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Rensselaer Catalog 2015-2016 
Rensselaer Catalog 2015-2016 [Archived Catalog]

Computer and Systems Engineering

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This field is one of the fastest-growing branches of engineering. Strong course sequences in software, hardware, and systems engineering are available. Students consider the computer as a system in itself, as a tool for modeling and design, and as an embedded element within a real-time system. There is the flexibility to study in depth in areas such as automatic control, communications, information processing, computer software, computer hardware, computer networks, robotics, signal processing, and image analysis.

First Year


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4


  • Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Second Year

Third Year


  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnote 2 below)
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Fourth Year

  • Professional Development II Credit Hours: 2
    (See footnotes 3 and 4 below)
  • Design Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Computer Engineering Elective Credit Hours: 3-4
  • Restricted Electives (2) Credit Hours: 6-8
    (See footnotes 5 and 6 below)
  • Free Electives (2 or 3)  Credit Hours: 8-9
    (See footnote 2 below)
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnotes 5 and 6 below)
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Electives

In this area, electives are based on the Institute and School of Engineering requirements. Additionally, at least one course must be selected from the list posted on the ECSE home page. Students are urged to elect humanities, arts, and social science sequences through which they will obtain adequate breadth and depth in subject areas. Students desiring minors in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences must consult the school or department in which the courses are offered to obtain further information and specific requirements.

Restricted Electives

Any 3- or 4-credit-hour course with the designation ECSE 4XXX, ECSE 6XXX, CSCI 4XXX, or CSCI 6XXX.

Technical Elective

Any 3- or 4-credit-hour course in engineering, mathematics, or science at the 4000 level or higher.

Computer Engineering Electives

Design Electives


  1. May be taken either term.
  2. The free electives must total at least 12 credits.
  3. This course will be fulfilled from a list published at the start of each semester.
  4. May be taken in the third year.
  5. It is recommended that students use electives to form a concentration.  See the ECSE Web page for concentration listings.
  6. No more than one Independent Study course may be used when satisfying the combined Technical and Restricted Elective requirements.

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