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Bachelor of Science

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Program Highlights

Faculty: Learn from world-class faculty who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research

Hands-On: Practice what you learn using state of the art equipment and through hands-on laboratories and projects

Design: Solve real-world problems through a year-long capstone design experience with engineering projects sponsored by companies and community organizations

Community: Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen engineering students in the Living-Learning Community

Experience: Access internship and job opportunities near campus at government agencies and companies like General Electric, IBM, Global Foundries

Network: Develop your professional network by joining student chapters of professional organizations including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Association for Computing Machinery

Visit the Undergraduate Bulletin for full program information and a description of ECE courses.

Engineering Students


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Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Option

For the combined BS/MS program, you may count up to 6 credit hours of graduate-level courses towards the ECE electives within the BS Electrical and Computer Engineering Program. These 6 credit hours will also be used to satisfy part of the depth, breadth, and/or technical elective requirements of the MS Electrical and Computer Engineering Program.

You may be admitted to the program after completing the fall of your junior year or after the successful completion of 75 credit hours of the BS ECE program. A GPA of 3.2 or higher and three supportive letters of recommendation from faculty are required. The admissions decision will strongly weigh your performance in mathematics and ECE courses which are strong predictors of success in graduate courses.


Career Outcomes

UAlbany's program of study encourages you to pursue a focus you are passionate about, giving you greater access to post-graduation opportunities that suit your skill set. With a sound understanding of both electrical and computer engineering, you will be qualified to pursue careers that work with multiple aspects of engineering.

Electrical engineers and computer engineers are in high demand and professionals with these unique skills typically enjoy high starting salaries compared with other majors. The median salary for computer hardware engineers in the U.S. is $115,120 and $97,970 for electrical and electronics engineers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Common positions for professionals with this degree include:

  • Computer engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Computer network architect
  • Computer hardware engineer
Hands-On Computer Engineering

"While ECE is by no means an easy major, the professors are some of the best people I've met and are always willing to help the students. Being such a small department, we've developed a community where it isn't uncommon to find people sitting around the ECE department helping each other with homework or talking to professors. It's really an amazing department to be a part of."

- Orsi Beke, Class of 2020

ABET Accreditation Status

The ECE department has initiated the ABET accreditation process and the program is designed with ABET accreditation requirements in mind. Once accredited, the accreditation would go retroactive for a maximum of two years.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Science

Program Educational Objectives 
Graduates of the Electrical and Computer Engineering program are expected to:

  • Succeed professionally, whether employed as an engineer, pursuing an advanced degree, or following another career path of their choosing;
  • Continue to learn and grow, both personally and professionally; and
  • Practice ethical behavior and social responsibility, striving to apply science in service to society.


Student Outcomes
The Student (Learning) Outcomes for the Electrical and Computer Engineering program are the ABET Criterion 3 (1) through (7):

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning.

What Makes The University at Albany Great

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Living-Learning Communities

Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.

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Study Abroad

Become a global citizen: international experience is crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy.

Undergraduate Research

Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.

Explore Minors

Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

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