Why EE / CE?
You can’t go wrong with your decision to major in either electrical or computer engineering. Both majors are consistently ranked between the top 5 to 7 programs in the nation by U.S News & World Report, and students from both majors are highly recruited.
Careers in ECE
What’s the difference between the programs?
A major in electrical engineering gives a broad overview of specialties including information technology, circuits, wireless communications, robotics, power and energy, optics, nanotechnology, computer hardware, control, electromagnetics and more. It is a lab-intensive major especially in the upper classes, so if you like hands-on activities, you’ll enjoy this major.
A major in computer engineering focuses more deeply on computer hardware and software, and embedded systems. There are still plenty of hands-on projects, as most everything these days is controlled in some way with a computer.
Graduate work in areas such as computer security, computer networks, machine learning, and data science can be pursued with any of these three undergraduate degrees.
Each major culminates in a major design experience course (MDE), taken in your senior year. Some students take more than one MDE, and if approved, students can substitute one of these for a different MDE, even from a different major. The current offerings (as of Fall 2020) are as follows:
|Electrical Engineering MDE Courses||Computer Engineering MDE Courses|
|EECS 411: Microwave Circuits I|
|EECS 413: Monolithic Amplifier Circuits|
|EECS 425: Integrated Microsystems Laboratory|
|EECS 427: VLSI Design I||EECS 427: VLSI Design I|
|EECS 430: Wireless Link Design|
|EECS 438: Advanced Lasers and Optics Lab|
|EECS 452: Digital Signal Processing Design Laboratory||EECS 452: Digital Signal Processing Design Laboratory|
|EECS 467: Autonomous Robotics|
|EECS 470: Computer Architecture||EECS 470: Computer Architecture|
|EECS 473: Advanced Embedded Systems||EECS 473: Advanced Embedded Systems|