Many online B.S. programs are listed under the academic category of information technology or computer science, rather than computer engineering. The latter option is sparingly available online, though campus-based bachelor's programs in computer engineering are more common. The primary focus of these online bachelor's degree programs is quite similar, in that they all address the management and maintenance of computer information systems. The only educational prerequisite to enter most online bachelor's degree programs is a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology - Computer Engineering Specialization
Courses normally cover computer hardware and infrastructure, servers, programming, website development, information management and operating systems.
In addition to the general education classes, students often encounter key coursework in:
- Emerging technology and tools
- Ethical information management
- C++ programming
- Introductory courses in Java, XML, UNIX and Linux
- Website development
Graduates may have the skills needed to work as software developers or computer hardware engineers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that jobs for computer software developers are expected to grow by 21% from 2018-2028, while jobs for computer hardware engineers will only increase by 6% during the same decade. The BLS also indicates that in 2018, the median annual salary for computer software developers was $105,590, and the median salary for computer hardware engineers was $114,600 (www.bls.gov).
Continuing Education Information
Upon graduation from an online B.S. in Computer Engineering or Information Technology program, degree-holders can pursue a master's degree in the same or a related academic discipline. Major companies in the computer industry, such as Oracle, Sun and Microsoft, also offer continuing education opportunities--which normally include classes and certificate programs.
Online bachelor's programs in computer engineering are difficult to find, but there are a few available; programs in related fields like computer science and information technology are more prevalent online. Admission to an online bachelor's program would require a high school degree or equivalent.