The Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers two degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCmpE). Electrical Engineering (EE) and Computer Engineering (CmpE) are closely related fields that deal with different aspects of electronics and technology. While they share some similarities, they differ in their focuses and career paths. EE is concerned with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. It deals with the generation, transmission, and utilization of electrical power. CmpE focuses on designing and developing computer systems, hardware, and software.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Exploring Careers in Electrical and Computer Engineering
A degree in Electrical Engineering is your ticket to a career that shapes the future and revolutionizes how we live, work, and communicate. Imagine being at the forefront of providing sustainable energy solutions to power cities, homes, and industries. If self-driving cars, drones, and smart appliances intrigue you, with an EE degree, you can help redefine how we interact with technology in our daily lives. Electrical Engineers also contribute significantly to space exploration by designing instruments for satellites, spacecraft, and even rovers on distant planets. If you’ve dreamed of combining your passion for technology with your desire to improve healthcare, electrical engineers collaborate with medical professionals to develop life-saving devices such as pacemakers, imaging equipment, and prosthetics.
A degree in Computer Engineering (CmpE) also offers an exciting array of career paths that cater to your interests, strengths, and aspirations. Imagine creating apps that revolutionize communication, video games that transport players to new dimensions, or software that powers self-driving cars. From designing the next generation of smartphones to building robust computing systems, the expertise gained with your CmpE degree will bring hardware to life. Computer Engineers also create the tiny yet powerful systems that drive devices like smartwatches, home automation systems, and medical equipment. Your knowledge will also empower you to thwart cyberattacks, secure networks, and stay one step ahead of cybercriminals, making the digital world a safer place for everyone.
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ECE Student from Seattle says life at Purdue blends academic rigor, social life and discovery
What brings a West Coaster like Brynne Hunt to a university in the heart of the Midwest for her undergrad years? She has one answer for that.
“I’m the direct byproduct of STEM community outreach,” she says, laughing.
When Brynne was growing up in Seattle in the early 2000s, the city was beginning what would become a staggering tech boom. One of the outcomes? The major tech and aerospace companies offered significant community outreach, especially to young women. And Brynne caught the bug.
In particular, she loved space, and the programs that helped cultivate that interest empowered her to see herself as an engineer someday. And when she was old enough, Brynne was given the opportunity to attend an aerospace-themed high school — which, of course, she took full advantage of.
Her schoolwork led to internships and networking throughout high school, helping narrow her interest to rockets. And when it came to discussing college plans with those members of the tech community, no matter who she asked, the answer always came up looking gold and black. “Rockets?” they would say; “Go to Purdue University!”
She heard it over and over.