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From cell phones to robotics and beyond, computer engineers are at the cutting edge of modern technology. Join UWF's computer engineering program, and change the world.

Why Study Computer Engineering at UWF?

Our program prepares you to develop computer hardware and software solutions for today's technologies. We will provide you with a strong background in engineering analysis and design and give you the implementation skills you need to succeed.

Our graduates pass Professional Engineer tests at rates higher than the national average. Alumni attend top graduate schools, including Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon and Georgia Tech.

The computer engineering program at UWF is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. ABET accreditation is assurance that a program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students.

We offer numerous scholarships, a range of internship and co-op experiences with local companies and plenty of undergraduate research opportunities.

Our student teams compete in regional and national student robotics competitions and regularly beat teams from much larger and better known engineering programs.

Our program is offered at both the Pensacola campus and UWF Emerald Coast in Fort Walton Beach.

What You Will Learn

The computer engineering curriculum provides a balance of hardware, software and computer theory and applications with a basic background in electrical engineering. Nine credits of electives allow you to delve deeply into selected subject matter.

In the last two semesters, students will work on a senior design project (capstone) as the culmination of their engineering education. After developing objectives and analysis, students create design concepts, researching implementation methods and performing a feasibility study. At the end of the final semester, students present their projects.

A minor in computer engineering allows you to explore computer hardware and applications without the heavy math and science prerequisites of other STEM fields. You will study basic digital design concepts, microprocessor applications and VHDL design.

Careers & Employers

Computer engineers find career opportunities in a wide variety of companies or organizations involving the design, development, building, testing and operation of computer systems. Below are common job titles for computer engineering graduates, as well as examples of where our alumni work.

Job Titles


  • Computer Hardware Engineer

Employers


  • Gulf Power
  • GE
  • Avalex
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Ascend
  • Eglin Air Force Base

ABET Accreditation

The Computer Engineering program at UWF is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, https://www.abet.org. ABET is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology and is among the most respected accreditation organizations in the United States.

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

The objectives of the Computer Engineering program at the University of West Florida is to ensure that:

  • Graduates of the program will be successful in the professional practice of engineering or related fields and will advance in their chosen careers.
  • Graduates of the program will be successful in pursuing advanced degrees in engineering or related fields. 

Revised and Approved in Fall 2018

The faculty have adopted the engineering criteria student outcomes, namely:

  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 Engineering Enrollment and Degree Awarded Data
Academic YearEnrollment (Fall Semester)Degrees Awarded
2019-2020 94 8
2018-2019 80 18
2017-2018 88 14
2016-2017 101 19
2015-2016 109 16
2014-2015 124 12

While I was still at UWF, the digital classes—especially the labs and the challenging class projects—helped define and spark an interest in me. Those courses and the microprocessor course are what made me want to find work being the bridge between hardware and software. I found dealing with things at such a low level always so interesting. Thanks to those courses, I was introduced to the FPGA world, which in turn helped me to decide on a career that I truly enjoy.

Dustin Hull '16

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Computer Engineering program.

Additional Information

Dual Degree

You will have the opportunity to receive a dual degree with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. In order to receive both degrees, all requirements for each degree must be met. If taken at the same time, elective courses may be carefully selected to maximize the overlap between the two programs, resulting in as few as an additional 13 credits required above one degree in order to complete the requirements for both. Your advisor can discuss whether this is the right plan for you.

Competition Teams

Students work in teams to design and build robots or vehicles that are capable of handling specific tasks such as autonomous navigation through certain terrain, advanced interaction with everyday objects, sensing and monitoring of emergency situations, and more.

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