microcontroller/ microprocessor applications
  • Design and operation of data communications systems

Our program will give you a rock-solid foundation in both hardware design and software engineering.  The emphasis throughout the curriculum is on the design experience, leading to a two-semester project in the senior year.  For the first semester, you’ll select a topic, complete a literature search, and begin the design process.  In the second semester, you’ll complete your design, implement your project, and present the results.

Outstanding computer labs and facilities and a dedicated, accessible, full-time faculty will enhance your learning.  You’ll reap the rewards of the individual attention you get from your instructors throughout your career.

Earn your M.S. in Electrical Engineering in one additional year.

The more you know, the more successful you could be.  Due to the advancements in the engineering profession, employers are now looking for a breadth and depth of knowledge beyond the bachelor’s degree.  In fact, the master’s degree is slowly becoming the entry-level degree into the profession.

In light of this development, we offer you a seamless transition to the master’s in electrical engineering.  You’ll be able to complete both your bachelor’s in computer engineering and your master’s in electrical engineering with a concentration in computer engineering in five years.

What is the upside of a master's degree?  Typical salaries for engineers with a master’s degree are about 25% higher than those with a bachelor’s degree alone.   You’ll also see a wider and more attractive range of career opportunities and quicker promotions.

Intern your way to a permanent job.

According to Career Opportunity News  “…employers rate having had an internship to be more important than grade point average, leadership qualities, or technical skills.”

We have a strong internship program for our engineering students with placements in one of the many engineering firms in the area.  We’re proud to say these firms show a great preference for University of New Haven engineering interns.

Our internship program includes a minimum of 300 hours during which you’ll:

  • Perform engineering or related duties that are relevant to electrical and computer engineering in a related industry
  • Gain priceless professional experience for your resume
  • Develop a professional network that can help you throughout your career
  • Have the chance to explore various opportunities before you make a long-term commitment to a firm

Anywhere from 50-70% of employers hire their interns for permanent positions.  Former interns receive permanent position offers about 10% more of the time than students who have not completed an internship.

Graduates of our program have secured full-time positions at many local and regional companies, including Hewlett Packard, Pitney Bowes, Perkin-Elmer, Electric Boat, Trans Data, IBM, AT&T, United Illuminating, and the Department of Defense.

Prospective Students

The University of New Haven draws students from many backgrounds. As a student, you will be given the opportunity to interact with people from different areas of the United States and the world.

This experience enriches your classroom experience and prepares you to work effectively with people from different cultures in our increasingly boundary-less world.

What is Computer Engineering?

Computer engineering is concerned with the design and implementation of digital systems such as computers, networks, processor embedded control systems, interfaces between computing systems, and interfaces between hardware and software.

Career Opportunities

Computers are used in almost every device or system manufactured today. The modern automobile has nearly 50 small embedded computers in it. The telephone communication system and the Internet are controlled with computer systems. Careers for computer engineers are found in all phases of the production and sales of these devices and systems: design, manufacturing, maintenance , marketing and sales. U. S. Corporations will need more than twice the present number of computer engineers by the year 2006. The demand for Computer Engineering graduates is expected to continue to rise over the next 20 years, outpacing the supply by large margins annually.

For more information on the outlook for CEN majors, visit the Computer Engineering Outlook.


Current starting salaries for BS graduates in Computer Engineering are $50-$55K.

What are the Features of Computer Engineering at University of New Haven?

The University of New Haven offers a four-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.


Design and problem solving are central themes of this program. The first two years concentrate on basic science, mathematics, computer science and engineering. The last two years comprise courses in digital, computer and electrical systems; networks and software design. There are four electives in the fourth year that allow a student to explore an area in more depth. The final year provides a senior design course spread over two semesters, where the student designs a device, system or software application. The program also has a general education component in communications, economics and humanities needed to create a well-rounded professional. Total credits - 128 sem. hrs.