Get a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering


Innovate the Future

We are the premiere research institute for electrical and computer engineering in the state of Utah. Interact with world class faculty and get involved in cutting edge research.

Our engineers are changing the way we interact with the world from computer circuitry, optics, and power systems to smart devices and bionic arms. Our faculty have been highlighted in many news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Wired, and SciTechDaily.

Unlimited Possibilities

Our hands-on, project-based curriculum will prepare you for a competitive career either locally or across the globe.  Our students are highly sought after in industry with

99% job placement 

after graduation (or pursuing a advanced degree).

Explosive Growth

Not only has our department grown significantly over the last decade, but the entire tech scene in the Salt Lake City area where we are located is expanding rapidly.  Students and faculty have founded a number of startup companies based on university research to help commercialize technology innovations.

The University of Utah was ranked #1 Best University for Technology Transfer By the Milken Institute.

Flexible Curriculum

Get a strong foundation in our core electronics classes and then choose a track that matches your interests in the upper-level classes.  We offer a number of classes in hybrid or asynchronous format for students with difficult scheduling needs.

Click to explore the different fields you can pursue.

What is Electrical and Computer Engineering?

Electrical & Computer Engineering is a diverse field that includes designing…

  • Computers
  • Robots
  • Wireless communications
  • Medical devices
  • Lasers
  • Fiber optics
  • New electronic materials
  • Sensors

…and much more.

We have professors who research…

  • Nanotechnology
  • Solar energy
  • Robotics
  • Antenna design
  • Neural networks
  • Brain-computer interfaces
  • Microchips
  • Integrated circuits
  • Wearable electronics
  • Image processing

…and much more.

Click to explore some of the cutting-edge research going on in our labs.

High Paying Career

Because electrical engineers are highly sought after in industry, their salary is much higher than the average pay in America.  Click to learn current salaries of electrical engineers.

Average Salaries

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Who Hires Our Graduates?

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Google
  • Hill Air Force Base
  • Intel Corp
  • L3Harris
  • LightSmyth Technologies
  • Macom
  • Micron
  • Microsoft
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Nvidia
  • Pacificorp
  • Raytheon
  • Rocky Mountain Power
  • Sandia National Labs
  • TD Williamson
  • Zeiss

“We would hire every graduating senior from the University of Utah if they applied”

— HR at Hill Air Force Base

Choosing EE or CE

Whether you choose a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering, you will get a strong foundation in circuits. Computer Engineering additionally incorporates many computer science classes into the curriculum, which will provide you familiarity with both software and hardware. Electrical Engineering provides a flexible path where you can explore subfields beyond circuits including electromagnetism, optics, signal processing, and robotics, for example. Either way, you will have a reputable degree for starting your career, so it is more a question of what types of classes you want to take during your degree. Explore our curriculum and course offerings to see what interests you.

How to Apply

First you need to apply to the University of Utah.

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Direct Admission

Incoming high school students can apply directly to the Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering program if they meet ALL the following requirements:

  • High School GPA of 3.6 or higher
  • Math ACT Score of at least 28 – OR – SAT Math Score of at least 630
  • Ready to enroll in Calculus I (MATH 1210 or MATH 1310)

Students meeting the above criteria should designate their major as Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering during the online application process. All other students should use the pre-major path described below.

Students with AP credit may also be eligible for credit for some courses.  To see if any of your credit transfers, click the button below.

AP Credit

Indirect Admission

If you do not qualify for direct admission, you can still become an electrical or computer engineering major through the pre-major process. By succeeding in some introductory math and ECE classes, you can show you are ready for full major status. Click below to learn more about the process.

1. Meet with a departmental advisor to declare a “Pre-Electrical Engineering” or “Pre-Computer Engineering” designation.

Meet with an Advisor

2. Enroll in and complete the following courses and requirements to apply for major status.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING COMPUTER ENGINEERING
Math 1310/1210: Calculus I ECE 1240/1245/1050: Intro to Circuit Design + Labs
Minimum 2.8 GPA Math 1310/1210: Calculus I
Math 1320/1220: Calculus II
Phys 2210: Physics for Engineers I
CS 1400 + 1410 (or CS 1420): Intro to Computer Programming
CS 2420: Data Structures & Algorithms
WRTG 2010: Intermediate Writing
Pre-major GPA 3.0 or higher
Cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher

3. Meet with your advisor again and apply for major status.

Transfer Students

Transfer students follow the same requirements as indirect admission. Instead of applying for major status, you would be applying for admission to the U. Remember applications are due during the term before you want to enroll at U. For more information about what classes transfer, visit our resource page for transfer students.

Transfer Students Portal

Research and Internship Opportunities

We believe in hands-on experience, which is why we encourage students to get involved beyond our core lab classes and senior project. We offer research opportunities for undergraduates along with internship fairs to connect students with top engineering companies for summer work opportunities. You can also work on your senior project in collaboration with a corporate sponsor through our Engineering Clinic Program.

Research Opportunities

The U is a Carnegie Foundation tier 1 research institution.

Watch these students talk about their internships.

Paying for College

We know that paying for college can be hard. We have students from every walk of life including parents, veterans, and international scholars, just to name a few. Some of our students work part time while pursuing their degree. To support students, we offer a variety of ways to help offset the cost of tuition:

The University of Utah is the most affordable Pac-12 institution.  

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Below are some videos from students talking about how they paid their way through college.

Get involved in one of our student clubs.

See a complete list of student clubs at the University of Utah here.

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Thanks to one of the healthiest economies and fastest-growing tech sectors in the country, Utah and Salt Lake City have become a hotbed of activity. In recent years, Utah and Salt Lake City have received countless accolades for their economic prosperity.

Why Utah?

  • #1 Best State for Employment — U.S. News & World Report
  • #1 Best State Economic Momentum — State Policy Reports
  • #1 Best State for Entrepreneurs — Forbes
  • #1 State for the Middle Class — SmartAsset
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  • #3 Best States for Business — Forbes
  • #5 Top States for Technology and Science — Milken Institute.
  • #6 Fastest-Growing Tech States — Business Insider

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Why Salt Lake City?

  • #1 Best Place to Start a Career — CNBC
  • #2 The 50 Best U.S. Cities for Starting a Business — Inc.
  • #2 America’s Next Boom Towns — Forbes
  • #3 America's 25 Best Cities for Young Professionals — Forbes
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