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Fowler School of Engineering

» Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Launching Fall of 2020

Design and fabricate the hardware components that allow computing to be integrated into any application imaginable, big or small.


Our Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering allows you to gain in-depth insight into the process of designing, fabricating and programming a diverse array of computer hardware. With the popularization of embedded technology in devices and objects, the possibilities are endless for computer engineers.

The lines between hardware and software are blurred. Interfaces with technology now look profoundly different from traditional desktop computing. This program positions you to become an innovator in a world where system requirements are quickly becoming time and safety critical.


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Grand Challenges Initiative

Students pursuing any B.S. degree in the college must 1) satisfy their First-Year Foundations Course (FFC) requirement by enrolling in a Grand Challenges Initiative FFC section; and 2) enroll in and pass 3 (ideally consecutive) 1-credit Grand Challenges Initiative seminars. Students who enter the Fowler School of Engineering after their first year either by transfer or change of major must seek advising from the Grand Challenges Initiative Program Director to design an individual plan for program participation.

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GPA and Grade Option Requirements

Students pursuing any degree in the college must maintain a 2.000 grade point average in the major and a 2.500 grade point average for all lower-division courses in the major. All courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade except for those that may only be taken or that have a default grading option of P/NP.

Degree Program Honors

Students must have a major GPA of 3.500 or higher by the conclusion of the term prior to graduation and must have completed a minimum of 120 hours of independent research. Completion of independent research includes the completion of a scientific paper in the relevant scientific field, or an oral presentation to the faculty, or a poster presentation at the Chapman University Student Research Day. Additionally, a vote by the appropriate faculty group that the research and corresponding artifacts were of sufficient quality to merit honors is required. Additional degree program honor requirements, if they exist, are listed under the degree program description.

Transfer Prerequisites

Several majors at Chapman University require and recommend foundation and/or prerequisite courses. To find how your transferable courses at your college match Chapman’s prerequisites, you can use Transferology.

View the required and recommended prerequisites on the Admission Website »


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Accelerated Undergraduate/Master of Science in Computational and Data Sciences

Students completing undergraduate engineering degrees are eligible to complete an additional year of study to obtain a M.S. in Computational and Data Sciences degree in the Schmid College of Science and Technology. Computational science is an interdisciplinary field in which computers and mathematics are used to model and simulate biological and physical processes found in the natural world. This graduate degree consists of four areas of study: bioinformatics and computational biology, analytics and applied mathematics, computational economics and earth system science. Graduate courses used to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements, may also satisfy up to 12 credits of graduate coursework and may be double-counted towards both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. For specific criteria, refer to the Schmid College of Science and Technology’s section of the graduate catalog.

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Fowler School of Engineering applicants are eligible for scholarships that will augment or, in some cases, fully replace the standard financial aid package provided by Chapman University. Scholarships range from an annual $2,000 to 100% of tuition, room and board.

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Possible Careers

Graduates with degrees in computer engineering can go on to develop guidance and navigation systems for satellites, smart cars capable of driving themselves, medical devices that interact seamlessly with internal organs and the next generation of high-performance computers.

Computer Hardware Engineer
Designs and builds computers by combining expertise in technology, electronics and engineering.

Software Applications Engineer
Develop applications that allow people to complete tasks on a computer—and the underlying systems that run devices or control networks. 

Embedded Systems Engineer
Use knowledge of engineering principles and programming languages to build software products, develop computer games and run network control systems.

Student Outcomes

A Bright Future

“What Chapman wants to do is train engineers in the new way, and to take on the new grand challenges. That’s really what engineers can be at the center of: making a difference."
—Thomas Piechota, Ph.D., PE

Read about the goals for the future of engineering at Chapman »

Student and Alumni Achievement »

Next Steps

Start your journey toward engineering the impossible today.