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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Brent Nelson, Chair
459 CB, (801) 422-4012

Janalyn Mergist, Undergraduate Major Advisor
459 CB (801) 422-4012

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology Advisement Center
242 CB, (801) 422-4325

Admission to Degree Program

The degree programs in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are open enrollment.

The Discipline

Electrical and Computer Engineering is one of the most exciting, diverse, and forward-looking disciplines offered at the university. Contemporary society is in the midst of an information revolution, created in large part from the fruits of electrical and computer engineering. Electrical and computer engineers have been primary contributors to the astonishing developments in communication, computer, and network technology. They have designed devices and systems that have a significant impact on manufacturing, medicine, transportation, and environmental monitoring. Smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, high definition television, solar power, microprocessors, lasers, unmanned air vehicles, medical imaging systems, and autonomous robotic systems are all examples of devices and systems designed by electrical and computer engineers. Innovations that flow out of electrical and computer engineering sustain the national economy and improve the quality of life for people throughout the world. In the future, society will look to electrical and computer engineers to address grand challenges ranging from sustainable and efficient energy to health care technologies and global communications networks.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Brigham Young University offers accredited degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. Electrical Engineering focuses on microelectronics, electromagnetics, electronic circuits, wireless communications, signal processing, biomedical applications, photonics, and controls. Computer Engineering focuses on the design of digital computing devices and systems and involves hardware and software, operating systems, digital logic, real-time systems, and computer vision. Both programs combine fundamental principles with hands-on learning, including an innovative Junior Core experience that integrates classroom knowledge with project-based learning.

Career Opportunities

Electrical and computer engineers are among the most actively recruited students graduating from a four-year program. Baccalaureate engineers typically start their careers as members of project teams with one or more of the following responsibilities: designing digital, analog, or opto-electronic circuits; creating or testing application-specific software; testing components or systems; or providing technical support for sales. Later on, many engineers find themselves pursuing managerial careers, starting their own companies, or even managing entrepreneurial funds. Top graduates are also well received by medical schools, law schools, and professional and management programs.

The BS curriculum for both the electrical engineering and computer engineering degrees is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET).

Graduation Requirements

To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:

  • The university core, consisting of requirements in general and religious education. (See University Core for details. For a complete listing of courses that meet university core requirements, see the current class schedule.)
  • At least 30 credit hours must be earned in residence on the BYU campus in Provo as an admitted day student
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • Be in good standing with the Honor Code Office

Undergraduate Programs and Degrees

Students should see their college advisement center for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.

Graduate Programs and Degrees

    MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

General Information

Students are strongly encouraged to seek advisement early in their studies to ensure effective course scheduling. Contact the college advisement center (264 CB) or the department (459 CB). Students should enroll in EC En 191 in their first year of study at BYU.

In both undergraduate degree programs offered in the department, students are required to pass prerequisite courses in the major with a grade of C– or better before taking follow-on courses.

Professional Registration. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department provides the option for graduates to become registered professional engineers. General qualifications for becoming registered are explained in the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology section of this catalog. This status is vital to engineering practice in the public sector and to much consulting work. The basic electrical and computer engineering program outlined in this department prepares graduates to successfully complete the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination. Students who wish to become registered as professional engineers are advised to discuss this matter with an advisor from the department soon after admission to the professional program.

Program Educational Objectives. The BYU Electrical and Computer Engineering programs prepare graduates to:

    1. Apply knowledge in service to community and family and engage in lifelong learning through personal study and continuing education.

    2. Develop a fulfilling profession which may include employment in industry or academia, technology-based entrepreneurship, and postgraduate study in engineering or other disciplines.

    3. Make innovative contributions to science and technology and serve in responsible positions of leadership.

    4. Be examples of faith, character, and high professional ethics.