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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Undergraduate Students

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Welcome University of Minnesota
Electrical and Computer Engineering Undergraduate Students

ECE offers two undergraduate degree plans:
     • Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering
     • Bachelor Degree in Computer Engineering

We hope you find your time in the program to be challenging and rewarding.
We've listed below some information and helpful links for you.



Robert E. Rice Student Services Center
Keller Hall, Room 3-166

Rhonda Franklin
Rhonda Franklin
  Director of Undergraduate Studies
  612-625-0838 or

Frances Wood
  Academic Advisor
  612-625-4327 or
Roopa Sukumaran-Berzins
Roopa Sukumaran-Berzins
  Academic Advisor
  612-624-2285 or


ECE undergraduate academic advisors are available to meet with any undergraduate Electrical
Engineering or Computer Engineering student or any student thinking of transferring to ECE. 
We can help you
          • choose classes for future semesters
          • make sure that you are on track for graduation and fulfilling all ECE program requirements
          • guide you to the apprpriate resources and support services on campus for academic or other issues.

Suggestion: Plan to meet with your assigned ECE undergraduate advisor at least once a year.

Meetings are by appointment or walk-in.
          • Make appointments no later than 4 p.m. for the day before the requested meeting.
          • Make appointments online, by email, by calling 612-624-7777 or by stopping into 3-166 Keller Hall.

ECE Undergraduate Intranet (The Matrix)
       A Website dedicated to ECE Undergraduate Students.

Frequently Asked Questions


ECE uses wait lists on the registration system. If you are trying to get into a course that currently has no spots available,
be sure to put your name on the wait list. We will make every effort to get you into a section of the course you need.
Contact with any questions or if you are unable to register for a particular class.

Catalog - Course Descriptions

Course Syllabi

Academic Calendar


The Co-op Program  provides industrial experience during the last two years of students' academic careers.
Students complete two or three full-time industrial assignments alternating with regular academic semesters.
The Co-op Program provides students with an understanding of an engineer's role in the technical world and
helps students select a direction in the broad field of engineering. The experience motivates students to plan
and to successfully complete their academic program. The program also helps improve students’ writing
through technical journal assignments. Co-op grades are based on the student's writing.


An internship is a short-term position that provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience
working with professionals in the science and technology field. It’s an opportunity to develop technical skills.
For information about summer internships, go to the Career Center for Science and Engineering.

Internships are arranged by students with corporations or institutions. This activity does not qualify as an
opportunity for academic credit.

Student organizations

Professional Societies

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) 
Biomedical Engineering Society  
College of Science and Engineering Ambassadors 
Engineers without Borders 
Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) 
GOFIRST (Robotics Team) 
IEEE Student Chapter 
Innovative Engineers  
Kappa Eta Kappa  
National Organization of Business and Engineering (NOBE) 
Science and Engineering Student Board 
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers 
Society of Black Engineers  
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers  
Society of Women Engineers  
Tau Beta Pi (TBP) 
Tesla Works 
Triangle Fraternity 
University Mad Scientists 
University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project 

IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group

More student organizations

Learning Abroad

"Local" companies and issues do not exist anymore. An international experience provides the skills to work
more effectively in the global marketplace. Whether interested in industry, academia, or the public sector,
ECE students should consider gaining international experience through learning abroad.

Regular financial aid and scholarships may be applied to study abroad and the department often provides
May-term learning abroad scholarships.

Most students study abroad during their sophomore or junior years. Many programs allow you to obtain required
courses for your major and offer opportunities to fulfill Liberal Education requirements, as well. Consult the
CSE Learning Abroad Web site
for more information.


According to the NACE Spring 2013 Salary Survey:

     • Current median engineering (alldisciplines) starting salary is $60,202 
     • Electrical Engineering median starting salary is $63,000
     • Computer Engineering median salary - $70,900

According to Zenna Berg, Program Manager, Kelly Services in Minneapolis:
"From 2000 to 2010, STEM jobs (science, tech, engineering, and math)
grew at three times the rate of other fields.
From 2010-2020, demand for
STEM professionals is expected to increase 16.8%, adding more than
one million new Stem jobs to the workforce.

Visit the Career Center for Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota.


Mission, Objectives, and Outcomes of Programs

Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering

Bachelor Degree in Computer Engineering



ECE awards scholarships to its currently declared-major students in Electrical and Computer Engineering
who are entering their Junior and Senior years.

For 2013-14, the ECE department has awarded more than $110,000 in scholarships to more than 30 students.
This competitive process takes place in the spring of each academic year. Current students should watch their
email for information about applying.

Students also can visit the CSE Scholarship Web site or the Scholarship Search Web site for more opportunities.