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Computer Engineering Pathway Guide

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Preparation for Transfer as a Computer Engineering Major

The following sequences are suggested courses to take in your semesters prior to transferring to SMU as a computer engineering major. For students attending a Texas public community college or university, Texas Common Course Numbers (TCCNS) are listed.  If you are transferring from a college or university outside of Texas, click on the SMU course for a course description which may be used to select/compare courses at your current institution. Careful review of these equivalencies should facilitate a seamless transfer to the University and minimize the likelihood of lost credits in the process.

CC listings refer to SMU’s Common Curriculum, which all undergraduates are required to complete. Refer to the Common Curriculum Transfer Pathway Guide   for a list of courses satisfying CC components. Interactive equivalency guides organized by transfer institution are available on the Transfer and Transition Services’ website.

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Please note: These plans assume students are ready to take calculus. If you are not “calculus ready,” take math courses to prepare you for calculus so that you advance to calculus as soon as possible. Also, if you are planning a minor, typically only one or two transfer courses will be applied.

Admission to Computer Engineering

To be admitted to advanced standing in computer engineering, students must 1) complete at least 24 credit hours 2) attain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000 and 3) meet the subset requirements for the major. The computer engineering subset includes MATH 1337 MATH 1338 , WRTR 1312 WRTR 1313 , and the following courses:

  • CS 1341 , CS 1342 , and ENGR 1357  (C- or better in these courses)
  • The minimum subset GPA to be considered for a civil engineering major is 2.500. If a course is repeated, all attempts are included in the subset GPA calculation.

Preparing for a Smooth Transition

Transfer students who take time to prepare for their transition to Lyle Engineering are some of the most successful students. Following are a few important points to remember: 

  • The second language requirement of the Common Curriculum  may be satisfied by 1) transferring two terms of college courses in the same world language, 2) placing out of four terms of world language by taking an SMU placement test or through AP or IB credit, or 3) demonstrating proficiency in a native language other than English.
  • SMU accepts AP scores of 4 or 5.
  • Engineering degree programs have few to no free electives, so course selection is critical.
  • Work on the Common Curriculum  prior to transferring is highly encouraged.
  • For additional information on engineering majors, visit the Lyle homepage.
  • For more information about transferring to SMU, click here or call 214-768-3417.

B.S. in Computer Engineering

SCHs =  Semester Credit Hours

First Year

WRTR 10XX - First Year Writing Course I ENGL 1301 3
CHEM 1303 - General Chemistry  / CHEM 1113 - General Chemistry Laboratory   CHEM 1411 4
MATH 1337 - Calculus I    MATH 2413 3
CSE 10U1 COSC 1301 3
World Language*  4
  SCHs 17
Spring TCCN SCHs
WRTR 10YY - First Year Writing Course II    ENGL 1302 3
MATH 1338 - Calculus II   MATH 2414 3
PHYS 1303 - Introductory Mechanics  / PHYS 1105 - Mechanics Laboratory   PHYS 2425 4
CC Breadth - Creativity & Aesthetics Choose One: ARTS 1301, ARTS 1316, ARTS 2316 , ARTS 2326, ARTS 2333, ARTS 2346, ARTS 2356, DRAM 1351, HUMA 1315, MUSI 1306 3
World Language*  4
  SCHs 17

Second Year

MATH 3313 - Ordinary Differential Equations   MATH 2320 3
MATH 3304 - Introduction to Linear Algebra   MATH 2318/2418 3
PHYS 1304 - Introductory Electricity and Magnetism  / PHYS 1106 - Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory   PHYS 2426 4
CC Breadth Course - Historical Contexts Choose One: ARTS 1303, ARTS 1304, HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2321, HIST 2322 3
CS 2341 - Data Structures  if available OR    3
CC Breadth Course - Literary Analysis and Interpretation Choose One: ENGL 2321, ENGL 2322, ENGL 2323, ENGL 2326, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328, ENGL 2331, ENGL 2332, ENGL 2333  
  SCHs 16
Spring TCCN SCHs
CS 2240 - Assembly Language Programming and Machine Organization  if available OR   3
CS 2353 - Discrete Computational Structures  if available OR    
Second major, minor or elective course if none above are available    
SPCH 10XX SPCH 1315  3
CC Breadth Course - Social and Behavioral Sciences Choose One: ANTH 2351, GOVT 2305, GOVT 2371, PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314, PSYC 2319, SOCI 1301 3
CC Breadth Course - Philosophical & Religious & Ethical Inquiry Choose One: PHIL 1301, PHIL 1304, PHIL 2303, PHIL 2306 3
Second major, minor or elective course 3
  SCHs 15


*The second language requirement may be satisfied by (1) transferring two terms of college courses in the same world language, (2) placing out of four terms of a world language by taking an SMU placement test or through AP or IB credit, or (3) being literate in a native language other than English. 

A History of Creating Engineering Leaders

Founded in 1925, Lyle Engineering has a strong tradition of educating students to be tomorrow’s engineering leaders. Degree programs combine training in leadership, communication, teamwork and engineering fundamentals.

Lyle Engineering facilities on campus include the Jerry Junkins Building, J. Lindsay Embrey Building, and Caruth Hall. The Embrey Building and Caruth Hall are constructed to meet Gold LEED standards, making them some of the first LEED certified buildings in north Texas. Faculty conduct cutting edge research in over 30 laboratories housed within the engineering buildings.

Graduates of Lyle Engineering go on to pursue further studies at top engineering graduate programs, professional programs including law and medical schools, and careers at international corporations. Employers include Raytheon, Texas Instruments, Accenture and Bain & Company, to name just a few.

The Lyle Advantage

The Lyle School of Engineering  offers many opportunities for students to enrich their classroom learning.

  • Internships and co-ops enable students to gain valuable paid engineering work experience. Transfer students can complete 3-4 work terms and complete an undergraduate degree at SMU within 4-5 semesters spread over 3 years.
  • SMU Abroad programs provide students with international experiences. Students may continue their engineering coursework at one of the many international sites offering engineering courses.
  • Accelerated pathways enable qualified students to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in one year beyond the bachelor’s degree. Transfer students apply to this program after admission to advanced standing. Once admitted, students may begin taking up to 3 courses approved by advisors that count towards both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • Individualized advising assists students with course sequencing towards graduation.
  • Research with faculty gives selected students an opportunity to gain hands-on research experience under the mentorship of a faculty member.
  • The Hart Center for Engineering Leadership offers opportunities for professional and leadership development.
  • Engineering student organizations offer students the opportunity to put leadership skills into practice and make lifelong friendships with fellow classmates.
  • Membership in engineering honorary societies recognizes selected students who have outstanding academic achievements.

Degree Programs in Lyle School of Engineering

Lyle Engineering offers undergraduate degrees in the following fields:

Any of the Lyle degree programs can be combined with pre-medical studies or pre-law studies. For further information on the degree programs, check out the school’s section  in the Undergraduate Catalog, or explore Lyle’s Official SMU webpage.

The Common Curriculum (CC)

The Common Curriculum is required of all undergraduate students and consists of three main components: 

  1. Foundations - 6 hours of Writing courses, 3 hours of Quantitative Reasoning courses, proficiency in a second language. 
  2. Breadth - 7 Breadth courses which may double count with majors and minors.
  3. Proficiencies and Experiences - 8 Proficiencies and Experiences requirements, met through coursework or approved, noncredit activities.

NOTE: If you transfer with 23 or fewer credit hours and/or transfer in your first year out of high school, transfer work earned prior to high school graduation (dual/concurrent credit) will not satisfy CC requirements.

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