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department after completing the requirements of 30 credit hours of core courses common to all computer science students. The students continue taking core courses until the first semester of their junior year, when they begin taking their electives from different specialization areas. In this paper, the authors are proposing a new area of specialization in their computer science department called Embedded Systems Engineering. The paper elaborates the detail content of the curriculum requirement for this track. Embedded Systems Engineering The area of Embedded Systems Design has been gaining a tremendous growth in recent years. A major aspect of this growth has been the addition of networking technologies and operating systems to embedded systems. Embedded systems have application in many areas such as automotive/transportation, government/military, medical equipment, telecommunications, avionics/aeronautics, aerospace electronics, office automation, data-communication, industrial automation, and consumer electronics 1. About 98 % of all the 32-bit microprocessors currently in use worldwide are used in embedded systems 2. By the year 2010, it is forecasted that 90 % of the overall program code developed will be for embedded computing systems 3. The remarkable growth in embedded computing has given rise to a demand for engineers and computer scientists with experience in designing and implementing embedded systems. Embedded system design is currently not yet well represented in academic programs. Most computer engineering programs teach programming and design skills that are appropriate for a general-purpose computer operating under the control of a commercial operating system rather than for more specialized embedded systems 4, 5

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