Bachelor of Science In Electrical & Computer Engineering

To the layperson, electrical engineering means creating power for homes and businesses and computer engineering means computer chips. That doesn't begin to describe the impact electrical and computer engineers have on our lives. From AI to cybersecurity to renewable energy, this field pushes all the boundaries and opens up endless career possibilities.

Build and Power the Systems That Change Lives for the Better.

Electrical engineering and computer engineering have much in common. Computer engineering grew out of electrical engineering and is, in fact, a sub-discipline of it. The two disciplines share many fundamentals, including computer programming, electronic circuits, digital design, and robotics.

Apart from each other, they stand proudly on their own. Electrical engineers are experts in the transmission, conversion, and generation of electric energy and in communication and signal processing. Computer engineers are known as the hardware warriors —they design and build computers and components and bring computer science into the mix by developing and integrating the software that that makes them work.

Bring the two disciplines together and you unite the power behind the “brains,” opening up myriad ways in which to make the world a safer, healthier, cleaner, more efficient place in which to live. A whole new set of career opportunities opens up as well. It’s one degree with unlimited possibilities.

Students will be able to enroll in this exciting new program beginning with the Spring 2022 semester.

A Multidisciplinary Degree Whose Time Has Come

Because the degree pulls in multiple disciplines — electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, and cybersecurity (for those who choose that concentration) — you will be able to problem solve and pioneer, envision and invent beyond the boundaries that engineers in the past were limited to with their narrower focus.

You will enter a rapidly changing work force that requires knowledge of analog circuits, digital systems, embedded systems, signal processing, and computer programming, and you’ll be qualified in multiple areas. Your possible job titles? Here is just a sample:

  • Electrical Designer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Embedded Systems Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Signal Integrity Engineer
  • Firmware Engineer
  • DevOp Lead
  • Web Application Developer

How are such professionals changing the world? With expertise fired by imagination. Here are just some examples of the trail-blazing work taking place:

  • Using cutting-edge sensors, satellites and drones to protected endangered wildlife
  • Improving early cancer detection with ultra-sensitive cameras
  • Creating unhackable power to thwart cyber attacks
  • Researching implantable electrical devices that stimulate areas of the nervous system to relieve symptoms of neurological disorders such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Using technology and algorithms to keep the power on during hurricanes

Since the 21st century engineer must also be able to communicate such innovative ideas to other engineers and to the public, our program helps you gain the written and oral communications skills that will capture your audience’s attention and imagination.

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The Design Experience Is Wired into the Program

A rigorous laboratory course sequence gives you the hands-on experience that prepares you for the professional world and ensures that you are ready to make a meaningful contribution from day one on the job.

Through this high-impact practical learning experience, you will:

  • Develop the ability to analyze appropriate models
  • Conduct empirical tests and interpret them
  • Gather relevant information
  • Develop appropriate models and alternative solutions
  • Formulate problems
  • Synthesize

You will start with a well-structured laboratory experiment in your sophomore year and progress to an open-ended design project in your senior year.

You will also have the opportunity (relatively rare for undergraduate engineering students) to engage in faculty-mentored research in the areas of human-computer interaction, nanotechnology, wireless communication, wireless networking, smart grid, and cybersecurity.

The Heavy-Duty Internship That Will Add Power to your Résumé

A 200-hour (minimum) internship is a requirement for graduation and students undertake this experience after completing 60 credits toward the B.S. There are several ways to fulfill the internship requirement — co-op positions, summer employment, and part-time or full-time positions that are approved by the employer and the department/internship coordinator.

As with the hands-on laboratory experience, there simply is no substitute for the rugged professionalism that a relevant, challenging internship will develop in you.

The Cybersecurity Concentration: For the Field That Needs All Hands on Deck

The field of cybersecurity is growing so fast that it has created 3.5 million jobs that are unfilled. This field is no longer about just keeping internet data safe. We’re talking about protecting the power grid from attack as well as other critical hot spots that have to do with national security.

We are one of the first in the nation to integrate cybersecurity into an electrical and computer engineering program.

In fact, so closely allied are the fields of electrical and computer engineering, cybersecurity and networks, computer science, and data science, and so critical is knowledge in these areas to all fields today, that we established an institute for it — the Connecticut Institute of Technology, to foster collaboration and interdisciplinary research across the University. This on-campus technology hub makes the University of New Haven a destination in the northeast region for technology education and research between the crowded urban areas of New York and Massachusetts.

4 + 1 Degree Programs: Your Bachelors and Master’s in 5 Years

For those who want to jump into the field with a graduate degree already in hand, we offer several accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs, which will provide you with direct entry into a graduate program:

  • B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering/ M.S. in Electrical Engineering
  • B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering/M.S. in Biomedical Engineering
  • B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering/M.S. in Computer Science
  • B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering/M.S. in Data Science

In the not-too-distant future, we will also offer a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering with an M.S. in Cybersecurity.

These dual-degree programs will not only give your career a stronger jumpstart, but will also save the extra year’s tuition connected with traditional graduate programs.

The Organizations That Will Make You a Joiner

You will further enhance your professional development by joining with like-minded people who share your passion for engineering and dedicate themselves to finding solutions that help people. The University offers a number of society chapters and clubs for engineering students:

  • IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) — the Honor Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE)
  • Engineers Without Borders, which supports community-driven programs through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects
  • The Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • The Robotics Club
  • The Programming Club
  • The Hacking Club
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Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

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Envision Your Future

The information below is designed to show the many possible careers you could pursue with your major. The research is provided by Encoura, the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. It includes median national salaries and industry growth projections over the next decade. Click here to view the full report.

$101K

Solutions Engineer

10% Growth 2017-2027

$100K

Software Engineer

18% Growth 2017-2027

$92K

Security Engineer

17% Growth 2017-2027

Selected Courses and Programs
  • Digital Systems: Hardware Programming

    This course looks at how an engineer will employ modern tools to create large-scale computer chips through the use of hardware programming languages. By employing field programmable gate arrays (FPGA), you will learn how to create custom computer chips using the register transfer logic design style and the application of registers, memory, math units, and state machines. You will be creating computer chips that are in the range of 10,000s of transistor in size.

  • Embedded Systems: Microcontrollers

    This course provides an introduction to embedded systems, with a design focus on microcontroller programming. Topics include instruction processing, memory organization, addressing modes, and more, with integrated laboratory activity.

  • Power Systems

    In this course, you will learn about the changing landscape of electric energy sources, including renewable energy and distributed generation. Topics include AC transmission lines, power quality and power factor, synchronous generators, automatic generation control, and ways to prevent voltage collapse.

  • Digital Signal Processing

    In this course, students will study sampling and reconstruction of continuous-time signals from samples and will engage in spectral analysis of signals using the discrete Fourier transform.

  • Capstone Design

    This is a continuation of the first-semester, senior-year capstone design course to meet end goals. The student will present work in a formal report and at the college capstone design expo.


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All University of New Haven students have access to the many resources available through the University’s Career Development Center, which has been named one of the best in the nation by The Princeton Review.

From career assessments, networking, and job shadowing to on-campus interviews and salary negotiation, the Career Development Center provides the skills and connections to identify a meaningful career and an opportunity to pursue your passion.

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Accreditation & Awards
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ABET Accreditation

Our bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. https://www.abet.org/

Electrical Engineering Program Objectives and Outcomes

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Our bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Computer Engineering Program Objectives and Outcomes

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Enrollment and Graduation Data for the Tagliatela College of Engineering

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U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges - Engineering Programs

The University’s Tagliatela College of Engineering is again rated in the top third in its category (institutions that do not offer a doctorate in engineering).

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Next Steps
  • Admission Requirements

    Whether you're still in high school or are transferring from another college, we offer full- and part-time opportunities for undergraduates from inside the U.S. and abroad. The admission process can begin as early as the end of your high school junior year.

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  • Financial Aid Opportunities

    We offer a comprehensive financial aid program, with students receiving assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, and part-time employment. Funds are available from federal and state governments, private sponsors, and from university resources. More than 85 percent of the University's full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

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Licensure and Certification Information

In the University’s B.S. Electrical & Computer Engineering program students can start the path towards becoming a Professional Engineer (PE).

  • Our curriculum meets the educational requirements for PE licensure in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WV, WI, and WY.

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