Program Objectives, Student Outcomes and Statistics

Program Educational Objectives

The mission of the undergraduate electrical engineering and computer engineering programs is to provide high-quality and broad-based education in electrical engineering or computer engineering that emphasizes critical thinking and communication skills while preparing graduates for professional careers and lifelong learning. The faculty has adopted the educational objectives listed below for the electrical and computer engineering undergraduate programs. The department has included a process to provide continual improvement of the curricula. Graduates will:

  • Excel in engineering careers and/or postgraduate education utilizing knowledge of electrical or computer engineering disciplines and underlying fundamental principles of science and mathematics, engineering analysis, problem solving and design
  • Expand their knowledge of current and emerging issues in electrical and computer engineering and continue career-long professional development through engagement in lifelong learning
  • Grow professionally and advance throughout their engineering careers utilizing skills in effective communication; responsible, multidisciplinary teamwork; and adherence to principles of professional accountability and ethics

Student Outcomes

To facilitate attainment of these career-long objectives, the department has defined a set of program outcomes and associated assessments to demonstrate that, by graduation, students have:

  1. An ability to apply the necessary knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to analyze and design electrical and electronic devices, software and systems containing hardware and software components, as appropriate to program objectives
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical behavior
  7. An ability to communicate effectively in oral, written and graphical formats
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of electrical or computer engineering solutions in a global, societal and environmental context consistent with the principles of sustainable development
  9. A recognition for the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. Knowledge of probability and statistics, specifically applied to problems in electrical or computer engineering
  13. For electrical engineering graduates, knowledge of advanced mathematics, typically including differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables and discrete mathematics; for graduates with the computer engineering option, knowledge of discrete mathematics

Enrollment and Graduation Statistics

The University of Alabama Office of Institutional Research and Assessment maintains annual enrollment and graduate data for the programs in the College of Engineering. Please visit the OIRA Statistical Profiles website to find statistics for student enrollment, degrees awarded and faculty data.