Undergraduate Study in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

School of Engineering

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Is undergraduate study in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, or interdisciplinary computing for me?

To find out, ask yourself:

Do I do well in math and science? Do I enjoy solving problems? Am I a persistent student who keeps up with my studies and works until new material is mastered? Do I pay attention to details and how they fit together? Am I interested in learning how computing devices, cell phones, robots, digital audio, computer networks, or search engines work? Do I like working to bring my ideas to life?

What are the similarities and differences in these areas of study?

Electrical engineering graduates work with a broad range of electrical and electronic devices and systems. Examples: mobile communications (Blackberry), photovoltaic energy (solar panels), hybrid electric cars (Prius), wireless communications (Bluetooth), satellite systems (GPS), medical diagnostic tools (ultrasound), digital video (HDTV), bio-electronics (pacemakers), radar (Doppler weather radar), and photonics (medical endoscopy). View a graduation plan for electrical engineering.

Computer science graduates focus on the theory and practice of computing. Examples include expert systems (medical diagnostics), social networking (Facebook), online merchandising (eBay), search engines (Google), business and personal software (MS-Office) geographic mapping (Google Earth), video games (Guitar Hero), video sharing (YouTube), artificial intelligence (Watson), and web-based collaboration (Wikipedia). View a graduation plan for computer science.

Computer engineering graduates focus on all aspects of computational devices and systems, including hardware and software. Here are some examples: notebook computers (Vaio), music players (iPod), embedded systems (antilock brakes), game consoles (Wii), robotics (Segway), computer generated imagery (Pixar), virtual reality (Flight Simulator), integrated circuits (“Intel Inside”), and computer networking (Internet). View a graduation plan for computer engineering.

Interdisciplinary computing graduates collaborate with scientists or other professionals, applying their computing expertise to large-scale problems. They might use grid computing to study the first few picoseconds after the Big Bang or process enormous data streams from telescopic mapping experiments to analyze the orbits of potential Earth-crossing asteroids. They could manage and expand biological databases to study the causes of worldwide biodiversity decline, apply machine learning techniques to design better chemotherapies, or develop optimization techniques to locate tornado sirens for maximum population coverage. View degree requirements for interdisciplinary computing.

The department

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers students a world-class education with an affordable price tag. Classes are taught by award-winning faculty. Students gain valuable experience conducting hands-on research in innovative facilities. Graduates go on to work everywhere from Fortune 500 companies to small startups to research organizations or academia.

Undergraduate degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Computing

The B.S. degrees in computer engineering and electrical engineering are fully ABET accredited; see mission statement. The computer science undergraduate degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The recently approved undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary computing is not yet eligible for accreditation.


Professors in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science use their industry experience to enrich students’ learning experiences. An open-door policy emphasizes the department’s commitment to student development and success. Professors strive to help students further develop critical thinking, problem solving, and other skills necessary for success after graduation. Department faculty members have received national and university awards for teaching excellence. They also lead prestigious national engineering research headquartered at KU.

Admission to KU

Admission to the major

Admission to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the other degree programs of the School of Engineering is competitive. For complete details, see the websites of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Engineering.

The School of Engineering

The KU School of Engineering pioneers new technologies and develops solutions to the problems facing the world. KU engineering and computer science faculty, students, and staff are committed to answering the call for solid interdisciplinary research and engineering education.

The school offers 10 accredited undergraduate degree programs and graduate degrees in 15 disciplines that help students acquire the technical and critical thinking skills they need to succeed. With a National Science Foundation research center, led by engineering faculty and based at KU, and several other labs and research centers, the school is a great place for students to develop their talents and excel.


Engineering undergraduate degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, 410-347-7700). The computer science undergraduate degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The recently approved undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary computing is not yet eligible for accreditation review.

The university

The University of Kansas is a major educational and research institution with 29,000 students and 2,400 faculty members. KU includes the main campus in Lawrence, the Medical Center in Kansas City, the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, campuses of the School of Medicine in Wichita and Salina, and educational and research facilities throughout the state.

The university has 58 nationally ranked programs and earns excellent ratings in the top college guides. For more than a decade, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has awarded KU four-star ratings in all categories ? academics, quality of living, and social life.

KU is a major comprehensive research and teaching university that serves as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor. KU is the only Kansas Board of Regents university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of 62 public and private research universities that represents excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally.



Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Eaton Hall
1520 West 15th St., Room 2001
Lawrence, KS 66045-7605
Fax: 785-864-3226
Glenn Prescott, Chair