Undergraduate Academic Guide: Program Educational Objectives & Student Outcomes

The B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering is a broad and highly flexible degree program structured to provide students with the smallest set of constraints consistent with a rich and comprehensive view of the profession. It is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Students are encouraged and stimulated to explore multiple areas of theory and application. The Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering have adopted the following outcomes from ABET and have established the following objectives for the B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum:

Program Educational Objectives

The ECE program objectives are shown below. They represent our vision for what our students will be doing in their engineering careers five years after they have graduated. The principal behaviors we seek to foster in our students are expertise, innovation and leadership.

Our graduates will be:


  • They will solve problems by applying ECE fundamentals
  • Their solutions will reflect depth of understanding in their sophistication.
  • Their solutions will reflect breadth of understanding by drawing on multiple disciplines.


  • They will demonstrate creativity in their engineering practice.
  • They will consider holistic systems-oriented approaches in their designs.
  • They will think strategically in their planning and execution.


  • They will take initiative, and demonstrate resourcefulness.
  • They will collaborate in multidisciplinary teams.
  • They will be leaders in their organizations, their profession and in society.

Student Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function in multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Enrollment and Graduation Numbers Chart

Graduation statistics represent enrollment as of the beginning of the fall semester. Degrees awarded information represents degrees awarded in the summer, fall, and spring semesters of the academic year.

All Curricula

Entered CMU Fall 2013 and later
Entered CMU Fall 2011 - 2012
Entered CMU Fall 2008 - 2010

Program Educational Objectives: 'Experts' is the x-axis; 'Leaders' is the y-axis; 'Innovators' is the z-axis

Three dimensions of objectives for our graduates.