Computer Engineering

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?

• CompE develops strong theoretical foundation and hands on training in both the hardware and software aspects of computer systems and their applications. • CompE faculty are first-rate teacher-scholars from top PhD programs with outstanding research activities and achievements and industry experiences • CompE students can directly work with faculty members on cutting-edge research • CompE program features SF State Scholars program which students can earn BS and MS in 5 years. • CompE students have been very successful in winning awards in research competitions such as the Annual CSU Student Research Competitions (e.g. 1st place awards in 2020 and 2018) • Engineering students have strong peer and community support from over 10 engineering student organizations such as the student chapters of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). • CompE Alums work for Intel, Microsoft, Western Digital, Qualcomm, and many other public and private companies locally and internationally. • CompE Alums are accepted into first-rate graduate programs such as UCs, Stanford, Virginia Tech, and numerous other institutions worldwide. • CompE students can pursue a MS degree in Engineering with concentration in Embedded Electrical and Computer Systems (EECS) at SF State.

When should I first meet with my major department? Engineering has two new/transfer orientation meetings in the beginning the semester. New students are encouraged to attend this meeting. Engineering has mandatory advising every semester during the advising weeks in November in the Fall semester & in April in the Spring Semester. New Transfer Students should also meet with their program head for transfer course evaluation at the start of the semester.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Engineering has mandatory advising every semester during the advising weeks in November in the Fall semester & in April in the Spring Semester. Every student has a designated faculty advisor that will be assigned to them each semester. New Transfer Students will be assigned to their program head for advising.
Where can I find information about major advising? Engineering Office: SCI 163
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes, we have a major planning sheet.
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? Not applicable.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? Students should look to enroll into General Education courses.

Does this major have GE courses that are met in major?

[These courses are deemed “met in the major” upon completion of the courses listed (even though the courses are not approved for GE). This is true whether or not the student completes the major.]


A3 (Critical Thinking): ENGR 205 AND one of ENGR 201 OR ENGR 213

UD-B: ENGR 300 AND one of ENGR 301 OR 302

Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Please visit for more information

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? ENGR 300, 305, 353, 356/357
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? ENGR 205, 206; MATH 245
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? Yes, if prerequisites are not met or not transferred correctly, please contact the School of Engineering Office at
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? No.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

ENGR 100

ENGR 121

CHEM 180 (also fulfills GE B1 and GE B3)

Mathematics Pathway 2 students that are eligible for MATH 226* should take it in their first semester. Pathway 2 students not eligible for MATH 226 should take MATH 199*. Pathway 3 and 4 students should take MATH 197 in their first semester and MATH 198 in their second semester.

*1-unit Supplemental Instruction courses (SCI) are offered for these classes as additional support. These courses can be found in the SFSU Class Schedule ( by searching for the SCI prefix.

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

Completion of Pre-Calculus or Entry level Math exam.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?

AP exam (score 4 or 5)            Course

Calculus AB or BC                    Math 226, 4 units

Physics C: Mechanics               PHYS 220+PHYS 222, 4 units



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