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Department Mission and Undergraduate Objectives

Constituencies of the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering

The constituencies of the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering include our students, the industry of the state of Colorado and the nation, and the ECEE graduate faculty. All are served by our undergraduate education programs. Our graduate educational programs serve Colorado and national industry and our graduate students. Colorado and national industry is served by our research.

Our Mission

The Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder is the premier undergraduate and graduate EE/ECE program in the state of Colorado and all adjoining states, as measured by reputation, national rankings, and department size. The primary mission of the ECEE department is:

Objectives of the EE Degree Program

It is widely acknowledged that an engineering undergraduate education is a strong foundation for a successful career in many disciplines including, of course, engineering but additionally management, business, law, medicine, and even politics. While our primary focus is on engineering careers, we are pleased when our graduates take their foundations in analysis, problem solving, and understanding of complex systems into diverse careers.

Our curriculum is designed to help our graduates become viable in a globally competitive work environment. Our graduates are able to establish a portfolio of up-to-date skills, abilities, and accomplishments that distinguish them from the competition. Further, the core disciplines and intellectual skills they develop form the framework for a successful career in an environment where the state of practice advances rapidly.

The following set of program objectives for the Electrical Engineering program was developed by our faculty and our constituencies.

During the first several years after completion of their baccalaureate studies,

EE-1 Graduates will be situated in growing careers involving the design, development or support of electrical or electronic systems, devices, instruments, or products, or will be successfully pursuing an advanced degree.

EE-2 Graduates will have advanced in professional standing based on their technical accomplishments and will have accumulated additional technical expertise to remain globally competitive.

EE-3 Graduates will have demonstrated professional and personal leadership and growth.

The EE curriculum is designed to prepare our graduates to meet these objectives as follows:

EE-1 Graduates will be situated in growing careers involving the design, development or support of electrical or electronic systems, devices, instruments, or products, or will be successfully pursuing an advanced degree.

Graduates attaining the EE degree will have comprehensive knowledge and experience in the concepts and design of electrical and electronic devices, circuits, and systems. This is achieved through a sequence of required courses in these areas, culminating in a major design project incorporating realistic engineering constraints. Moreover, graduates will have advanced, specialized knowledge and skills in elective areas such as communications and digital signal processing, control systems, analog and digital integrated circuit design, semiconductor devices and optoelectronics, electromagnetics and wireless systems, power electronics and renewable energy, bioelectronics, and digital systems.

EE graduates will have attained other professional skills that will be useful throughout their careers, including verbal and written communication and the ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

The EE curriculum is rich in laboratory work. EE graduates will have achieved extensive practical experience in the laboratory techniques, tools, and skills that provide a bridge between theory and practice.

EE-2 Graduates will have advanced in professional standing based on their technical accomplishments and will have accumulated additional technical expertise to remain globally competitive.

EE graduates experience a curriculum that contains a broad core of classes focused on mathematical and physical principles that are fundamental to the field of electrical engineering. Hence, they understand the physical and mathematical principles underlying electrical and electronic technology, and are able to analyze and solve electrical engineering problems using this knowledge. In addition to basic classes in mathematics, science, and computing, the EE curriculum includes a sequence of courses in analog and digital electronic circuits and systems, and electromagnetic fields.

EE-3 Graduates will have demonstrated professional and personal leadership and growth.

To lay the foundation for a long career in a rapidly changing field, a broad background of fundamental knowledge is required. This is achieved in the EE curriculum through a sequence of required classes in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and the EE core. In addition, the graduate must be capable of lifelong learning; this is taught through assignments and projects that require independent research and study.

The curriculum includes a significant component of electives in the humanities and social sciences. EE graduates will have knowledge of the broader contemporary issues that impact engineering solutions in a global and societal context. They will have the verbal and written communications skills necessary for a successful career in industry or academia. Graduates also understand the meaning and importance of professional and ethical responsibility.

Student Outcomes of the EE Degree Program

Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Annual student enrollment and graduation data for Electrical Engineering can be found on the college Facts and Figures webpage.

Objectives of the ECE Degree Program

Our curriculum is designed to help our graduates become viable in a globally competitive work environment. Our graduates are able to establish a portfolio of up-to-date skills, abilities, and accomplishments that distinguish them from the competition. Further, the core disciplines and intellectual skills they develop form the framework for a successful career in an environment where the state of practice advances rapidly.

The following set of program objectives for the Electrical and Computer Engineering program was developed by our faculty and our other constituencies.

During the first several years after completion of their baccalaureate studies,

ECE-1 Graduates will be situated in growing careers involving the design, development or support of electrical, electronic, and computer hardware and software systems, software engineering, devices, instruments, or products, or will be successfully pursuing an advanced degree.

ECE-2 Graduates will have advanced in professional standing based on their technical accomplishments and will have accumulated additional technical expertise to remain globally competitive.

ECE-3 Graduates will have demonstrated professional and personal leadership and growth.

The ECE curriculum is designed to prepare our graduates to meet these as follows:

ECE-1 Graduates will be situated in growing careers involving the design, development or support of electrical, electronic, and computer hardware and software systems, software engineering, devices, instruments, or products, or will be successfully pursuing an advanced degree.

Graduates attaining the ECE degree will have comprehensive knowledge and experience in the concepts and design of electrical, electronic, and computer devices, circuits, and systems. Besides emphasizing computer hardware and software, the ECE curriculum also emphasizes design, integration, and application of computer systems, as well as experience in software development. This is achieved through a sequence of required courses in these areas, culminating in a major design project incorporating realistic engineering constraints. The curriculum also provides opportunities for specializaiton in areas such as compiler design, embedded systems, software engineering, and VLSI design, as well as in the electrical engineering specialities.

ECE graduates will have attained other professional skills that will be useful throughout their careers, including verbal and written communication and the ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

The ECE curriculum is rich in laboratory work. ECE graduates will have achieved extensive practical experience in the laboratory techniques, tools, and skills that provide a bridge between theory and practice.

ECE-2 Graduates will have advanced in professional standing based on their technical accomplishments and will have accumulated additional technical expertise to remain globally competitive.

ECE graduates experience a curriculum that contains a broad core of classes focused on mathematical and physical principles that are fundamental to the fields of electrical and computer engineering. Hence, they understand the physical and mathematical principles underlying electrical and electronic technology and computer systems and are able to analyze and solve electrical and computer engineering problems using this knowledge. In addition to basic classes in mathematics, science, and computing, the ECE curriculum includes a sequence of courses in analog and digital electronic circuits and systems, and electromagnetic fields, probability, computer software, and computer design and architecture.

ECE-3 Graduates will have demonstrated professional and personal leadership and growth.

To lay the foundation for a long career in a rapidly changing field, a broad background of fundamental knowledge is required. This is achieved in the ECE curriculum through a sequence of required classes in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and the ECE core. In addition, the graduate must be capable of lifelong learning; this is taught through assignments and projects that require independent research and study.

The curriculum includes a significant component of electives in the humanities and social sciences. ECE graduates will have knowledge of the broader contemporary issues that impact engineering solutions in a global and societal context. They will have the verbal and written communications skills necessary for a successful career in industry or academia. Graduates also understand the meaning and importance of professional and ethical responsibility.

Student Outcomes of the ECE Degree Program

Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Annual student enrollment and graduation data for Electrical and Computer Engineering can be found on the college Facts and Figures webpage.