Information for Prospective Undergraduate Students:
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Information for Current Undergraduate Students:
The Electrical & Computer Engineering department offers two bachelors degrees, one in Computer Engineering and the other in Electrical Engineering.
Computer engineering (CPE) is a branch of engineering that encompasses the theory, design, and applications of computers and information processing techniques. The CPE curriculum is more hardware-oriented, including electronics theory and application, than the computer science curriculum. Students acquire a common background with computer science (CSE) students in the fundamental areas of programming, architecture, and organization of digital computers, data structures, principles of software design, and elements of theory of computation. Students obtain a strong mathematical foundation and hands-on experience in microprocessor design. Program strengths at MSU include the major engineering design experience; integration of hardware/software issues, especially in the context of embedded systems; use of contemporary engineering design and modeling tools throughout the curriculum; and advanced engineering design options in hardware, software and communications. This program is interdepartmental with Computer Science and Engineering.
The electrical engineering (EE) curriculum encompasses a broad background in the analysis and synthesis of electrical and electronic circuits and devices, in the mathematical tools necessary for signal processing, and in the design and analysis of modern electrical systems. At MSU, students obtain a extensive insight into Electrical Engineering through courses and laboratory experience that include understanding contemporary issues that have global and societal impact. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in major engineering design experiences that are offered through formalized courses, engineering extracurricular activities and research with faculty.
The Electrical Engineering BS degree and the Computer Engineering BS degree are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/, ABET 415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Program Educational Objectives:
The bachelor's degree in electrical/computer engineering provides its graduates with a solid foundation on which they can build successful and sustainable careers in the ever-changing global work environment. The program prepares its graduates for a variety of career paths including engineering positions directly after program completion, entry to engineering graduate school, and entry to other professional graduate-level schools, and eventual leadership in scientific, technical, organizational, and entrepreneurial arenas.
Specifically, the electrical/computer engineering program graduates will:
- be independent and critical thinkers who identify problems and develop effective solutions;
- be competent and ethical engineers practicing in a diverse range of fields;
- maintain and increase their technical expertise through lifelong learning;
- use their expertise to the benefit of the larger community.