ECE Program Description

Purdue Calumet students have the option of a traditional Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) or a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCmpE). The first three semesters are the same for both programs, as are many of the upper-level courses. The BSEE covers a broad range of electrical topics, while the BSCmpE focuses on a combination of software and hardware aspects. Both programs include a substantial hands-on laboratory component.

Reasons to Study Engineering at Purdue Calumet

  • Engineering classes are small and are taught by faculty members dedicated to teaching or adjunct faculty who have many years of experience.
  • Most faculty members also engage in research, consulting, or other professional activities, and participate in professional engineering societies.
  • The state of the art laboratory facilities provide a mechanism for students to gain hands-on experience that will aid their understanding of the engineering and scientific theories taught in the lectures.
  • Courses are provided both days and evenings on a publicized schedule to meet the needs of both full-time and part-time students.
  • Incoming students are assigned to an advisor familiar with the problems and special needs of new students.
  • After choosing a major the student receives an experienced engineering faculty advisor.
  • The program prepares graduates for life and for the engineering profession.
  • A capstone, one-year project for all seniors provides the opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams to pursue an engineering idea from conception to design, fabrication, and testing. The senior projects provide a transition from university study to the real world of engineering work.
  • A professional experience program is available that provides students the opportunity to work in the engineering profession while obtaining their degree, and to earn money to pay for their education. The work experience makes the education more meaningful, and makes the students more attractive to employers when they graduate.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of both programs are to provide each graduate with:

  • Engineering Competence - Graduates are competent and engaged professionals in their field
  • Continuous Learning - Graduates continue developing professionally
  • Professional Skills - Graduates demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills and are contributors in their profession
  • Societal Skills - Graduates recognize the societal, ethical, and global impacts of their work

The flexibility of the engineering program allows students interested in other engineering disciplines not offered at Purdue University Calumet, such as aerospace, chemical, etc. to complete one to two years of study for transfer to another university. The Interdisciplinary Engineering Option allows student to design their own programs to meet their career needs; it provides excellent preparation for a career in law or medicine.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering suggested plan of study (PDF 20kb)

Computer Engineering Electives

Computer Engineering Electives by Interest Area

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering suggested plan of study (PDF 125KB)

Electrical Engineering Electives

Electrical Engineering Electives by Interest Area

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Minors in Mechatronics and Power/Energy Systems (PDF 38kb)

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering Option

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Requirements common to both the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering programs:

1. English and Communication (9 credits)
Course Number Course Name
ENGL 104 English Composition I
COM 114 Fundamentals of Speech
COM/ ENGL 307 Written and Oral Communication for Engineers
2. Science and Mathematics (32 credits)
Course Number Course Name
CHM 115 General Chemistry
PHYS 152 Mechanics
PHYS 261 Heat, Electricity, and Optics
MA 163 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
MA 164 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
MA 261 Multivariate Calculus
MA 264 Differential Equations
MA 265 Linear Algebra

3. Humanities and Social Sciences (9 credits)

PHIL: Ethics for Engineers

The balance (6 credits) is selected by the student and advisor to give the student an opportunity to explore areas within the humanities and social sciences.

Subject areas not acceptable are skills courses such as writing and speaking, accounting, industrial management, personal finance, ROTC, and personnel administration. Language courses are acceptable only as part of a six credit sequence. Credit is not allowed for a student’s native language.

4. General Engineering (12 credits)
Course Number Course Name
ENGR 151 Software Tools for Engineers
ECE 152 Programming for Engineers
ENGR 186 Engineering Freshman Seminar
ENGR 190 Elementary Engineering Design
ECE 312 Engineering Project Management
5. Electrical and Computer Engineering (33 credits)
Course Number Course Name
ECE 201 Linear Circuit Analysis I
ECE 202 Linear Circuit Analysis II
ECE 207 Electronic Measurement Techniques
ECE 233 Microcomputers in Engineering
ECE 275 Analog and Digital Electronics
ECE 301 Signals and Systems
ECE 302 Probabilistic Methods in Electrical Engineering
ECE 311 Electric and Magnetic Fields
ECE 370 Digital Systems – Logic Design
ECE 429 Senior Engineering Design I
ECE 439 Senior Engineering Design II

6. Technical Elective (3 credits)

One course in Engineering, Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, or Management approved by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

In addition to the above requirements, each program has its own required courses as listed below.

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Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (124 credits) EAC/ABET Accredited

Requirements common for both programs plus:

1. Electrical and Computer Engineering (11 credits)
Course Number Course Name
ECE 335 Electronics-Systems
ECE 384 Linear Control Systems
ECE 448 Introduction to Communication Theory
2. Electrical and Computer Engineering Electives (9 credits)
Three courses from a list approved by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.
3. Engineering Elective (3 credits)
One engineering course approved by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.
4. Engineering/Science Elective (3 credits)
One engineering or science course at the 300 level or above approved by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

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Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (123 credits)
EAC/ABET Accredited

Requirements common for both programs plus:

1. Electrical and Computer Engineering (10 credits)
Course Number Course Name
ECE 251 Object Oriented Programming
ECE 371 Microprocessor Systems
ECE 448 Intro to Communication Theory
2. Computer Science (6 credits)
Course Number Course Name
CS 275 Data Structures
CS 309 Discrete Mathematical Structures

3. Computer Engineering Electives (9 credits)

Three courses from a list approved by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

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Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering Option (129 credits)

The interdisciplinary engineering option provides an opportunity for students whose interests and talents, while oriented toward engineering and science, do not coincide with the plans of study of the traditional engineering disciplines and who do not need an ABET-accredited degree. It provides an excellent undergraduate foundation for graduate school in non-engineering fields such as management, medicine, and law, or to begin careers that may lead to administrative or management positions in technological, engineering, or manufacturing operations. The program also prepares students for careers in large non-technological organizations such as financial institutions, which may require skills generally associated with both engineering and business.

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