Prospective Undergraduate Students

Imagine a world without smartphones, computers, or the internet – it's hard to picture, right? Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is the backbone of all these amazing inventions that have become part of our daily lives. ECE is about making technology more innovative, efficient, and powerful. So, if you're curious about how things work and are excited about the future of technology, ECE is the perfect field for you!

The highly-ranked programs of the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering focus on where the physical meets the virtual and give you the knowledge and confidence to engineer your next giant leap!

Exploring Careers in Electrical and Computer Engineering

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.

Electrical 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.

Computer Engineering

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.

Purdue engineers have an interest in changing the world, making an impact in their communities, and doing meaningful work. Strong leadership characteristics, ingenuity, adaptability, critical thinking, problem solving skills, and technical proficiency are among the main competencies that our students gain. Purdue engineering is dedicated to helping students attain the skills and attributes needed to succeed in this rapidly-changing global economy.

Experiential Learning and Research

Picture yourself conducting captivating experiments, designing innovative projects, and exploring uncharted territories alongside faculty and classmates. That’s where Experiential Learning and Research (ELR) comes in. It's learning that goes beyond textbooks. Both hands-on and team experience are available, as well as opportunities to gain additional skills that are advantageous in the workplace or graduate school. You'll brainstorm, problem-solve, and create, acquiring a taste of what it truly means to thrive in a team-driven environment. These teamwork skills will undoubtedly shine on your resume and serve you well in any career you choose.

Purdue ECE also offers courses that allow students to partner with faculty to engage in research for credit. Participation in undergraduate research is especially recommended for students considering pursuing a graduate degree.


Imagine getting paid to learn and gaining hands-on industrial experience that propels your engineering career. Our Cooperative Education program enables you to dive into the world of innovation and problem-solving, all while earning your degree.

Internships bridge the gap between theory and practice, providing a solid base for your professional journey. Picture yourself putting classroom theories to the test in real-world projects alongside industry experts. Beyond the experience, internships set you up as a prime candidate for job opportunities post-graduation.

Are you dreaming of studying abroad? Well, pack your bags and take your engineering education abroad! Purdue ECE students participate in a variety of international academic journeys, where culture and innovation combine. These experiences can vary in length from a few days to as much as a full academic year.


From earning your Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in five years to the many student organizations that help build your skills and your resume, there are a lot of ways to add to your experience in Purdue ECE.

Office of Future Engineers

Take your next giant leap into Purdue's undergraduate engineering programs!

Coming Fall 2024, Electrical and Computer Engineering through a new, fully integrated extension of our flagship campus bringing the academic rigor and accessible excellence to central Indiana.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Future Engineers.

Contact the ECE Undergraduate Office

MSEE Building, Room 140
501 Northwestern Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2035
Phone: (765) 494-3390
Fax: (765) 494-3393

Undergraduate Office Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM