Electrical engineering programs focus on the study, design, and application of equipment, devices, and systems that use electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. The curriculum usually encompasses a broad spectrum of specialties, including circuits, microelectronics, communication systems, computer hardware, control, signal processing, electromagnetics, robotics, power and energy, optics, nanotechnology, and more. An electrical engineer works with anything from electrical circuits in electronic devices to electrical installation in buildings or power plants.
Computer engineering focuses more on computer hardware and software, and embedded systems. A computer engineer is usually involved in the many hardware and software aspects of computing, from the design of individual microcontrollers, microprocessors, personal computers, and supercomputers to circuit design.
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at National University is designed to establish analytical thinking and design skills in both electrical engineering and computer engineering. The program’s curriculum focuses on the theories, principles, and practices of traditional electrical engineering and mathematics and applies them to the design of computers and computer-based devices. Students study hardware, software, communication, and the interaction between them.
The program covers a wide range of topics from traditional electrical engineering courses, such as Circuit Analysis, Microelectronics, Linear Systems and Signals, and Digital Signal Processing, to computer engineering courses like Programming, Object-Oriented Design, Discrete Structure and Logic, Digital Logic Design, Computer Architecture, Computer Communication Networks, Embedded Systems, VLSI Design, and more. Upon graduation, students are well prepared to begin either a professional career or a graduate program. Graduates of this program are prepared for a larger breadth of job opportunities than a traditional electrical engineering program.