Electrical and Computer engineering encompasses all areas of research, development, design, and operation of electrical and electronic systems and their components, including software. Emphasis in such varied areas as bioengineering, circuit theory, communication sciences, computers and automata, control systems, electromagnetic fields, energy sources and systems, and materials and electronic devices is available. Two degree programs are offered by the School: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCmpE).
Our graduate programs are ranked amongst the best in the nation and offer a rigorous, cutting-edge, and intellectually- stimulating educational experience in an environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and student success. Students in our graduate degree programs have an opportunity to learn from and work alongside leading faculty members who are globally renowned for their excellence in research, teaching, and mentoring.
In addition to the hundreds of student organizations across campus, there are several student organizations that are targeted specifically toward students in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) has a rich history of research and education that dates back to 1888. Many landmark innovations in radiotelephony, television, and electric power were developed by Purdue faculty - innovations that have helped shape the modern world. In that same tradition of research excellence, our ECE faculty continues to pioneer new technical frontiers. With more than 80 of the nation's finest researchers, ECE faculty and students have published hundreds of papers during the year in top quality journals and conference proceedings.
All ECE undergraduate courses have Learning Objectives which are mapped to the Student Outcomes [1-7] of the BSEE and BSCmpE degree programs. NOTE: "Counts as:" attributes are for the Fall 2019 catalog term and forward (except for ECE 20100, 20200, 20700, 20800, and 25500), although there are minimal differences for earlier catalog terms. Please consult your academic advisor for catalog terms prior to Fall 2019.
Facts and Figures
Our top-ranked programs, offered by more than 100 world-class faculty members serve over 1,500 undergraduate (sophomores through seniors) and over 800 graduate on-campus and online students. Our computing and laboratory facilities are outstanding. Most of our activities are housed in what we call the ‘ECE Triangle,’ comprising of three buildings: the Electrical Engineering Building (EE), the Materials and Electrical Engineering Building (MSEE), and Wang Hall. Faculty who work in experimental microelectronics and nanotechnology are based in the Birck Nanotechnology Center which is home to a 25,000 sq. ft. class 1-10-100 nanofabrication cleanroom (Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory).