Electrical and Computer Engineering

Prospective Students

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) is accredited with a diverse student body of about 1000 Undergraduate and 100 Graduate students. We have two undergraduate programs Electrical Enginering and and Computer Engineering and one graduate program.

The primary focus of the ECE program is on students who plan to go to work as Engineers right after graduation. The overall goals of the program are to:

  • Help students develop the technical skills needed to be good engineers.
  • Help students develop the communication skills needed to be good written and oral communicators.
  • Help students develop a sense of responsibility as both engineers and members of society.

We endeavor to accomplish these goals with a program having the following three main characteristics:

  • First, the ECE Curriculum is highly structured with Engineering classes beginning in the Freshmen year. This not only gives our students an early start in their engineering studies but also gives them the opportunity to decide at an early stage whether they really want to pursue engineering.
  • Second, classes are taught with a "learning by doing" approach to education. Virtually every Electrical and Computer Engineering class has a Lab taught by a Faculty member that gives students first hand opportunity to explore the results developed in class as well as test out their own ideas and designs.
  • And third, every student does an individual or group Senior Project. These capstone projects are in general not only great learning experiences but also great to talk about in job



All entering CSU undergraduates admitted to a CSU campus are required, unless exempt, to take the Entry Level Math Test (ELM) and English Placement Test (EPT).

  • EPT - English Placement Test.
  • ELM - Entry Level Math Test.
  • MDPT - Math Diagonistic Placement Test. The MDPT (for those who have passed the ELM test) determines whether you can take Math 114 and begin the calculus sequence. You must take the MDPT unless you have a score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus test or have appropriate college transfer credit. If you do not pass high enough on the MDPT you will need to take "preparatory" classes in trig and precalculus that do not count toward your engineering degree and as a result will invariably delay your graduation. So the MDPT is very important. We strongly advise that you prepare and do your best on it. Information on the MDPT is not only available from the Math Department but also from the Learning Resource Center.


If you have completed 60 or more transferable semester college units (90 quarter units) prior to transfer, you are considered an upper-division transfer student. If you have fewer than 60 transferable semester college units (90 quarter units) prior to transfer, you are considered a lower-division transfer student
Admission requirement for Transfers


Feel free to visit us any time you would like. Campus tours are scheduled on a regular basis. and scheduling. You can get Campus Tour Information Visitor & Information Centers. Admitted students are invited to new student orientation sessions.