Undergraduate Degree Programs

At Iowa State University, you are admitted to the engineering program of your choice and begin taking courses in your major right away during your first year. Our electrical engineering program and computer engineering program are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Majors

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) offers three Bachelor of Science degree programs. A bachelor’s degree in any of these areas could lead to careers in industries ranging from health care, renewable energy, and retail to security, gaming, and telecommunications. All of these areas also provide opportunities to work with teams of engineers and make a huge difference in the lives of people worldwide in your career.

COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Develop systems to protect many of the critical infrastructures that the United States relies on for our country’s day-to-day operations. Invent new technologies and make things such as smartphones, computers, robots, and medical equipment faster, smaller, cheaper, smarter, and safer. Plus, catch cyber criminals and help keep your personal computer and information secure. Learn more about computer engineering.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Impact the nation’s electric power systems, biomedical imaging equipment that doctors use, tiny chips that operate your smartphone and other electronics, wireless technologies that people use worldwide, and nanotechnologies that biologists use to conduct experiments. Enhance technology to test hidden flaws in car engines and medical equipment, and improve electronic car safety systems. Plus, help the environment by developing and incorporating wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources into the power grid. Learn more about electrical engineering.

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

Expand the limits of what computers, cell phones, pacemakers, and other electronic devices can do by developing and improving software that runs those devices. Work on a team to design, implement, and maintain software systems that are reliable, efficient, and affordable. Apply your software knowledge to areas such as real-time systems, virtual reality, and gaming, as well as improve operation of medical equipment and hybrid-electric cars. This major is offered jointly with the Department of Computer Science. Learn more about software engineering.

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Minors

Iowa State University offers four minors specifically for engineers:

BIOENGINEERING

The bioengineering minor is an interdisciplinary program that complements a student’s major discipline by providing additional insight into the interactions between their engineering discipline and biological systems, emphasizing new ways of solving biological problems. This minor provides students a core background in bioengineering areas such as bioinformatics and systems biology, biomechanics, biomicro systems, bio-based products and bioprocessing. Learn more.

ENGINEERING SALES

About 15 percent of engineering jobs involve product sales, marketing, or customer field support, so the engineering sales minor complements the technical training of your engineering major discipline by providing the tools and knowledge required for technical sales careers. Learn more.

NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION

Nondestructive evaluation uses a number of techniques to determine the health of an engineering component or structure without affecting its usefulness. Nondestructive evaluation professionals are active in all phases of engineering, from design and manufacturing to in-service use, and in all industry sectors including aviation, power generation, transportation, manufacturing, and many others. The nondestructive evaluation minor is an interdisciplinary program. Learn more.

NUCLEAR ENGINEERING

The nuclear engineering minor prepares you for careers designing radiation techniques to diagnose and combat cancer, contributing to national security, developing advanced radiation sources and detectors for use in scientific research, and working with advanced nuclear energy systems. The minor involves a combination of coursework at Iowa State and online classes offered by the Big 12 Engineering Consortium. Learn more.

Concurrent Degree Programs

The ECpE department offers three concurrent degree programs that allow students to count up to 6 credits of coursework for both your bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The programs may reduce by one year the normal time period for completing both degrees separately. The following are the concurrent degree programs currently offered:

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE/MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAM

This program is for students who want to pursue a traditional Master of Science degree (with thesis or creative component) on campus upon receiving their bachelor’s degree. Learn more.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE/MASTER OF ENGINEERING PROGRAM

This program requires coursework-only and is directed toward students who want to pursue a master’s degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering, but who do not wish to pursue a research career. It also enables students to take a job immediately after completing their bachelor’s degree, but continue to finish a master’s degree through our online engineering programs at their own pace. Learn more.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE/MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM

This program provides engineers strong business management skills to complement their engineering bachelor’s degree, giving them a competitive edge for advancement or leading to accelerated opportunities for growth into management positions. Learn more.

Contact Us

Got questions about our programs? Check our answers to frequently asked undergraduate program questions, or contact our ECpE Student Services Office to talk with an academic adviser.