Objectives & Stats

The undergraduate BS program in electrical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Additionally, the program provides a comprehensive background in electrical engineering, while offering significant flexibility in the areas pursued in depth through elective coursework and research projects. This breadth and depth prepares students for any future career path including work in engineering, careers in related mathematically-intensive fields, and further professional or graduate education.

Program Educational Objectives

In support of the mission of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the educational objective of the Electrical Engineering program is to prepare graduates to achieve success in one or more of the following within a few years after graduation:

  1. Graduate or professional studies—as evidenced by admission to a top-tier program, attainment of advanced degrees, research contributions, or professional recognition.
  2. Engineering practice—as evidenced by entrepreneurship; employment in industry, government, academia, or nonprofit organizations in engineering; patents; or professional recognition.
  3. Careers outside of engineering that take advantage of an engineering education—as evidenced by contributions appropriate to the chosen field.

Our department periodically reviews these objectives and as part of this review process, encourages comments from all interested parties: current students, alumni, prospective students, faculty, teaching assistants, those who hire or admit our graduates to other programs, members of related professional organizations, and colleagues from other educational institutions. Please send comments to our ABET coordinator, Charles Zukowski (caz at columbia.edu).

Student Outcomes

An accredited engineering program must define a set of specific student outcomes that include but are not necessarily limited to items a-k listed below.  We regularly review the courses in our curriculum to make sure that all these items are covered, and assess whether our students are successfully attaining these goals.

  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 on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  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 and ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 

EE Program Statistics (As of June 2019)

Class (projection upon entry into EE '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21
Columbia, declared sophomore year 11 14 15 13 12 14 8
Transfer, declared upon arrival 2 2 1 1 0 1  
Combined plan, arrived for junior year 16 19 10 12 16 19  
Switched major to EE junior year or later 2 0 2 1 0 0  
Total entering class size 31 35 28 27 28 34  
Graduated with expected class 26 29 19 23 27    
Graduated early 0 2 0 0 0    
Graduated late due to BS/MS program 0 0 0 0 0    
Graduated late due to leave of absence 2 2 1 0 0    
Graduated late due to exension 3 1 1 1 0    
Total graduated with Columbia BSEE 31 33 21 24 27    
Withdrew from EE Program 0 1 5 0 0    
Switched major from EE junior year or later 0 0 2 1 0    
Students still enrolled/ working on degree 0 0 0 2 1    
  • 18 EE graduates, May 2014
  • 35 EE graduates, May 2013
  • 22 EE graduates, May 2012
  • 30 EE graduates, May 2011
  • 26 EE graduates, May 2010

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