Engineering is a popular degree especially at ASU in the Fulton Schools. Many disciplines have their differences and similarities. However, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are two of the most similar. They have a lot of cross over and even the same classes for the two majors. ASU does indeed ensure they differ especially as students take upper division classes and pursue unique opportunities. Here are five of the most prominent ways it does so
Although CSE and EE degrees are very similar, there are unique classes that ASU offers which differentiates between the two. Since the initial classes are pretty similar-such as coding and digital logic- these classes are typically combined. However, around your second year the classes diverge by major despite the same core ideas. For example, computer basics and boolean logic is divided between EE major and CSE. It will be important to make sure you are confident in which degree you want to pursue at this point!
ASU offers many opportunities to pursue research with faculty or other students. Specifically within engineering, professors know the subtle differences between CSE and EE and therefore provide unique ways to further study these majors. CSE research opportunities involve in depth topics within coding, for example, while EE plans have to do with circuit work or design.
3. Upper Division Choices
Once students reach higher levels of classes, the specifics to their majors become much more prominent. For Electrical Engineering specifically, there are six choices to choose from as a focus. These range from circuits and power to signals/systems. It allows students to really put a stamp on their degree and choose what interests them most. CSE majors choose from upper division classes that they want to learn more about such as math.
ASU has countless clubs on campus that are advertised to attract more students. When it comes to engineering specific clubs, both student run and faculty run clubs promote the difference between engineering degrees. There is IEEE and SODA for example (for EE and CSE majors, respectively), that do work within these majors. This allows students to gather with others of the same major to share ideas.
5. Faculty Events
The faculty will throw events to share more about their personal experiences within their specific major. For Electrical Engineering for instance, faculty will have speeches prepared every week about a certain pathway course to help students gain more information. It is held in the engineering building, Goldwater, where EE majors can ask questions and meet staff. CSE staff have weekend ‘Hack-a-Thons’ and similar events to work with students as well.
Although both CSE and EE are similar in the basic ideas, they still have quite a few prominent differences. For students struggling with deciding which is better suited for them, they should look into these events and ways that ASU promotes the differences! It is also a great way to meet other students and staff within these majors. These events provide more in depth information than what is provided on the ASU website.