Get hands-on, innovative training with a focus on design and analysis of computing systems, mixing computer science and electrical engineering topics.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Engineering (Computer)


Undergraduate Admissions

(630) 637-5800

Why pursue a computer engineering degree at North Central College?

The focus for our engineering programs is on automation and robotics. Our themes are sustainability, access and enhancing the quality of life for all. Technology has the potential to address many societal issues. Engineers influence how new technology is created and applied. Computer engineering students get hands-on learning with a focus on design and analysis of computing systems. Computer engineering coursework consists of a mix of computer science and electrical engineering topics, where you’ll learn about both the software and hardware that drive modern systems. You’ll also be practicing the same skills that you’ll use in your career: solving problems, working in teams, writing reports and making presentations. Activities include intercollegiate competitions, undergraduate research projects, community engagement or independent studies.

You can also:

  • Complete internships at nearby research labs such as Argonne National Laboratory or Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
  • Study in the Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center, a state-of-the-art facility equipped to accommodate the most sophisticated hardware, software and other sustainable technology.
  • Pursue your research interests anywhere in the world by applying for a Richter Grant.
  • Travel, study and work internationally through our study abroad program.
  • Present your original research findings at local, regional and national conferences, such as the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research or North Central’s own Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.


Coursework in this area includes:

  • Ethics 
  • Technical writing 
  • Calculus 
  • Differential equations & linear algebra 
  • Statistics and probability 
  • Engineering design 
  • Intro to electrical engineering 
  • Microcontrollers 
  • Digital logic 
  • Circuit analysis 
  • FPGA design 
  • Intro to computer science 
  • Discrete structures 
  • Computer organization and systems concepts 
  • Computer architecture 
  • Data structures and algorithms 
  • Object oriented software design 
  • Operating systems 
  • Networking 
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Parallel computing 
  • Human computer interaction 
  • Capstone project 

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