Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a new Integrated BS/MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Individuals enrolling in these degree programs are given an opportunity to develop a strong background in the engineering sciences and to learn the analysis, design, and synthesis tools necessary to function well as active participants in many traditional, new, and emerging areas of technology.

The Cooperative Education in Engineering Program formally integrates students' University studies with institutionally supervised work experiences at cooperating organizations. The majority of students receive engineering-related experience during pursuit of their bachelor's degree. The ECE department continues to be recognized locally and nationally for the quality of its undergraduate program. As a result, ECE graduates continue to find high-paying jobs or are accepted into graduate schools nationwide.

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.

Student Outcomes

  • An ability to apply mathematics, science and engineering principles.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.