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Electrical and Computer Engineering

California State University Los Angeles

Electrical and Computer Engineering programs will prepare you for the next step in your career development.

Message from the EE Chair:

Virtually every facet of our daily lives is dominated by technology. From transportation to communications and power, Electrical Engineering is center stage in the technological revolution of the past century. The pace of this growth is no where more manifest than in the “incredible shrinking transistor” and the continuous doubling of the number of components we can place on a given surface area of an Integrated Circuit. This has led to an exponential growth in sciences largely fueled by the exponential growth in our computing and communication capacity. The world is becoming flat and the emergence of Engineering power houses across the globe challenges us to do and be more and to take charge of innovation which fuels technology. The demand for qualified Engineers is immense and constantly growing and the career possibilities are tremendous.  The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) is poised to provide a solid foundation in this vital field of Engineering by offering a well rounded, well tuned instruction that provides an optimal balance between theory and practice and prepares you for the challenges of being the innovators and leaders of the field.

As a student enrolled in either our ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited undergraduate program or our graduate program, you’ll be on your way to a rewarding career in such areas as communications, computers, controls, power, and solid-state electronics.

The College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology faculty remain active in the industry through ongoing research projects in diverse areas of specialization, independent consulting and special project advisement. From theory to experimentation to practice, you’ll learn to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world situations. This hands-on approach to learning will prepare you for the next step in your career development, whether it’s immediate employment upon graduation, entrance into an advanced degree program or employment in a research or teaching capacity.

Our quality-learning environment will further enhance your educational experience. You’ll be taught in small classes that facilitate individual attention. And you’ll have access to 50,000 square feet of newly remodeled, state-of-the-art lab space and equipment as a result of a $31 million renovation to the Engineering and Technology building.

Cal State L.A.’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology–the home of award-winning, student-centered projects such as the Solar Eagle III solar car, Mini Baja all-terrain vehicle, NASA SPACE Lab, and concrete canoe–offers the faculty, programs and facilities that will help you succeed in the new millennium.

Whatever specialization you choose, your education at the Cal State L.A. College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology will open doors to new and exciting career opportunities.

Educational Objectives and Program Outcomes

The following describe the characteristics the Electrical Engineering program is seeking to produce in its graduates. The characteristics are categorized into the following three areas:

  • The knowledge they will have
  • The skills they will possess
  • The attitudes they will hold


Educational Objectives: Graduates of the Electrical Engineering program will have the knowledge in math, science, engineering fundamentals, and current and emerging societal needs that allows them to competently solve the practical Electrical and Computer Engineering problems considering all the aspects of the impact of their solutions.  The knowledge base shall be amply broad to enable our graduates to become professional engineers within three to five years of professional practice.

These educational objectives will be demonstrated by the following outcomes:

  1. Knowledge of the fundamentals of mathematics. (ABET a)
  2. Knowledge of the fundamentals of science. (ABET a)
  3. Knowledge of the engineering principles. (ABET a)
  4. Awareness of the effect of economics, humanities, and social sciences on engineering. (ABET h)
  5. Focus on a specialization field in engineering.
  6. Knowledge through general education to foster intelligent inquiry, abstract logical thinking, critical analysis, and the integration and synthesis of knowledge.
  7. Knowledge of current events and contemporary societal issues (non-engineering related). (ABET j)    


Educational Objectives: Our graduates will possess the necessary practical skills to apply theory to the design, implementation, and analysis of engineering systems. They will be able to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems both as individuals and as members of multidisciplinary teams. The graduates will have the skills needed to effectively use computers in all aspects of their professional life, to utilize the rapidly expanding base of technical information, and to communicate clearly orally and in writing.

These educational objectives will be demonstrated by the following outcomes:

  1. Ability to apply theory to engineering practice by designing and conducting laboratory experiments and class projects. (ABET b)
  2. Ability to design and implement engineering system or component to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economical, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability (ABET c)
  3. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve Electrical and Computer Engineering problems (ABET e)
  4. Capability to analyze and interpret experimental results. (ABET b)
  5. Capability to use the computer and other modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice (ABET k)
  6. Ability to work individually and in teams on projects including those of a multidisciplinary nature. (ABET d)
  7. Skills to find and use available technical information (ABET k)
  8. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in written reports (ABET g)


Educational Objectives: Graduates of the Electrical Engineering program will be able to seamlessly adapt to different employment settings and engineering tasks in industrial and governmental positions. They will be confident in their abilities and eager to continue their education, either formally or informally, to promote their life long professional and personal development. They will recognize the importance of transferring and adapting knowledge received in Electrical and Computer Engineering study at CSULA as well as complementing it with the team work and management and technical skills developed at their place of employment.

These educational objectives will be demonstrated by the following outcomes:

  1. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life long learning.  (ABET i)
  2. Understanding of their ethical and professional responsibilities. (ABET f)
  3. An understanding of responsibility and accountability.
  4. A desire to be a flexible and adaptable team player.

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