Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering

Chairperson: V.A. Labay
Professors: G. Allwine (Emeritus), R. Birgenheier (Emeritus), G. Braileanu, V.A. Labay, C. Tavora
Associate Professors: S. Schennum
Assistant Professor: Y. Ji
Lecturer: D. Tran, S.J.

The purpose of the electrical engineering (EE) and computer engineering (CpE) programs is to develop knowledgeable and competent engineering professionals who exemplify the humanistic, Catholic, and Jesuit tradition of education, and who are committed to social justice, service to others, life-long learning, ethical and moral responsibility, and concern for the environment. The integration of the Gonzaga University core curriculum as an essential part of the EE and CpE curricula gives the programs their distinct and desirable characteristics.

The University core curriculum includes a structured program in theology, philosophy, thought and expression, written and oral communication skills, and English literature. Roughly half of the credits in either the EE or the CpE program are devoted to engineering topics and design. Both programs include four technical electives to allow students to pursue specialization in one or more areas of electrical engineering and/or computer engineering. During their final year, students complete a design project, which involves both technical and non-technical aspects of an engineering problem, under faculty supervision. The senior design project culminates in a comprehensive written report and an oral presentation.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our EE and CpE programs are well prepared to embark on careers in electrical engineering or computer engineering, or to further their education at graduate schools of their choice. Our graduates find employment with a broad segment of industry, as well as with governmental agencies. Employment opportunities include the design of electronic products, design of electrical systems, development of computer, hardware, software/firmware, computer applications, research and development, engineering consulting, electrical utilities, manufacturing, marketing, operations and maintenance, administration, and teaching. Moreover, electrical and computer engineers traditionally engage in interdisciplinary fields, such as aerospace engineering, national defense systems, global communication systems, biomedical engineering, instrumentation, transportation systems, energy conversion, robotics, and industrial automation. Many of our graduates have distinguished themselves at some of the best graduate schools in the USA. Moreover, a substantial number of our graduates have achieved high positions in academia, business, and government.

The SEAS core curriculum represents a common body of knowledge. The engineering programs core consists of fifty-three credits which are common to and required of all engineering degree programs in the school: the first thirty-two credits (of which there is a more complete description in the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue) form the University core requirement while the remaining twenty-one credits are required by engineering degree programs.

All undergraduate students are subject to the provisions of this core; transfer students, however, should consult the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue for possible modifications to the philosophy and religious studies requirements listed below. Substitutions for discontinued courses are required and authorized by the proper University authorities. The University and School core requirements are grouped into the following categories.

University requirements
  1. Thought and Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably taken in the same semester).
  2. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and PHIL 400 level elective.
  3. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, RELI 200, and RELI 300 levels: one elective from each level.
  4. Mathematics (4 credits): one MATH (not CPSC) course at the 100 level or above: engineering students must use MATH 157.
  5. English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102, ENGL 103H, ENGL 105 or ENGL 106.
Engineering program specific:
  1. Mathematics (11 credits): MATH 258, MATH 259, MATH 260.
  2. Physics (4 credits): PHYS 103, PHYS 103L.
  3. Chemistry (4 credits): CHEM 101, CHEM 101L.
Computer Science program specific:
  1. Mathematics (17 credits): MATH 157, MATH 231, MATH 258, 2 300/400 level electives.
  2. Lab Science (12 credits): Students are encouraged to take 16 credits.
  3. History (6 credits): see program description section.
  4. Fine Arts (3 credits): see program description section.
  5. Literature (3 credits): see program description section.
  6. Social Science (6 credits): see program description section.
  7. Foreign Language or Culture (3 credits): see program description section.
  8. Social Justice (3 credits): see program description section.