The related disciplines of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science cover a wide variety of topics from power generation and alternative energy sources to database and computer game design. Students who study these topics are prepared to enter the workforce as computer scientists or electrical, computer, or software engineers. Students in electrical engineering and computer science take jobs in a variety of industries: Computer Chip Manufacturing (Intel, AMD), Power Generation and Distribution (AEP), Defense and Aerospace (Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrup Grumman), Communications (Sprint, Verizon, Garmin), Internet (Google, Amazon.com), and Financial (JP Morgan, etc.) Graduates from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have made successful careers in all of the aforementioned industries. A number of our graduates have started successful companies as well.
Ohio University has a rich history in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Electrical Engineering began at Ohio University in 1891 (one of the first in the nation). The first computer arrived at Ohio University in 1957. The first computer programming classes were taught at Ohio University in 1958, and the first Computer Science curriculum was approved in 1966 (again, one of the first in the nation). Today, the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Ph.D. degrees in both Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.
What do Electrical Engineers, Computer Engineers, and Computer Scientists do?
From global positioning systems to the latest cell phone technology, electrical and electronics engineers research, design, develop, and test new products in a wide range of technologies. Computer engineers deal with the research, design, development, and testing of computer systems in the areas of both computer hardware and software. Computer science is associated with the development and analysis of computer software, computer algorithms, and computing technologies. Most "information age" technologies — e-mail, Web browsing, e-commerce, computer games— are the end result of years of work by computer scientists and engineers.
What degree programs does EECS offer?
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Ph.D. degrees in both Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. At the undergraduate level, the School offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in both Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Within the Electrical Engineering degree program, students may choose either an electrical engineering or a computer engineering concentration. The School offers an academic minor program in Computer Science that is available to students in other majors at the University. Similarly, students may also elect to complete a certificate in Bioinformatics. At the graduate level, the School offers Master of Science degrees in both Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and supports the college-wide Master of Science program in biomedical engineering. The School also offers a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The School also offers a graduate certificate in Bioinformatics.
What about faculty research?
Faculty in the School of Electrical Engineering perform research in a variety of topics in the specific areas of specialization. Much of this research is funded through grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other entities that support academic research. Many faculty in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are actively involved in government- and industry-sponsored research through the Avionics Engineering Center — the only facility of its kind in the U.S. — and the Center for Scientific Computing and Immersive Technology. Recently, faculty in the Center for Scientific Computing and Immersive Technology have been very active in applying computer gaming related technology to practical purposes. This work is performed in the VITAL Lab.
Quarters to Semesters
At the start of the 2012-2013 academic year, Ohio University will transition from a quarter-based calendar to a semesters-based calendar. Current students should view the EECS Q2S advising page
for information concerning the transition plan for this year.