Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (B.S. in E.C.E.)
Our ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (B.S. in E.C.E.) program provides a strong technical foundation within a caring Christian environment with an emphasis on professional, ethical and leadership development. ECE students analyze, design, and build a variety of devices enabling an understanding of the principles behind modern technologies to prepare them to play a role in shaping the future.
What is Electrical and Computer Engineering?
Engineers use science, math, and fundamental principles to solve problems. This may include designing new devices and systems, testing those systems, investigating failures, overseeing manufacturing or construction, research leading to new technologies, and many other activities. Examples of work done by electrical or computer engineers include:
- electrical/electronic systems for aircraft and spacecraft, including RADAR, voice and data communications, and electrical power for these systems, as well as flight controls and instrumentation (altitude, air speed, etc.);
- mobile devices and the wireless networks that connect them;
- computer hardware and software, from simple microcontrollers to complex, high-performance computing clusters;
- materials used in the manufacturing of electrical devices and components, such as silicon for integrated circuits and photovoltaic cells or various metals used in batteries;
- lasers, optics, and optical fibers for data communication;
- electrical energy storage and generation, including conventional, solar, wind, and wave;
- industrial, commercial, and consumer robots, such as quadcopter “drones”; and
- embedded systems, or systems-within-systems, such as the engine computer and the entertainment center in a vehicle.
Many of these areas are reflected in the BSECE curriculum through required and elective courses, in addition to extra-curricular activities, student projects, and undergraduate research opportunities. Learn more about electrical and computer engineering at tryengineering.com or this IEEE brochure.
What do Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) students study?
The ECE curriculum consists of two main course stems. In the electrical stem, students study signals and systems, electromagnetics, electronic circuit design and control systems design. In the computer stem, students study digital logic design, computer organization, embedded computer systems, hardware/software design and digital signal processing.
With these two required stems, students gain a foundation in the major areas of electrical and computer engineering and are prepared for careers in a broad spectrum of industries. Elective courses allow a student to study a specialized field of interest, including areas like communication and networking, signal and image processing, optics and photonics, control and robotics, digital and embedded systems, wireless and microwave systems, and power and energy systems. Learn more about our curriculum here.
What are the job prospects for ECE graduates?
Students that receive an ECE degree have a wide range of exciting career and graduate degree options. Of the ECE students graduating in May of 2019, 83 percent had a full-time position or acceptance to graduate school before they graduated. Find out more about our alumni and where they work here.
Are there ECE student organizations?
While ECE students participate in many organizations across the campus, there are organizations dedicated specifically to students in the major. From the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) to Engineers with a Mission, students have opportunities to engage in leadership, professional development, student projects, and service. Learn more about our student organizations.
All students in the school of Engineering and Computer Science can apply to live in the Teal Residential College.
What is ABET?
The BSECE degree is accredited by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. ABET accreditation in engineering provides assurance that a university program meets the quality standards of the profession. Students seeking to become a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) post-graduation must graduate from an ABET-accredited program. Learn more about our ABET accreditation.
Curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in ECE
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering complete a rigorous course of study that includes courses from the Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Basic Sciences, and Engineering. Electrical and Computer Engineering professionals are required to demonstrate strong written and spoken communication skills, an understanding of engineering economics, and familiarity with engineering ethics.
This course of study prepares students well for careers in industry, government, education, and non-profits. B.S. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering
ECE Major Requirements – 62 semester hours
- Introduction to Engineering – 6 hours o EGR 1301 and 1302
- Computer Science – 4 hours o CSI 1430
- Electrical Foundation – 17 hours o ELC 2130, 2330, 3114, 3314, 3335, 3337, 4332
- Computer Foundation – 17 hours o ELC 2137, 2337, 3336, 3338, 4351, 4438
- Engineering Design – 6 hours o EGR 3380 and 4390
- Engineering Electives – 12 hours, examples include:
- Introduction to Robotics
- Power Systems
- Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
- Advanced Digital Logic
- RF Electronics
General Requirements - 23 to 28 semester hours
- Chapel, English, Religion, Literature, Political Science, Economics and Ethics
The requirements for the degree as well as course descriptions can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.
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Find out more information about our graduate programs here.