Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering (EECE)

Department News:

The Spring 2024 ECC Commencement information is here(opens in new window).

EECE students, Justin Crane and Mohammed Alsubousi, demonstrate their capstone design projects along with two MMEM student teams in Engineering Success: Students Solve Real-World Problems, published in the May 16th issue of Chico State Today.

Aishwarya Gowda has helped build the CSU, Chico community while keeping students on their toes.

EECE Student Today, Industry Leader Tomorrow!

A degree in computer engineering or in electrical/electronic engineering means that you will be able to contribute immediately to the development of new technologies in almost any field that you can imagine - electronics (of course), biomedicine, agriculture, automotive, you name it!  Employers look for our graduates because of our students' well-earned reputations as engineers who can know how to build systems and understand the theory and concepts that may them work.

Applications are now being accepted!

With one of the highest 4-year graduation rates in the CSU system and lowest average student debt amounts in the country, Chico State offers one of the nation’s highest return on investment.

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What’s Computer Engineering and Electrical/Electronic Engineering?

CSU, Chico's computer engineering program was one of the first in the nation and has been accredited by ABET since 1987.  It is designed to provide students with the knowledge and hands-on practical skills to contribute as a design engineer in fields such as computer networking, Internet-of-Things, robotics, cybersecurity, and any field that uses a microprocessor.

Our electrical/electronic engineering program has been ABET accredited since 1971.  The curriculum provides students with the foundation to go into the many disciplines in the field such as power systems, robotics and control systems, communications, image processing, and biosensors. 

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Career Paths for EECE Graduates

According to the latest survey of graduating seniors by the National Association of College and Employers, the average starting salary for Computer Engineering graduates was $76,881 and $72,619 for Electrical/Electronics/Communications Engineering graduates.

Only Petroleum Engineering graduates had a higher mean starting salary ($78,801). According to Salary.com, graduates in our two disciplines receive about $16,000 more as a starting salary ($92,718 and $88,341) if the graduate works in San Jose area; graduates in other areas of California were paid about $5-$10,000 more than the national average.

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It is almost impossible to find an industry in which computer, electrical, and electronic engineers are not employed.  Demand for graduates is high and keeps growing.

From day one, you’ll jump right in–learning by doing–in labs with state-of-the-art digital and analog electronic devices and systems. You will engage with professors who are active in their fields, contributing to emerging technologies, and who bring these technologies into the classroom.

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Is One of the EECE Programs Right for Me?

You should consider computer or electrical/electronic engineering in the CSU, Chico EECE department if you want to:

  • create your own projects using the latest electronic components, microprocessors, and field-programmable gate arrays.
  • work with colleagues on state-of-the-art systems that improve the standard of living in the US and around the world.

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How Do Students in EECE Programs Get Involved?

Our students are active in a number of professional societies including the IEEE Student Branch, which is home for our Micromouse, Drone, and NatCar teams, and the HKN Honor Society. Our students participate in the Society of Women Engineering, Latinos in Technical Careers, and the National Society of Black Engineers.  Our students contribute in a number of clubs and organizations in the college, across campus, and in the community.

More Info About EECE

Want to share our program highlights with someone you know? See our newsletters to discovery what our students and faculty have accomplished. Or take a look at what you will study in our programs.

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How to Apply

We can’t wait to meet you! Chico State is part of the California State University system and uses Cal State Apply for applications.

Make sure to select California State University, Chico as your campus of choice when applying. Registering and applying is quick and easy, so let’s get started!

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About Chico State

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