Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western Michigan University offers a four-year program leading to a bachelor of science in engineering degree in computer engineering and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. These programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The programs are designed primarily for students interested in the analysis, design and application of electronic digital computers and systems. The programs cover the architecture and physical construction (hardware) of digital computers, as well as important programming (software) aspects of digital computers and systems. Courses in mathematics, physics, electrical engineering and computer science give you the background necessary to solve both the hardware and software problems you'll encounter in designing and applying digital computers and systems. Because all engineers must consider non-technical as well as technical factors in the design process, the programs include courses in the humanities, social sciences and communication. Design courses in your senior year cap off your studies and give you a practical, integrated experience in engineering design.

Bachelor of science in computer engineering

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Career options

Engineering provides excellent preparation for either a technical or a management career. Like graduates of other branches of engineering, electrical and computer engineers are involved in many kinds of work, including construction, consulting, design, development, manufacturing, planning, research, sales, service and teaching.

Some of the fields that computer engineers are involved in are:

  • Automation, or computer control of machining, assembly or other manufacturing processes
  • Computer-aided design systems, in which a part of the design process is carried out by computer
  • Speech and pattern recognition
  • Data communication between computers
  • Computer peripherals, such as sensors, terminals, displays, printers, readers and other input-output devices
  • Microcomputers and their applications

Some of the fields that electrical engineers are involved in are:

  • Electronics, as in the design of integrated circuits or their applications in medicine, science or industry
  • Control systems, such as those used in aircraft, missiles, spacecraft or robots
  • Instrumentation, as in remote measurements from satellites or spacecraft
  • Power systems for generating and distributing electrical energy
  • Communications systems, including telephone, radio and television

Cooperative education

A cooperative education program is available if you wish to combine your education with industrial experience. After you complete your third semester of study, you can alternate between studying on campus and working in industry every other semester. Positions are available in a broad range of industries in manufacturing, product development and quality control.

Special opportunities

Electrical and computer engineering students have an opportunity to participate in the activities of WMU's student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Activities include regular meetings featuring guest speakers and technical films, field trips and social gatherings. Seminars are also sponsored by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering so students can hear professionals speak on current topics in electrical and computer engineering.

Facilities

Instructional facilities are well-equipped and include individual laboratories for circuits, electronics, electrical machines, digital logic and microcomputers. All parts of the engineering campus provide wireless internet connectivity and most laboratories provide access to high end computers and software. The computer-aided engineering center of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences also provides access to modern computer equipment and specialized software suites.

Preparation

A minimum of three and a half years of high school college-preparatory mathematics, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry is necessary to enter the calculus courses required in the program. However, WMU offers a variety of courses that will allow you to enter the mathematics sequence at virtually any level, although you may not be able to complete degree requirements within a four-year period. Courses in physics, chemistry, general science, English, writing and speaking are also recommended. If you plan to transfer from a two-year or four-year college, you're required to contact an academic advisor to determine your advanced standing. Transfer credit is granted for courses that satisfy WMU's requirements whenever a student can proceed in subsequent courses without difficulty.

Admission

Admission to WMU is processed by the Office of Admissions and Orientation, online applications are available at admissions. For admission requirements, consult the University's undergraduate catalog or contact the admissions and orientations office. Call (269) 387-2000 if you need assistance with applying to WMU.

Advising

You and your academic advisor will plan your program to take full advantage of your educational experience at WMU. Schedule an appointment with an advisor, or call (269) 276-3270.

Financial aid

Information about financial assistance, such as scholarships, opportunities, loans and grants is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships or by calling (269) 387-6000.