Department Information

ECE Department Goals

The goals of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are:

  • To offer an innovative, design-oriented, internationally recognized undergraduate program with concentrations in computer engineering, systems and controls, communication, signal processing, and electronic materials and devices.
  • To attain domestic and international prominence for quality graduate programs in emerging research areas.
  • To serve our multicultural society and the nation through excellence in education, research, and technological innovation.

Program Criteria

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Knowledge Of Mathematics Through Differential And Integral Calculus
  • Basic Sciences
  • Computer Sciences
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Differential Equations
  • Linear Algebra
  • Complex Variables
  • Discrete Mathematics

Program Educational Objectives

Electrical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

  • contribute their technical knowledge to better their lives
  • assume positions of leadership and responsibility in their careers
  • pursue graduate and professional studies
  • conduct themselves in a professional manner that meets or exceeds the expectations of their employers

Computer Engineering Program Educational Objectives

  • engage in life-long learning, remaining current and becoming leaders in their profession.
  • advance and expand in their computer engineering related careers by applying their engineering knowledge and skills.
  • contribute productively to the workforce in state, regional, national and international industries and government organizations.
  • communicate effectively, provide enabling solutions to societal challenges, and respond to technical, business, social, ethical, and human needs of the society through their professional endeavors.

Educational Objectives

Electrical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

  • contribute their technical knowledge to better their lives and society
  • assume positions of leadership and responsibility in their electrical engineering related careers
  • pursue graduate and professional studies
  • conduct themselves in a professional manner that meets or exceeds the expectations of their employers

Computer Engineering Program Educational Objectives

  • engage in life-long learning, remaining current and becoming leaders in their profession;
  • advance and expand in their computer engineering related careers by applying their engineering knowledge and skills;
  • contribute productively to the workforce in state, regional, national and international industries and government organizations;
  • communicate effectively, provide enabling solutions to societal challenges, and respond to technical, business, social, ethical, and human needs of the society through their professional endeavors;

Meeting Program Objectives

To meet the program objectives, the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering are organized into a flexible 126-semester-credit-hour structure that provides high-quality education in the fundamentals of engineering, in addition to a thorough coverage of the major specialties within electrical engineering and computer engineering.

For electrical engineering students, a selection of technical electives is provided to allow in-depth concentration in selected areas such as: Communications; Computer Engineering; Digital Signal Processing (DSP); Electronic Materials and Devices; Systems and Control; and Electric Power Engineering.

For students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering, the selection of technical electives are from different areas within computer engineering such as: digital system design, computer architecture, VLSI design, engineering programming languages and embedded systems.

Highly qualified faculty work in concert to provide and to evolve a curriculum that is challenging to students, with depth in engineering science, design orientation, and modern laboratory experience. The curriculum objectives are accomplished via a three-tiered curriculum structure comprised of the lower-division core (the first two years), the upper-division core (concentrated primarily in the third year), and the senior-level electives, which are briefly described on our Program Overview page.

Graduates of UTSA Electrical and Computer Engineering programs will demonstrate the following:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situation and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Computer Engineering

Academic Year Enrollment Year Total UG Total GR Degrees Awarded
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Associates Bachelors Masters Doctorate
2021-2022 FT 43 45 70 97 NA 225 19 NA 47 10 NA
PT 8 8 14 30 NA 60 19
2020-2021 FT 52 49 71 76 NA 248 10 NA 43 11 NA
PT 3 5 14 34 NA 56 17
2019-2020 FT 56 56 53 85 NA 250 11 NA 55 13 NA
PT 5 10 19 22 NA 56 13
2018-2019 FT 94 40 42 72 NA 248 18 NA 33 15 NA
PT 7 5 9 29 NA 50 19
2017-2018 FT 85 47 42 60 NA 234 19 NA 39 16 NA
PT 5 7 19 24 NA 55 17

Electrical Engineering

Academic Year Enrollment Year Total UG Total GR Degrees Awarded
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Associates Bachelors Masters Doctorate
2021-2022 FT 44 33 70 126 NA 273 97 NA 92 23 22
PT 6 13 32 47 NA 98 77
2020-2021 FT 45 52 86 124 NA 307 83 NA 93 22 18
PT 2 12 21 61 NA 96 90
2019-2020 FT 49 68 93 122 NA 332 97 NA 99 27 9
PT 3 11 17 51 NA 82 74
2018-2019 FT 93 51 84 135 NA 363 90 NA 92 31 5
PT 6 12 19 49 NA 86 79
2017-2018 FT 72 61 68 134 NA 335 83 NA 84 28 15
PT 4 4 20 57 NA 85 85
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