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Academics - Electrical & Computer Engineering

 

Introduction

Have you ever thought about the person who makes

  • cell phones?
  • gaming consoles like Microsoft X-box, Sony Playstation, and Nintendo Wii?
  • flight control computers for aircraft?
  • network equipment for the Internet?
  • robots and automated equipment?
  • code-breaking supercomputers for homeland security?
Electrical and computer engineers use engineering fundamentals to solve problems in many different arenas, from medical equipment to consumer electronics, from security and controls to information technology.

Electrical and computer engineers find themselves in many roles in a company:

  • working with a variety of people to solve real problems
  • in a laboratory, understanding how a circuit or system works
  • designing robot equipment for a manufacturing line
  • managing an engineering design team

Program Overview

Freshman & Sophomore Year

The first two years include introductory engineering courses, physics, chemistry, math and humanities courses. The engineering courses will get you familiar with the different concentrations, and along with your other classes, you will build the foundation for the advanced courses. At the end of your second year, you will select electrical and computer engineering as your concentration. Many of the courses in the first two years include lab work and explore real engineering principles. We don't just stand on theory however! We make use of service-learning projects — you dive into solving a real-world problem for real people right away.

Junior & Senior Year

You've picked electrical and computer engineering, and now you build some advanced engineering expertise. You will take electrical engineering classes and lab courses (including circuit design, amplifiers, transistor circuits, microprocessors, computer architecture, electromagnetics) as well as a variety of humanities and fine arts classes.

Math

As a student in the electrical and computer concentration, you need only one additional math course to get the mathematics minor. Many electrical & computer engineering concentration students pursue this option if they come in with some AP credit.

Computer Science

As a student in the electrical and computer concentration, you take a number of computer science courses, but some students choose to take even more. Be careful though. Engineering is a fairly full program, so fitting in more courses yet can be a tight squeeze. Students interested in this should be sure to work closely with their advisor.

Senior Project

Your senior year will include a capstone design course in which you work with a team of students to complete a design project effectively integrating much of your college education.

Summer Internships

We work to place upper class students in a variety of internships at local and international companies (such as Smiths Aerospace, Johnson Controls, IBM, and many more) to gain real-world work experience.