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Undergraduate Studies

A degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Northeastern sets you apart from the crowd.

As an experiential research university in the heart of Boston, Northeastern has integrated hands-on experiences and learning into the curriculum since our founding in 1898. We’ve known for over a century what other universities are starting to catch onto: the best way to study engineering is to learn it both inside and outside the classroom.

You will learn to solve complex, open-ended problems methodically and efficiently. With a degree in ECE, you will develop the skills to break up challenges into solvable sub-problems and to formulate solutions that meet required constraints. Through research opportunities, cooperative learning, service learning, or study abroad, you will have the opportunity to apply what you've learned in classes taught by world-class faculty and apply them in real life. A degree in ECE from Northeastern will provide you with the tools for success regardless of your career path after graduation.

Our co-op program places you in up to three 6-month positions of your choosing, both in technical area and in company profile. From large scale multinational engineering corporations to cutting-edge start-up companies in neighboring Cambridge, our co-op employers value the technical and leadership skills that Northeastern ECE students bring to their assignments. Ninety-two percent of our students participate in the co-op program, and nearly all of these students receive job offers from their co-op employers upon graduation.

ECE is the most general purpose undergraduate degree in engineering that you can earn, preparing you for careers options as diverse as medicine, law, business, graduate study in engineering, or even as an electrical or computer engineer. Our discipline has three technical foundations: physics (encompassing circuits, semiconductor devices, and optical systems), computers (including microprocessors and computing devices), and Math (dealing with information, networks, and systems).

Within these three broad areas, over 65 ECE and affiliated faculty perform world-class research ranging designing nano-scale antennas and next-generation secure computer systems to modeling the human visual system. These same faculty are dedicated to undergraduate teaching, and you will experience personalized instruction in small classes with integrated laboratories.

Visit us to learn more about your future as an ECE at Northeastern!

Major & Minors

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers the following Bachelor of Science degree programs:

The following are offered as a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science

In addition, minors in electrical engineering, computer engineering, biomedical engineering, and computational data analytics are available to qualified students throughout the University, including majors within the department. 

Objectives

Successful engineers need to organize and adapt information to solve problems. They also must work effectively in teams and communicate well. The electrical engineering and computer engineering programs develop these skills and provide the appropriate technical background for a successful career. The objectives of the Bachelor of Science programs are that every student will develop and be able to apply in an engineering context:

  1. Mathematical, scientific, computational, and experiential knowledge and skills
  2. The technical skills necessary for engineering practice
  3. The communications and interpersonal skills necessary as engineering professionals
  4. A personal and professional ethic appropriate to the practice of engineering
  5. An awareness of the social, cultural, and historical context of engineering solutions.