Educational Objectives

The Computer Engineering and the Electrical Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Educational Objectives

The Electrical Engineering (EE) and Computer Engineering (CE) curricula are administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). The Educational Objectives of the department's programs are based on the mission of the department and the perceived needs of the constituents, and consistent with Engineering Criteria 2000 (EC2K) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The mission statement has a preamble followed by declarations of four interconnected commitments: to students, to faculty, to alumni, and to the State of Illinois, with the understanding that the latter two include industry.

The Program Educational Objectives of the ECE curricula read as follows:

The University of Illinois Electrical and Computer Engineering programs will produce graduates having the choice, talents, and knowledge to:

  1. Pursue a diverse range of careers as engineers, consultants, and entrepreneurs.
  2. Continue their education in leading graduate programs in engineering and interdisciplinary areas to emerge as researchers, experts, and educators.
  3. Re-learn and innovate in ever-changing global economic and technological environments of the 21st century.
  4. Practice and inspire high ethical and technical standards and communicate to colleagues and the public at large their work and accomplishments.
  5. Lead their professional disciplines, organizations, and communities around the world.


To prepare the student for the Program Educational Objectives to be achieved, a set of Program Outcomes, that is, statements that describe what students are expected to know and are able to do by the time of graduation, have been adopted. These Outcomes, which parallel the ABET EC2K Criterion 3 list of outcomes (see ABET Engineering Criteria 2000) and the applicable Program Criteria, are:

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data
  3. 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. Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. Ability to communicate effectively
  8. Broad education necessary to understand impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. Recognition of the need for and ability to engage in lifelong learning
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. Knowledge of probability and statistics, including applications to electrical/computer engineering
  13. Knowledge of mathematics and of basic and engineering sciences necessary to carry out analysis and design appropriate to electrical/computer engineering
  14. Knowledge of advanced/discrete mathematics