College of Engineering and Computing

Advising Office
106 Benton Hall
Phone: 513-529-0700

General Information

The College of Engineering and Computing's mission is to serve society by providing high quality undergraduate and graduate education in the fields of computing and engineering. We are committed to creating an environment for teaching, learning, and scholarship that is intellectually stimulating, interactive, and innovative; in which our faculty, staff, and students reach their full potential. Our guiding principle is to provide professional education integrated with Miami University's traditional strength in liberal education.

Everyone in the College of Engineering and Computing values:

  • Effective student learning and student success
  • An intellectually stimulating and challenging environment
  • Faculty growth and learning as teachers and scholars
  • Diversity of staff, faculty, and student body
  • Respect for the environment

We are committed to an environment that fosters:

  • Innovation and creativity
  • Ethical behavior
  • Respect for others and teamwork
  • International and global opportunities and perspectives
  • Fact-based, collegial decision-making
  • Safety in all our professional endeavors

First-Year Course Selection for Undeclared Students

The College of Engineering and Computing has developed the following first-year course pattern for students who have not declared a major and who want to progress satisfactorily in engineering and computing majors while maintaining maximum flexibility in considering other science/math-based programs. Faculty advisors are available at summer orientation to help you select courses within this pattern. You will be assigned a faculty advisor to help you with course and career selection while you remain an undeclared major. Once you have selected a major, a faculty advisor in that area will be assigned to you.

If you have already chosen a major in engineering or computing, please refer to the program description for your chosen major later in this section for recommended first-year course selections.

If you are undecided about your major, but considering a major in the College of Engineering and Computing, select courses within the following pattern with the advice of a faculty advisor:

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
CEC 101 Computing, Engineering & Society 1
ENG 111 Composition and Rhetoric (or equivalent) 3
MTH 151
Calculus I 1
or Calculus II
Select one of the following: 3-5
General Physics with Laboratory I  
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
Biological Science course
Select one of the following: 3
Global Miami Plan elective (IIA, IIB, or III)
Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving  
 Credit Hours15-17
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Chemical and Bioengineering  
Introduction to Computer Science and Software Engineering  
Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering  
Introduction to Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering  
Global Miami Plan elective 3
MTH 251
Calculus II
or Calculus III
Select one of the following: 5-6
General Physics with Laboratory II  
College Chemistry  
Global Miami Plan electives (IIA, IIB, or III not taken above)
 Credit Hours15-16
 Total Credit Hours30-33

Choosing Liberal Education Electives

All programs in the College have liberal education elective courses and Thematic Sequence components of the Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education. You are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty advisor in choosing electives that are consistent with your interests and educational goals.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to consider spending a summer term, winter term, semester, or year studying abroad. This experience offers a valuable opportunity to enrich students’ cultural perspectives and understanding and to help understand the needs of clients in computing and engineering in our increasingly global society. Students considering study abroad need to meet with their advisor and plan their curriculum as early as possible.

Honorary and Professional Organizations

Through honorary and professional organizations, you can further develop leadership skills, interact with professionals in your field, and engage in educational activities which have significance beyond the campus.

A partial list of organizations connected with the College of Engineering and Computing include: American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Society for Mechanical Engineers, Association for Computing Machinery, Association for Women in Computing, Engineers Without Borders, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Student Energy Initiative, Tau Beta Pi, and the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry.

Advisory Councils

The Engineering and Computing External Advisory Council is composed of outstanding leaders in business, industry, and the professions. This council meets on campus at least once a year with faculty, staff, and students, helping to ensure that the College's programs continually improve and meet society’s changing needs.

The College and our departments are also advised by student advisory councils to continually improve our programs.

Intern and Co-op Opportunities

Internships and co-ops provide an opportunity for students in engineering and computing to gain work experience in an area related to their majors.

Both programs offer employers an opportunity to preview prospective employees and for students to preview prospective employers. Most companies pay their intern and co-op students. Contact the Center for Career Exploration and Success for more information.

Placement and Graduate Studies

Most graduates enter professions directly upon graduation. Each year many employers visit campus specifically to recruit engineering and computing seniors. Placement rates for graduates of the College have consistently remained high. Placement services are available to all Miami students through the Center for Career Exploration and Success .

Our graduates are also well prepared to pursue graduate education, including medical and law school. Assistantships are frequently available in the graduate programs at other universities in addition to Miami University. Many graduates, who enter their profession directly, pursue graduate degrees on a part-time basis with the financial support of their full-time employer.

Divisional Requirements

DOUBLE MAJORS: Students with two majors in the College of Engineering and Computing must take a minimum of 15 different/additional credit hours in their second major beyond the requirements of their first major.

You must attain a minimum 2.00 GPA for required departmental courses in your major. Specific course requirements for each of the College's majors are listed in this chapter.

If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact your faculty academic advisor.

Basic Requirements: Bachelor of Science Programs

Students derive their strength from a curriculum that is a unique combination of professional education in the major discipline and the Miami Plan for Liberal Education. With the help of the Engineering and Computing Advisory Council representatives from business, industry and other areas, the College has articulated broad outcome characteristics desired of our graduates.

College of Engineering and Computing graduates should be able to:

  • Define and solve problems
  • Make ethical choices and act responsibility
  • Critically evaluate information
  • Work effectively in a team
  • Exercise initiative
  • Function in a leadership role
  • Recognize broad societal contexts and interests
  • Serve clients and society with sensitivity and accountability
  • Interact effectively with diverse cultures
  • Adapt to change
  • Recognize the value of lifelong learning
  • Write effectively
  • Speak and listen effectively
  • Understand and apply mathematics and science
  • Understand and apply the concepts of continuous quality improvement
  • Pursue further formal education

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering


A minor is a specific program to be taken along with a major to complement your skills and to increase your career opportunities. Completing a minor is optional. More information about minors is included in the Other Requirements section. The required semester hours are noted with the requirements for each minor.

Certificate Program