computer engineering

Computer Engineering, a branch of electronic engineering, encompasses three distinct areas: computer hardware, computer programming, and computer applications. Due to the rapid advancements in computer sciences, computer engineering focuses on the entire production process of computers, from design and manufacturing to programming and testing to ensure all success factors are met.

Graduates of computer engineering work mainly in two fields: hardware engineering and computer programming. Each field requires engineers to possess distinct, comprehensive skills.

hardware field

In the hardware field, engineers design, manufacture, and test the main hardware components of computers, ensuring their safety and quality and continuously improving them. Strong skills in electrical engineering are essential due to its significant relevance to computer hardware. Key examples of computer hardware include computer memory, data storage devices, input devices, and output devices.

programming field

In the programming field, computer engineers develop and program various applications that are fundamental to the operation of computers. Examples include operating systems, applications, network and communication software, utility software, and information security.

The study of computer engineering typically spans four years for a bachelor’s degree. The curriculum in most Turkish universities varies, offering a diverse array of courses, though it can differ from one university to another. Students are advised to verify the course content on the university’s website.

Curriculum of computer engineering major

First Academic Year

  • Introduction to Computer Engineering, includes an overview of practical use of computers and information technology
  • Calculus, trigonometric, exponential, and inverse functions
  • Chemical foundations, atoms, molecules, ions, modern atomic theory, and compounds
  • Chemical calculations
  • Introduction to algorithms and programming
  • Introduction to psychology and communication skills

Second Academic Year

  • Principles and techniques of object-oriented programming and basic data structures
  • Using dynamic memory
  • Computer systems and the development of microprocessor system engineering
  • Differential equations
  • Introduction to Java programming language, linking and configuration
  • Turkish language, its significance, and evolution

Third Academic Year

  • Introduction to database management systems, file structures, and microprocessors
  • Introduction to operating system concepts and process management
  • Management of devices and file systems
  • Special topics in entrepreneurship and project culture
  • Summer internship for students to experience the practical application of theoretical knowledge in the computer industry work environment

Fourth Academic Year

  • Data mining, storage, and preparation
  • Capstone project, supported by faculty specialized in computer engineering, focusing on computer software, hardware, and various computer science topics
  • A selection of elective subjects, such as health and safety programs

Example: Click here to view the courses taught for the Computer Engineering program at Bahçeşehir University Istanbul

Students also gain experience in this field through two summer internships in the areas of computer hardware and software. Additionally, students have opportunities for training at universities in other countries. Detailed course plans and contents for the computer engineering program can be viewed on the relevant pages of each university, as the curricula and training courses vary from one university to another.

Career Opportunities for Computer Engineering Graduates

With ongoing technological advancement, there is an increasing need for well-equipped computer engineers with both theoretical and practical skills, to work in the following areas:

  • Designing and testing various types of computer hardware
  • Database management
  • Cybersecurity (information security)
  • Designing and programming networks
  • Multimedia
  • Academic career

Prominent Turkish universities offering computer engineering

  • Nişantaşı University
  • Beykent University
  • Istanbul Kültür University
  • Istanbul Okan University
  • Bahçeşehir University Istanbul
  • Istanbul Aydın University
  • Istanbul Medipol University
  • Altınbaş University
  • Istanbul Şehir University
  • Üsküdar University

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