Duke’s Department of Electrical and Computer engineering offers an ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in engineering emphasizing analytical thinking, problem solving, and technology, and each fosters the development of ethical leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. The Duke program provides more opportunities and is less restrictive than many other ECE programs in the United States. Students use this flexibility to expand their personal horizons or to explore a personal interest more deeply.
Students have the option to pursue five different areas of concentration, depending on personal interests. Each study track emphasizes the acquisition, processing, control, transmission, and application of information and energy by what are fundamentally electrical or electromagnetic means. All encompass high-level computer languages (software) that facilitate the convenient and efficient application of technology (hardware) to the solution of useful problems. They provide a firm foundation for future technical accomplishment and for effective problem solving in the diverse nominally non-technical fields that many of our graduates pursue.
Program Educational Objectives
Our goal is to graduate electrical and computer engineers who embody excellence in a broad sense. We expect our graduates to advance within industry positions or in graduate study, or to carry the attributes of an engineering education into other disciplines.
The electrical and computer engineering program of study must include mathematics and basic sciences, fundamentals and applications in several engineering sciences, and team-based experience in the process of design, where theory is applied in the context of real needs and limitations, and where judgment must be exercised.
Our electrical and computer engineering graduates should be able to think critically when solving problems and managing tasks and communicate effectively in multidisciplinary professional environments.
To be a responsible member of the engineering profession, each graduate must be aware of social, ethical, environmental and economic factors and constraints on engineering activity, and must understand the importance of these matters in a global context.
We aspire to have our graduates exhibit intellectual depth and creativity, uphold high ethical standards, and show a commitment to the betterment of society through service and professional work.
The specific program educational objectives that we look for in our graduates are that they:
- Advance professionally in their chosen field
- Contribute to their professional community and to society
- Engage in lifelong learning in professional and personal endeavors
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