Curriculum + Resources

Program Information

Read the in-depth description of the program and guidelines for students who are interested in the BSE in Computer Engineering but may also be considering the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science majors.


Suggested Schedules

Some students may come to Penn sure of their major, completely undecided, or be considering a few related majors. This document allows you to see course plans for each path – the decided student, the undecided, and the student interested in EE, CSCI, or CMPE.

Course Dependencies Flow Chart

We have made available a “flow chart” of required courses and prerequisites for interested students.

Changing Your Major:

To switch your major to CMPE, download the change of major form and have it signed by the required individual.

Please see the following details regarding the ESE 1120 requirement for your degree:

CMPE students entering fall 2023 or earlier:

  • If you have taken ESE 1120, it satisfies the prereq for ESE 2150 and ESE 2180 and counts towards your degree.
  • If you have taken (or have Penn approved credit for) other previously assumed equivalent physics courses (e.g. PHYS 151 or 171) and review the ESE1120 module and pass the module exam, the course will count towards your degree as a natural science requirement. It also will satisfy the prereq for ESE 2150 and ESE 2180.

CMPE students entering fall 2024 or later:

  • ESE 1120 is mandatory for EE and CMPE students entering Fall 2024 and later.
  • Students transferring into EE or CMPE after their first year can use PHYS 151 or PHYS 171 in place of ESE 1120 once the module is completed and the diagnostics exam is passed. The module and diagnostic exam is only for transfer students. No AP credit will count towards the ESE 1120 requirement.
  • ESE 1120 is a natural science course in place of Phys 151 (or Phys 171).