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Undergraduate Study

Become a creative engineer, inspired and equipped to make an impact

What does tomorrow’s engineer need to know? At Duke Electrical & Computer Engineering, we’ve thought hard about this question. From your very first semester at Duke, our signature educational experience will immerse you in:

  • Hands-on design
  • Data science
  • Computing
  • Research
  • Entrepreneurship

At Duke ECE, we are preparing creative engineers who are inspired and equipped to solve complex societal problems.


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We provide more opportunity and are 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.

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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

Plus, students who elect to complete a more in-depth pathway can earn a Concentration in Machine Learning designation on their transcript.


HIGHLY RANKED

  • #1 in U.S. faculty research productivity in computer engineering—Academic Analytics
  • Top 25 U.S. undergraduate computer engineering program—U.S. News & World Report
  • 94% of recent Duke ECE graduates accepted jobs or had job offers at graduation (National comparison: 85%)

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We'll Make You a Programmer

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.


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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

Student Learning Outcomes

Our students will have the following capabilities upon completion of their degrees:

  • 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 strategies

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