Computer Engineering

Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

Computer engineers design, develop, test, manufacture, and maintain complex systems including digital communications systems such as cell phone networks, computer networks such as the Internet, and system-level software such as operating systems and applications software. Computer engineers also embed computers in other machines and systems, build networks to transfer data, and develop ways to make computers, faster, smaller, and more capable. Thus, a computer engineer is part electrical engineer and part computer scientist. It is also important the computer engineers understand both the hardware and software of computers.

The associate degree program provides the foundation to complete a bachelor program in computer engineering at West Virginia University. Students planning to enter a bachelor program at another institution should determine the transfer equivalencies for the courses offered at Potomac State College of WVU and the institution they plan to attend following completion of the associate degree program

Career Opportunities

A bachelor's degree in computer engineering provides many various opportunities because computer systems are embedded in a variety of industries including, automotive, communications, radio and television, consumer electronics, aircraft, robotics, and health-care industries.  Computer engineers are also hired by financial services, computer manufacturers, chemical companies, defense contractors, consulting, transportation, manufacturing, and consumer goods.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (5, 6, 7)6
ENGR 199Orientation to Engineering1
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
MATH 155Calculus 1 (GEF 3 - minimum grade of C-)4
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8- minimum grade of C-)4
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus (minimum grade of C-)4
MATH 261Elementary Differential Equations4
PHYS 111General Physics (GEF 8)4
PHYS 112General Physics (GEF 8)4
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (GEF 4)3
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
ENGR 102Engineering Problem-Solving 23
A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in the following courses:
CPE 271Introduction to Digital Logic Design3
EE 221
EE 222
Introduction to Electrical Engineering
and Introduction to Electrical Engineering Laboratory
EE 223
EE 224
Electrical Circuits
and Electrical Circuits Laboratory
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4
ENGR 1012ENGR 1023
ENGR 1991GEF Elective (GEF 5, 6, 7)3
 14 17
Second Year
MATH 2514MATH 2614
PHYS 112 (GEF 8)4ECON 201 (GEF 4)3
CPE 2713EE 223
EE 224
EE 221
EE 222
4GEF Elective (GEF 5, 6, 7)3
 15 14
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

computer engineering

Upon completion of the associate degree in civil engineering, students will be able to

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. Explain the basics concepts of electrical engineering and electrical circuits.
  3. Use mathematical, chemical and physical concepts to solve engineering-related problems.
  4. Transfer into a bachelor degree program in computer engineering.



  • Vicki Huffman - Ph.D. Biomedical Science

Associate professor

  • Deepak Mehra - Ph.D. Civil Engineering


  • Mohammad Saifi - M.S. Electrical Engineering
    M.S. Industrial Engineering