Electrical and Computer Engineering

Prospective Students

Why come to CSU, Chico?

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (EECE) is home to a diverse population of students from 11 countries who enjoy hands-on labs that promote their understanding of fundamental and advanced electrical and computer engineering concepts and their applications.  Our students learn the skills needed to manage design projects as they complete various assignments, drawn from real-life examples, in our courses. 

The EECE department is also home to dedicated faculty and staff who (of course) support student learning in the classroom.  But, there is also ample time for students to have one-on-one interactions with our faculty and staff.  Our faculty advise students throughout their academic careers, support our student organizations, and supervise students on research projects, independent studies, and extracurricular design projects.  Our staff provide information about the department, college, and university.

Upon graduation, our students are prepared for professional work in a wide variety of high demand technical areas, including computer hardware and software design; embedded, real-time, and IoT systems implemented with microprocessors and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), computer network architecture, analog and mixed-signal electronics, robotics and control systems, digital signal and image processing, biomedical instrumentation, communications, and power systems.

Degrees offered

If you are interested in enrolling in one of our programs, we encourage you to come visit the Chico campus and our department.

University and Community

CSU, Chico, which has been designated as a Hispanic-serving institution (HIS), is a vibrant university with a strong commitment to education.  In 2019, CSU Chico ranked ninth among public universities in the western region by U.S. News & World Report.

The city of Chico offers an outstanding quality of life, and is often rated one of the best small U. S. cities.  With about 90,000 people, the city of Chico has the feel of a friendly small town but it is also a cultural, entertainment, dining, and shopping hub of north central California.

Chico has a great four-season climate, with mild winters and more than 250 days of sunshine. Its location at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills offers excellent access for hiking, camping, skiing, boating, rock climbing, and fishing.  Many of the student clubs contribute to the local arts scene and take advantage of cultural and recreational opportunities in the region.

Starting Salaries

In the most recent survey of starting salaries conducted by National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) (PDF), the average starting salary for computer engineers was the highest for all engineering graduates and electrical/electronic engineering graduates had the third highest starting salary with petroleum engineering in second.