The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is the largest department in the McCormick School with more than 50 full-time faculty members, about 500 undergraduate students, and about 250 graduate students.
The department is comprised of three academic divisions: electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science, each conducting important, groundbreaking research, and each offering undergraduate and graduate degree-granting programs.
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The department offers bachelors of science degrees in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science. The computer engineering and electrical engineering programs are accredited by ABET. A bachelor of arts degree in computer science is available to students who are enrolled in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. A minor in computer science is also available.
The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science also accommodates current students from across Northwestern who may have an interest in one of our programs. We offer introductory courses in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science.
At the graduate level, the department offers master’s degrees in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science. We also offer the PhD in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science. The broad interdisciplinary interests of our faculty members means there is a lot of overlap in the three degrees.
PhD candidates may elect to participate in the Crown Family Graduate Internship Program. This opportunity allows the doctoral candidate to gain practical experience in industry or in national research laboratories in areas closely related to his or her research. Computer science PhD students may earn a specialization in cognitive science by taking six cognitive science courses.
The department is also affiliated with three professional master’s programs at Northwestern: the master of science in information systems, the master of science in information technology, and the master of science in robotics.
Faculty members in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are internationally renowned, have won countless awards, and have a deep commitment to students. Many faculty members are members of prestigious scholarly societies.
Although faculty members each have a primary affiliation with one of the three academic divisions in the department, the broad teaching and research interests of our faculty members means many of them have secondary division affiliations. Therefore, a tremendous amount of interdisciplinarity and cross-program collaborations take place in the department.
The department has state-of-the-art research equipment and the considerable resources offered by a great university. Students have access to research and teaching facilities, ranging from laboratories for electronic devices to parallel computers and worldwide-distributed testbeds.
Faculty members in each of the three divisions conduct research across all areas of the electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science fields. The department has six research interest groups that not only support faculty research, but they also support PhD students. The research interest groups are:
- Cognitive Systems
- Graphics and Interactive Media
- Computer Engineering and Systems
- Computing, Algorithms, and Applications
- Signals and Systems
- Solid State and Photonics
Tech Reports is a digital archive of research publications from 1990 to the present day written by faculty members and students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University. Tech reports also publishes reports by The Institute for Learning Sciences.
The jobs board is a resource that serves students and alumni of the department, providing them with information about internships, jobs, and hiring events in the fields of electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science.
The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science hosts several seminars during the academic year, enriching the learning experience our students receive.