Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering
||102C Electrical Engineering Building
Electrical and computer engineering are primarily concerned with the generation, transmission, control, and distribution of electric energy, signals, and information. The division offers undergraduate and graduate programs and conducts research to serve the needs of the state and the nation.
Today’s high technology life comprising ubiquitous smart phones, tablet PCs, automated controls, reliable power, and internet connectivity is made possible by electrical and computer engineering disciplines. The division offers courses in the major areas of communications, computers, control systems, physical electronics, and power systems.
Program Educational Objectives
The electrical and computer engineering programs at Louisiana State University strive to prepare students to pursue successful professional careers in a global marketplace and/or pursue advanced degrees. The following program objectives focus on achievements of our graduates:
- Graduates will demonstrate ability to engage in life-long learning through advanced education/degrees, professional development activities, or other career-appropriate options.
- Graduates employed in the electrical and computer engineering industry will demonstrate ability to succeed in leadership roles in their organizations through their technical skills, effective teamwork abilities, communication capabilities or other manifestations of their capability.
- Graduates who attend graduate school will succeed in graduate studies.
In order to meet the program objectives, a graduate of the program will have accomplishments consistent with the criteria for accrediting engineering programs specified by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
Electrical and computer engineering students receive a thorough foundation in mathematics, physics, and introductory engineering during the first two years. This includes a freshman course introducing electrical and computer engineering. Emphasis during the junior and senior years is on advanced engineering concepts and design. Engineering design is introduced starting in the freshman year so that by the time students reach senior status they are prepared to take required capstone design and other courses dealing primarily with design. The senior courses utilize the previously gained knowledge in solving real-life problems. This prepares students for excellent career opportunities in areas such as computer engineering, energy conversion, power systems, communications, network design, control systems, electronics, and signal processing, as well as many interdisciplinary areas such as robotics and digital media. With the background in fundamental theory and laboratory practice provided in the curricula, graduates are prepared to contribute and progress in their chosen technological fields.
The division offers two programs of study–electrical engineering and computer engineering. Both programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
The electrical engineering curriculum provides a broad background in electrical engineering through the required course sequence. The computer engineering curriculum is available for students desiring more comprehensive knowledge of the principles that underlie the organization, design, and application of computer systems. Elective courses permit students to obtain depth in a chosen area of electrical and computer engineering, explore other areas of electrical and computer engineering, or explore other fields of engineering and science.
A student must take all of the required courses in either the electrical engineering or the computer engineering curriculum, as stated below, in order to obtain a degree.
Students interested in continuing their education through master’s and doctoral programs are advised to seek academic counseling early and to make judicious use of their undergraduate electives.
Division of Computer Science and Engineering
||102F Electrical Engineering Building
The mission of the program is to instill in the student theoretical and applied practical skills needed to solve challenging problems using a computer. Graduates of the program use such concepts as abstraction and complexity analysis to solve innovative problems or to orchestrate evolutionary change as applied to the development of software. The program provides a strong foundation such that students can build on their skill sets as the field rapidly evolves.
Program Educational Objectives
- to apply and continuously acquire knowledge, both theoretical and applied, related to core areas of computer science
- to solve diverse and unique problems in software design and development processes
- to work productively as computer professionals (in traditional careers, graduate school, or academia) by:
- demonstrating effective use of oral and written communication
- working competently as a member of a team unit
- adhering to ethical standards in the profession
In order to meet the program objectives, a graduate of the program will have accomplishments consistent with the general criteria for student outcomes specified by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
The undergraduate computer science curriculum is structured around basic courses in computer science and mathematics and is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. The curriculum is designed to allow a flexible plan of study via the mandatory selection of one of four concentrations: cloud computing and networking, data science and analytics, software engineering, and computer science and a second discipline. A concentration should be declared at the beginning of the sophomore year. If the second discipline concentration is selected, an approval form must be completed and approved by the department and the Office of Engineering Student Services.
Computer science students are cautioned to verify course descriptions in the catalog noting where duplication of course credits may be prohibited. Additionally, computer science students will not receive degree credit for the following courses: CSC 1240 ; ELRC 4006 ; EXST 2201 ; ISDS 2000 , ISDS 2001 , ISDS 2010 , ISDS 2011 , ISDS 3070 , ISDS 3075 ; PSYC 4111 ; and SOCL 2201 .