LMU's EECS department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the disciplines of electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science.
Electrical engineering is the study of electrical systems and their construction. Graduates of this discipline design and build systems for communications, information processing, entertainment, medical diagnosis, robotics control, navigation, and traffic control, to name a few. Cell phones, personal digital assistants, fax machines, cable and satellite television, and computers are items which are becoming essential to modern living, but would not be possible without the imagination and technical expertise of electrical engineers. Future products and systems, which will enhance our lives, will continue to require talented young people trained in electrical engineering.
Computer science is the study of information and computation as expressed in natural systems including biological processes, economic systems, social networks, and the physical universe, through the development of artificial systems such as digital devices and computer software. Computer scientists practice in diverse fields such as medicine, bioinformatics, arts and entertainment, gaming, economics, cognitive science, and software engineering.
To prepare for careers in this vital work, LMU electrical engineering and computer science majors benefit from a rich variety of learning and practice environments. Lectures, projects, team competitions, oral presentations, independent and tutorial studies, and membership in professional societies give students abundant experience to face the diverse challenges of their chosen career.
Electrical engineering and computer science are two of the few disciplines in which a student can enter a profession with only an undergraduate degree. All three undergraduate department curricula are designed to be easily completed in four years.
The electrical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The departmental programs have established the following program educational objectives that are consistent with the mission of the University and the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering. The objectives describe the expected accomplishments of graduates during the first several years following graduation. Graduates will:
- Perform effectively as practicing engineers and/or successfully undertake graduate study in electrical engineering, computer science, or related fields;
- Meet the challenges of the future through continuing professional growth; and
- Exhibit concern for service and justice through leadership within their profession, as well as the community as a whole.
These program educational objectives are met by providing curricula with both breadth and depth. Engineering science and design, mathematics, and basic sciences are significant components of the department's programs. In addition to courses from these traditional technical areas, and in keeping with the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person, the curriculum includes core requirements in the humanities, communications, and the fine arts. Opportunities for involvement in professional societies, student design competitions, and University co-curricular activities are plentiful and help to accomplish these objectives.
Design is interwoven throughout the electrical engineering curriculum, culminating in a formal senior design project course. Freshman and sophomore engineering courses provide an introduction to design. The two junior and first semester senior laboratory courses extend this design experience to the integration of material from the upper division electrical engineering courses. Finally, the senior design project experience builds on the analytical and theoretical background developed throughout the curriculum as well as topics covered in the University's core curriculum.