Today’s electrical and computer engineers have a powerful role in creating social good, delivering innovations for a better future. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) offers two bachelor’s degrees: Electrical Engineering and Computer Systems Engineering. We also offer certificates in biomedical instrumentation and the security of cyber-physical systems. Non-majors can earn a minor in Electrical Engineering.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Engineering (BS CSE)
The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering is launching a new undergraduate degree this fall — a bachelor of science in computer systems engineering. This new degree has been developed in response to industry demand for engineers capable of integrating software and hardware solutions to produce a stable system. An important thread in this new program is the security of cyber-physical systems, which will prepare students with an awareness of security issues in their field.
This degree will be a pathway for students to learn and apply engineering and computer science principles beyond the constraints of a traditional, single discipline-focused degree program. For instance, a graduate from this program will be able to work efficiently in an automation environment where the proposed Computer Systems Engineering degree has provided the electrical engineering background/principles for overall systems design, with the ability to use programming to automate systems and to understand how cyber hacking can impact the daily function of the systems. The quantitative, problem-solving skill set that comes with a systems engineering background will also provide a unique perspective and competitive edge for students seeking advanced degrees or industry certifications within their professional field of interest.
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BS EE)
The bachelor of science in electrical engineering (BS EE) from Boise State University provides students with a rigorous foundation in physics, mathematics, and computing. Core courses in electronics and digital systems orient students to the major and begin to build each student’s skills in problem analysis and design of experiments. The program concludes with a year-long design experience in which students carry out a team project with industry sponsors.
Our curriculum emphasizes basic theory to ensure students gain a solid technical foundation, and then build students’ skills through practical experience. Electives (18 credit hours) allow students to fully explore the major and try different specialty areas, such as power engineering, semiconductors, or security of cyber-physical systems. As a result, every student in the department has an opportunity to map out a unique program suited to her/his background, interests, and goals.
Adding the STEM Education Emphasis
Want to make a difference in your community? Get cutting-edge knowledge in your field? And build valuable teaching skills? Consider the IDoTeach program. IDoTeach is an innovative secondary STEM teacher preparation program at Boise State University, offering talented STEM majors the opportunity to pursue teaching certification while earning a bachelor’s degree. A transcript and captions are available for the following video.
Earn a BS EE degree and graduate ready to teach by making these adjustments to your four-year plan:
- Take STEM-ED 220 Philosophical Perspectives on Science and Mathematics instead of a humanities elective
- Complete ED-CIFS 201 Education, Schooling, and Society instead of a social science elective
- Take STEM-ED 350 Research Methods and STEM-ED 410 Project-Based Instruction in place of technical electives
- Enroll in 12 additional credits:
- STEM-ED 101 Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
- STEM-ED 102 Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
- STEM-ED 210 Knowing & Learning in Mathematics & Science
- STEM-ED 310 Classroom Interactions
- STEM-ED 480 Apprentice Teaching
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers a minor in Electrical Engineering, a perfect fit for many science and engineering majors. The minor requires six (6) courses plus accompanying labs. This minor can be earned with little additional coursework for Material Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics or Computer Science majors if planned in advance.
For example, a BS in Computer Science already requires students to take two ECE courses and associated labs, ECE 230 Digital Systems and ECE 330 Microprocessors, which can be counted towards the ECE minor. A CS major would then need to take just four ECE courses in order to earn an ECE minor.