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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree: BS

Campus: Columbus

College: Engineering

Electrical engineers find innovative ways to use electricity, electronic materials and electrical phenomena to improve people’s lives. Computer engineers design computer systems, both hardware and software, to create new technology and meet new societal needs.

The field of electrical engineering encompasses a very broad spectrum of technical areas, including computers and digital systems, electronics and integrated circuits, communications, systems and control, electromagnetics and electro-optics, energy conversion and power distribution, robotics, signal processing, solid state electronics, and photonics.

The field of computer engineering covers a wide range of topics including computer architecture, operating systems, communications, computer networks, robotics, artificial intelligence, supercomputers, computer-aided design and neural nets. 

Electrical engineers and computer engineers work at the frontier of high technology and are involved in research, the creation of new ideas, and the design and development of new products, manufacturing, and marketing activities. 

Students interested in computing careers may pursue either electrical and computer engineering or computer science and engineering (CSE). These programs are not interchangeable—students should examine the curricular requirements for each major to determine which one meets their interests.

Upon admission to the university, students may directly enroll as pre-engineering students; however, selection is competitive. Factors used to determine eligibility to directly enroll include ACT/SAT scores (emphasis on math), strong college prep curriculum (emphasis on math, science and rigorous courses), and class rank or GPA. The middle 50 pecent of directly enrolled pre-majors for autumn 2014 had an ACT score range of 28–32 and 96 percent were in the top 25 pecent of their high school classes.

Students not eligible to directly enroll in engineering may enroll in Science, Technology and Environment Exploration (see exploration.osu.edu).

Acceptance to the major is based on the following:

  • Cumulative point-hour ratio (CPHR)—calculated from all courses taken at Ohio State for a grade
  • Completion of pre-major courses—Engineering 1181 and 1182, Math 1151 and 1172, Chemistry 1250, CSE 1222, and Physics 1250 and 1251 
  • Eligibility grade point average (EGPA)—calculated from pre-major courses

All students with a CPHR of a 3.2 or better are admitted into the major. Students with a CPHR of less than 3.2 but at least a 2.0 must have an EGPA of a 2.7 or better to be admitted into the major. 

All students completing the electrical and computer engineering major will earn the Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (BSECE) degree. For each program, the required credit hours (104) and the General Education requirements (24 credit hours) combine for a total of 128 credit hours required for graduation.

Electrical engineering requirements (and credit hours)

  • Chemistry: one course (4) 
  • Physics: two courses (10) 
  • Mathematics and statistics: five courses (19) 
  • Computer programming: one course (3)
  • Electrical and computer engineering: 14 courses (33)
  • Engineering: three courses (5)
  • Industrial and systems engineering: one course (2) 
  • Electives: 28 hours

Computer engineering requirements (and credit hours):

  • Chemistry: one course (4)
  • Physics: two courses (10)
  • Mathematics and statistics: five courses (19)
  • Computer programming: one course (3)
  • Electrical and computer engineering: 13 courses (28)
  • Computer sciences and engineering: five courses (16)
  • Engineering: three courses (5)
  • Industrial and systems engineering: one course (2)
  • Electives: 17 hours

ECE graduates are heavily recruited by employers including computer, aerospace and automotive companies, telephone and electric utilities, electronics manufacturers, and government agencies. Electrical and computer engineers have also become entrepreneurs, applying their training to new areas of service.

The average beginning annual salary for ECE graduates is approximately $61,500.

Find student outcomes supporting our educational objectives at go.osu.edu/ece_outcomes.

Electrical engineering

  • Graduates apply electrical engineering principles to solve engineering problems and address evolving technological challenges based on a solid foundation in circuits, systems, electromagnetics and devices.
  • Graduates apply modern electrical engineering techniques, tools and practices to create and apply technologies to meet the needs of society.
  • Graduates engage in life-long learning.
  • Graduates are effective engineers in the workplace, attend graduate or professional school, or otherwise use the foundations of their technical education to progress in their career.

Computer engineering

  • Graduates apply computer engineering principles to solve engineering problems and address evolving technological challenges based on a solid foundation in circuits, systems, and computer hardware and software.
  • Graduates apply modern computer engineering techniques, tools and practices to create and apply technologies to meet the needs of society.
  • Graduates engage in life-long learning.
  • Graduates are effective engineers in the workplace, attend graduate or professional school, or otherwise use the foundations of their technical education to progress in their career.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
205 Dreese Labs

2015 Neil Ave.

Columbus, OH 43210

614-292-2572

eceadvisor@ece.osu.edu 

ece.osu.edu

Ohio State’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, abet.org.

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