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Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering

College of Engineering, Computing, Technology, and Mathematics

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Undergraduate Programs

Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering Degrees Offered

You can pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or biomedical engineering.  We now offer three new specializations in Biomedical Engineering, Power and Energy Engineering, and PreMedical Engineering for students who wish to pursue a degree in medicine after graduation.

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The flexibility of the electrical engineering curriculum allows the students to choose courses among four tracks: (a) Electronic Circuits and Devices: electronic circuits, instrumentation, RF circuit design, microwave circuit design. Relevant courses: ECE 423, ECE 438, ECE 440, ECE 446, ECE 447, ECE 449, ECE 479. (b) Electromagnetics and Photonics: microwave engineering, antenna systems, fiber optic systems. Relevant courses: ECE 441, ECE 448, ECE 472, ECE 477, ECE 479. (c) Power Systems and Energy: utility power systems, energy systems, electric drives. Relevant courses: ECE 481, ECE 483, ECE 484, ECE 486, ECE 487, ECE 488, ECE 489. (d) Signals and Control: signals and systems, signal processing, telecommunications, control. Relevant courses: ECE 456, ECE 459, ECE 466, ECE 467, ECE 468A, ECE 471, ECE 476, ECE 478.

In the computer engineering curriculum the students can choose courses in (a) Design Automation and Application Programming: Algorithms and software development for digital integrated circuits, embedded systems, microcontrollers, multicore architecture, networks. Relevant courses in this track are ECE 422, 424, 425, 432, and 456. (b) Computer Hardware Design: Design and evaluation of integrated circuits, configurable hardware, embedded systems, computer architectures. Relevant courses: ECE 422, 423, 424, 425, 427, 428, 429.

The biomedical engineering curriculum relevant courses include BME 417 Neuroengineering, BME 418 Biomedical Electronics and Biosensors, BME 435 Computational Methods in BME, ECE 438 Medical Instrumentation, BME 485 Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics, ECE 467 Modern Biomedical Imaging, ECE 494 Biomedical Ultrasound, ECE 498 Biomedical Signal Analysis, BME 521 Neuromodulation, BME 531 Biophotonics, and BME 540 Tissue Mechanics.

The electrical engineering and computer engineering bachelor of science degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET ( Click here to view the program objectives and student outcomes for the electrical engineering and computer engineering programs.

Information on degrees offered.

Dual Degree

A student may earn two different degrees (e.g., B.A. and B.S.) at the same time by having completed the requirements for each degree and a total of at least 120 semester hours. An application for graduation must be submitted for both degrees. Students officially enrolled in a dual degree program who, for any reason, choose to graduate with a single bachelor’s degree after having completed more than one-half of the requirements for the second degree will be granted seven years beyond the date of initial graduation for purposes of completing requirements for the second degree. It shall be the student’s responsibility to monitor the passage of time and to complete degree requirements by the official deadline. The University assumes no responsibility for notifying students of pending deadlines.

Double Major

A student may complete two or more majors under the same degree with a minimum of 120 semester hours, provided the student fulfills the requirements specific to each major. Additional school or college and University Core Curriculum requirements must be met for the primary program only.  Students completing a double major are awarded one degree and therefore one diploma.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

A student may earn a second bachelor’s degree upon completion of a minimum of 30 hours, making a total of 150 hours minimum, provided the student fulfills the requirements of the department or school and college for the second bachelor’s degree. A prior bachelor’s degree fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement. If a student’s first bachelor’s degree is from another university, 30 hours in residence is required to fulfill the requirements for the second bachelor’s degree. If the first bachelor’s degree was earned at the University, a minimum of 10 semester hours must be taken in residence at the University.

Undergraduate Courses

A list of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering courses with descriptions can be found in the Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Catalog, Computer Engineering Undergraduate Catalog or Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Catalog.


Highlights of the program include small classroom size, lab-based instruction, real world capstone design sequence, optional internships, co-ops and externships, national recognition, reseach experiences through industry sponsored research centers and federal/state/university funding. 

Summary of highlights.

Technical Areas

The Electrical Engineering program offers technical areas in (a) Electrical Systems: Autonomous Vehicles, Control Systems, Robotics, Electric Energy & Renewables, Electric Utilities, Electric Vehicles, Medical Instruments, Optics & Photonics, Power Grid, Antennas, (b) Microelectronics: Electronic Design Automation, Emerging Technologies,  Integrated Circuits, Integrated Systems, Medical Electronics, Sensors, and (c) Signals and Communications: Robotics, Image processing, Signal Processing, Telecommunications, Communication Networks.

The Computer Engineering program offers technical areas in (a) Microelectronics: Electronic Design Automation, Emerging Technologies,  Integrated Circuits, Integrated Systems, Medical Electronics, Sensors, (b) Hardware and Firmware: Computer Architectures, Embedded Systems, Network Systems, Robotics, Programmable Logic Controllers, and (c) Systems Software: Cloud Computing, Digital Design Automation, Multi-Core Programming, Operating Systems, Software Engineering, Systems Programming.

The Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program offers courses in Bioelectricity, Bioelectronics and Biosensors, Biomechanics, Biosignal Processing, Biostatistics, Instrumentation and Medical Devices, Mechanobiology, Medical Imaging, Neural Engineering, Physiological modeling, Tissue Engineering.

Summary of technical areas.

Professional Placement

Employment opportunities exist within a wide range of organizations, such as aerospace industry, automotive industry, defense agencies, electric utilities, electrical systems companies, semiconductor industry, software engineering, software development, telecommunications, cyber-systems, biomedical industry, start-ups and consulting.