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

Our Electrical Engineering Graduates will:

  1. Contribute their technical knowledge to better their lives and society;
  2. Assume positions of leadership and responsibility in their electrical engineering related careers;
  3. Pursue graduate and professional studies;
  4. Conduct themselves in a professional manner that meets or exceeds the expectations of their employers.

Computer Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Our Computer Engineering Graduates will:

  1. Engage in life-long learning, remaining current and becoming leaders in their profession;
  2. Advance and expand in their computer engineering related careers by applying their engineering knowledge and skills;
  3. Contribute productively to the workforce in state, regional, national and international industries and government organizations;
  4. Communicate effectively, provide enabling solutions to societal challenges, and respond to technical, business, social, ethical, and human needs of 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

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

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. 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.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
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