Program Certification (ABET)

Both the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering degrees at Colorado State University are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program Educational Objectives and Outcomes:

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) for both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering programs are statements describing what our students are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. The PEOs are periodically reviewed by program constituencies, including faculty, current undergraduate students in the program, alumni, and industry, to ensure that they remain consistent with the mission statements of the ECE Department, College of Engineering, and Colorado State University, the needs of program constituencies, and ABET criteria.

The ECE PEOs are designed and implemented around the following three principal attributes: mastery, innovation, and leadership:


Graduates of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department will expertly solve engineering problems associated with their professional or educational positions by applying ECE fundamentals, both independently and in a team environment. They will demonstrate technical expertise in identifying, analyzing, formulating, and creating engineering solutions. Their skills and knowledge will reflect both depth and breadth of understanding, including multidisciplinary aspects, within global, societal, and environmental contexts.


They will successfully demonstrate innovation and creativity in their professional practice or advanced education in engineering or other related fields. They will consider holistic and synergistic systems-oriented approaches in their studies, analyses, and designs. They will think strategically and apply their abilities, talents, and insights creatively and productively. They will create solutions that employ the most innovative approaches and current engineering practices, techniques, skills, and tools.


They will be effective, influential, ethical, and inspirational leaders within their organizations and professions, contributing to the overall strength and well-being of society through service and engagement. Possessing an entrepreneurial spirit, they will demonstrate personal initiative, resourcefulness, and integrity. ECE graduates will engage in lifelong learning through advanced education/degrees, professional development, self-learning, and/or other career-appropriate training and educational opportunities. They will communicate effectively, in multiple formats, with their colleagues, professional clients, research collaborators, students, and the public.

Program Outcomes

Outcomes (a) through (k) are very similar for all majors in the College of Engineering, and a general statement of those outcomes is presented in the CSU General Catalog in the College of Engineering section. The student outcomes of the Electrical and Computer Engineering programs are as follows.

Statement of Program Outcomes

Graduates of the undergraduate electrical and computer engineering programs will have:

  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 for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice