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ECE Launching New Computer Systems Engineering Degree

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is pleased to announce a new bachelor of science degree in Computer Systems Engineering (CSE) for students starting this fall. This new degree creates strategic opportunities for students while serving evolving workforce needs. Employment in the computer systems sector is projected to increase dramatically with robust annual growth for the next few decades.

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The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, has identified computer-related careers among those whose employment growth is expected to exceed that of the labor force as a whole. Among those careers are computer network architects, computer systems analysts, computer systems administrators, and many others. The ECE Department at Boise State is poised to provide students with the skills and education they will need to build a lucrative career in these high-demand fields.

“It is exciting to see the continued growth here in the College of Engineering,” says Dr. JoAnn Lighty, Dean of the College of Engineering. “The new CSE degree represents an opportunity for students to prepare for careers in a rapidly expanding field.  This degree will contribute to building the Idaho workforce in engineering and, specifically computer engineering.”

The Computer Systems Engineering degree will provide students with broad foundational skills in computer systems design in-depth understanding of the security principles necessary to the design of secure computer systems the ability to succeed in a variety of careers paths spanning computer science, computer systems, and electrical engineering comprehensive understanding of cyber-physical systems

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Dr. Sin Ming Loo, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Cyber Operations and Resilience program notes that “this degree has been designed with cybersecurity in mind. In addition to teaching hardware design and software coding skills, students will learn how to design systems according to vigorous cybersecurity principles.”

The quantitative, problem-solving skill set that students will acquire with a computer systems engineering degree will also provide a unique perspective and competitive edge for students seeking advanced degrees or industry certifications within their professional field of interest.

Applications for admission are currently being accepted and registration for fall courses is underway. Interested students seeking to change majors can chat with faculty advisors and get started on CSE coursework this fall. For more information about the degree program, visit the ECE department online at