Undergraduate Study

Gift NyikayarambaDuke’s Department of Electrical and Computer engineering offers an ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) emphasizing analytical thinking, problem solving, and technology, and each fosters the development of ethical leadership, communication, and teamwork skills – great preparation for graduate study or a career.

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  • #1 in U.S. faculty research productivity in computer engineering and #8 in electrical engineering (Academic Analytics 2015 - published Dec. 2016)
  • Top 10 Best School for Engineering Majors by Salary Potential – $78,400 median pay with 0-5 years of work experience (Payscale.com)

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Our program provides more opportunities and is more flexible and less restrictive than many other ECE programs in the United States. Students use this flexibility to expand their horizons and explore personal interests more deeply.

Duke ECE undergraduate students pursue their interests in five areas of concentration:

  • Computer Engineering and Digital Systems
  • Signal Processing, Communications and Control Systems
  • Solid-State Devices and Integrated Circuits
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Photonics

Each study track emphasizes the acquisition, processing, control, transmission, and application of information and energy by what are fundamentally electrical or electromagnetic means.

All the tracks include high-level computer languages (software), which facilitate the convenient and efficient application of technology (hardware) to the solution of useful problems.

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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