Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Majors Offered

The department offers three academic programs: Electrical Engineering; Computer Engineering; and Computer Science.  Each program provides degrees at the BS, MS and PhD levels.

Electrical Engineering

PowerlinesElectrical Engineering deals with the application of the physical laws governing charged particles. From miniature integrated circuits that contain millions of microelectronic devices, to high-speed fiber-optic communication systems that span international boundaries, electrical engineering impacts every aspect of modern-day living.

Electrical engineering is unique among the engineering disciplines because of its wide range of applications. Subject areas within electrical engineering are so diverse that it is not always apparent that here is an underlying connection. The range of subjects is not only broad but is also expanding.

The program educational objectives of the electrical engineering program are:

The Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Computer Engineering

circuit boardComputer Engineering deals with the electronic hardware side of electrical engineering and the programming side of computer science. Often, a student can study electrical engineering to cultivate a background in computer engineering. However, with the increasing needs of both industry and technology that drive our future, computer engineering has now become a discipline by itself.

Typically, a computer engineering curriculum provides a background in three broad areas—hardware, software and hardware-software integration. Students will also have the opportunity to explore fundamental topics such as microprocessors, computer architecture, digital signal processing, operating systems, data communications and other related material. In addition, the program includes core engineering subjects that are common to all engineering disciplines.

The program educational objectives of the computer engineering program are:

The Computer Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Computer Science

Kraken supercomputerComputer Science is the systematic study of algorithmic processes that describe and transform information: their theory, analysis, design, efficiency, implementation, and application. The fundamental question underlying all of computing is: What can efficiently be automated?

Computer Science is far more than programming. It incorporates the paradigms of theory (mathematical), abstraction (experimental) and design (engineering) within many topic areas, including:

  • algorithms, data structures
  • architecture
  • artificial intelligence (AI) & robotics
  • bioinformatics and systems biology
  • computer systems
  • computational science
  • databases and data mining
  • high-performance computing
  • human-computer communication
  • programming languages
  • software engineering

The program educational objectives of the computer science program are:


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