The College of Science and Mathematics offers several options for students interested in engineering. Students interested in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering can declare and complete degrees at UMass Boston. For students interested in specializing in Mechanical Engineering or Civil Engineering, the first two years may be completed at UMass Boston, but students must transfer elsewhere to complete their degrees. Engineering is a demanding field requiring mastery of many quantitative skills, but the rewards include higher than average salaries and plenty of employment opportunities.
The Engineering Program is committed to excellence in Electrical and Computer Engineering education, in research and scholarships, and in strong service to our students, professional and technical societies, and the community.
The ECE graduates are expected to achieve the following goals, within a few years of graduation:
1) Practice as engineers or other professionals in public and private sectors where they apply fundamental mathematical, scientific and engineering principles to provide and communicate practical solutions to problems of technological and social importance;
2) Have the ability to function independently and in multidisciplinary teams with the communication skills and ethical conduct necessary for professional success;
3) Engage in lifelong learning and professional development by acquiring new knowledge, mastering emerging technologies and new tools and methods in workplace;
4) Successfully pursue advanced graduate education in Electrical and Computer Engineering or in other related disciplines.
The student who completes the electrical engineering program or the computer engineering program shall:
1. Be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
2. Be able to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
3. Be able 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. Be able to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
5. Be able to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
6. Have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
7. Be able to communicate effectively;
8. Have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
9. Recognize the need for, and be able to engage in, life-long learning.
10. Have knowledge of contemporary issues;
11. Be able to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.