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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Overview: 

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Qualified undergraduate students entering the University of Arizona in the 2009-10 catalog year will be able to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) degree.

Qualified undergraduate students in earlier catalog years (prior to 2009) are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering or a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Both undergraduate degree programs in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering are ABET accredited.    After the first class from the new BS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering graduates, which is expected in May 2013, that program will seek ABET accreditation.  ABET is the accrediting agency for undergraduate engineering programs in the United States.

Overviews and assessment details pertaining to these undergraduate degree programs in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are described at http://assessment.arizona.edu/eng/Electrical%20and%20Computer%20Engineering%20Undergrad .

Graduate Degree Programs

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department offers three graduate degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering:

  1. Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  2. Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  3. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Overviews and assessment details pertaining to these undergraduate degree programs in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are described at http://assessment.arizona.edu/eng/Electrical%20and%20Computer%20Engineering%20Grad .

Mission of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering:

To develop and maintain programs of excellence in teaching and research which will support the State of Arizona in its development as a leading center for high-technology industry and which will support national needs for the development and application of electrical/electronic/computer based high technology.

Brief History of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Arizona enjoys a rich history. Established in 1910 as the Electrical Engineering Department, it has grown into a well-respected department at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Master of Science (M.S.) degree has been formally offered since 1926, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree since 1956, and a Master of Engineering (M.Eng) degree since 1999. It should be pointed out that graduate degrees were never awarded in Computer Engineering. In fact, the name of the department was the Department of Electrical Engineering until November 13, 1982 when the department was renamed the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Initially, graduate students specializing in the computer engineering area received their degree in Electrical Engineering. The first graduate student to receive their M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering occurred in Spring 1995 and the first graduate student to receive their Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering occurred in the Summer of 1995. It should be noted that the last graduate with an M.S. in Electrical Engineering occurred in Fall 2001 and the last graduate with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering occurred in Spring 2002.

The undergraduate program history is a little different.  Up until the fall of 1983, the only undergraduate degree in the department was a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Electrical Engineering.  In the fall of 1983, the first student graduated with a B.S. in Computer Engineering.  By the early 1980's, the computer engineering curriculum was rich enough to justify students receiving a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering.

After two decades, the distinction between Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at the undergraduate level is becoming less important.  Consequently, undergraduate students entering the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department during or after the fall 2009 semester will receive their Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

 

Updated date: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 13:02