Computer Engineering Concentration

Engineering majors with Civil Engineering Concentration study at George Fox, a top Christian college

Computer Engineers: 'Shaping Everyday Life'

Computer engineers test, design and develop solutions for the information-driven systems that shape everyday life. In the computer engineering concentration within the engineering major at George Fox, you’ll study for this impactful profession with outstanding professors who care passionately not only about advancing their field, but also about mentoring students for academic success and spiritual growth.

Career opportunities in the field are broad – computer engineers enhance the capability and applicability of computers in virtually every industry and area of life. They embed computers in machines and systems, build networks to transfer data, and develop ways to make computers more efficient and capable.

Create Design-Build Projects in Multi-Disciplinary Teams

In the computer engineering concentration, you’ll learn the fundamentals of computer science and electrical engineering, providing you with a solid understanding of both the hardware and software of computers. The curriculum covers all the major technical areas of computer engineering, including networking, computer software, design automation, artificial intelligence, embedded systems, biomedical and cybersecurity.

Not only will faculty-mentors help you gain a solid broad foundation of theoretical knowledge in small, personalized classes, they also will ensure you gain practical experience building prototypes. The hands-on experience you obtain working on design-build projects in collaborative multi-disciplinary teams begins day one of your freshman year. Because they are practiced at developing tangible projects, graduates enter the workforce ready to implement successful projects in diverse teams across multiple sectors.

Learn in New 'Maker Hub'

George Fox engineering students design, test and build together using high-tech equipment in state-of-the-art facilities. In the newly renovated Engineering Innovation Center, you’ll work on projects in the “maker hub” – a 6,000-square-foot configurable project-build space. Engineering students also work together in high-tech design studios; machine, welding and woodworking shops; the computer design lab; a tool room; an additive manufacturing lab; and in environmental, geotechnical, construction and transportation lab spaces.

An Emphasis on Service

As a computer engineer, your contributions to others will be significant, beginning even while you are a student. In the Servant Engineering program, included in the core curriculum, students create solutions to major technical challenges – for example, devising an earpiece that helps students at the Oregon School for the Blind hold their heads level and maintain good posture.

The program’s integration of technical preparation and its emphasis on Christ-centered results is an education rarely experienced in engineering schools. Throughout your four years, Christian professors will offer the tools, expertise and encouragement to strengthen your faith and open doors to rewarding opportunities.

Request more information about the computer engineering concentration at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Engineering majors at George Fox study at one of the West Coast's top Christian colleges

Bachelor's degree graduates earning engineering degrees are expected to be the highest paid, leading all STEM graduates, according to the 2016 Job Outlook survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Job growth for engineers is expected to rise, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, due to an infrastructure that continues to age (civil engineering), the ever-increasing demand for highly skilled computer scientists, and the ability of electrical and mechanical engineers to develop and apply new technologies. “Job prospects may be best for those who stay abreast of the most recent advances in technology,” notes the BLS.

  • Electrical Failure Analysis Engineer, Intel
  • Electrical Engineer, Boeing
  • Embedded Software Design Engineer, Tektronix
  • Semiconductor Design Engineer, Teradyne
  • Reliability Engineer, Lattice Semiconductor
  • Various engineering positions, Daimler Trucks North America
  • Mechanical Engineer, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
  • Applications Engineer, MCAD Technologies
  • Structural and Payload Engineer, Boeing
  • Development Engineer, Contech Engineered Solutions
  • Project Engineer, Anderson Construction
  • Civil Design Engineer, KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • A-dec, Newberg, Ore.
  • Teradyne, Portland
  • CUI, Portland
  • Intel, Beaverton, Ore.
  • Boeing, Seattle, Wash.
  • Lattice Semiconductor, Portland
  • HP, Boise, Idaho
  • 3D Systems, Wilsonville, Ore.
  • Tektronix, Beaverton, Ore.
  • Climax, Newberg, Ore.
  • Cascade Steel, McMinnville, Ore.
  • Biotronik, Beaverton, Ore.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of Washington
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Georgia
  • Purdue University
  • USC
  • Texas A&M

Student Experiences

Jake Ferrier

“During my time at George Fox I’ve gained a lot of resilience and trust in my ability to push through challenges. It’s been amazing to be in a place where the professors invest in me and show me by example how to use my engineering skills to serve God and my community.”

- Jake Ferrier

Daniela Makowski

“It wasn’t that difficult for me to find a job after graduation, knowing that I had a great degree. [Employers] really knew that they could count on my education. ... The best decision I ever made was to go to George Fox for engineering.”

- Daniela Makowski

Points of Distinction

  • Outstanding faculty with a Christian worldview
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Servant engineering curriculum
  • Small class sizes
  • Application learning environment beginning freshman year
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment
  • Real-world solutions created in collaborative teams

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.