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Electrical and Computer Engineering

About the Department

Ohio State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering enjoys an excellent academic and research reputation among peer programs, industry and government research facilities.

Students receiving the electrical and computer engineering degree may choose programs in either electrical engineering or computer engineering. Electrical engineering covers the analysis and design of electrical systems and includes the areas of circuits, electronics, antennas, power systems, communications and computers. Computer engineering students begin with electrical engineering fundamentals and go on to specialize in a balanced program of computer hardware and software to design and interface practical computer systems.

Careers in Electrical and Computer Engineering

As technology expands, the demand for electrical and computer engineers continues to increase. Graduates in ECE face a bright and challenging future, with positions to be found in research, design and development, manufacturing, marketing, management, and other areas.

ECE graduates are heavily recruited by companies for positions throughout the world. These include computer, aerospace, automotive, telephone and electric utilities, electronics manufacturers, and other industries. Positions are also available in many government agencies.

An ECE degree is also a good background for pre-medicine and for careers in business or law. Electrical and computer engineers have become entrepreneurs, applying their training to new areas of service.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Combined BS/MS program in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering


The research opportunities for undergraduate ECE students are diverse and challenging. Under the direction of a faculty member, students work on a research problem that may involve laboratory work, computer programming, data analysis, and literature searching. Research projects prepare students for future graduate studies and/or the corporate world in ways regular curriculum alone cannot achieve.