Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

The ECE degree program is designed to provide the key elements of both an electrical engineering and a computer engineering curriculum. It also provides additional courses that involve the business and entrepreneurial aspects of engineering. Graduates of this program are prepared for larger breadth in job opportunities than are typically available in a traditional electrical engineering program. A BS/MS Program for completing both a BS in ECE and a MS in EE in five years is available (see below). For additional information or an advising appointment, please contact our office by phone (816) 235-1193 or e-mail to

Educational Objectives

The undergraduate degree in ECE is designed so that graduates will attain employment in electrical and/or computer engineering and advance their careers in this field or achieve success in other areas. Some graduates will become registered professional engineers and/or pursue advanced studies.

Career Implications

Job opportunities abound for electrical and computer engineering majors. In terms of starting salaries and the number of job offers, ECE graduates compare favorably with other engineering graduates. In addition, the ECE curriculum at UMKC equips the graduate with the analytical decision-making skills necessary to pursue diverse technical, managerial and entrepreneurial career opportunities.

Admission Requirements

High school students planning to apply to the electrical and computer engineering program should pursue a college preparatory program that emphasizes mathematics, science and communication skills.

First-time college student applicants to the undergraduate program in electrical and computer engineering will be admitted if they obtain:

  1. An ACT mathematics score of at least 25 and
  2. An ACT composite score of at least 24 or
    a high school class rank in the upper 25 percent.

First-time college student applicants who do not meet the above criteria but do meet UMKC general admission requirements may be admitted on probation or into the University College.

Students seeking re-admission must have been in good academic standing when last enrolled. Otherwise, re-admission requires a formal review by the degree program committee.

Transfer student information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations section of the catalog.

University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Be able to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 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
  • Be able to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Be able to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Be able to understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • Be able to communicate effectively
  • Be able to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • Be able to recognize of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Have knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Be able to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Program Requirements

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I (ANCH 150 Recommended) 13
Anchor II (ANCH 203 Recommended) 13
Anchor III (ANCH 308 Required; Satisfied in program requirements below)
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A 13
Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.
Total Credits18

See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Constitutional History of the United States
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3

 Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

Major Requirements

Math Requirements
ALEKS Math Placement
MATH 110 (College Algebra; Typically not required due to ACT Admission Requirement)
MATH 120 (Pre-Calculus; Typically not required due to ACT Admission Requirement)
MATH 210Calculus I (Focus B) 14
MATH 220Calculus II4
COMP-SCI 394RApplied Probability3
E&C-ENGR 241Applied Engineering Analysis I3
E&C-ENGR 341RApplied Engineering Analysis II3
Life and Physical Sciences Requirements
CHEM 211General Chemistry I (Focus B)4
or BIOLOGY 102 Biology and Living
CHEM 211LExperimental General Chemistry I1
or BIOLOGY 102L Biology and Living Laboratory
PHYSICS 240Physics For Scientists and Engineers I (Focus B)5
PHYSICS 250Physics For Scientists and Engineers II (Focus B)5
Higher Order Thinking Requirements
E&C-ENGR 216Engineering Computation4
E&C-ENGR 420Advanced Engineering Computation2
Electrical and Computer Engineering Requirements
ANCH 308Ethical Issues in Computing & Engineering3
E&C-ENGR 130Engineering Graphics3
E&C-ENGR 226Logic Design3
E&C-ENGR 227Logic Design Laboratory1
E&C-ENGR 228Introduction to Computer Design3
E&C-ENGR 229Introduction to Computer Design Laboratory1
E&C-ENGR 250Engineering Mechanics and Thermodynamics3
E&C-ENGR 276Circuit Theory I3
E&C-ENGR 277Circuit Theory I Lab1
E&C-ENGR 302Electromagnetic Waves and Fields4
E&C-ENGR 330Electronic Circuits3
E&C-ENGR 331Electronic Circuits Laboratory1
E&C-ENGR 334Semiconductors and Devices3
E&C-ENGR 358Introduction to Control Systems3
or E&C-ENGR 474 Introduction to Communication Systems
E&C-ENGR 376Circuit Theory II3
E&C-ENGR 377Circuit Theory II Lab1
E&C-ENGR 380Signals and Systems3
E&C-ENGR 381Signals and Systems Lab1
E&C-ENGR 402Senior Design I 2
E&C-ENGR 403Senior Design II1
E&C-ENGR 426Microcomputer Architecture and Interfacing3
E&C-ENGR 427Microcomputer Laboratory1
E&C-ENGR 428REmbedded Systems3
E&C-ENGR 429Embedded Systems Laboratory1
E&C-ENGR 466Power Systems I3
Senior Electives
Take 3 elective courses at the 400 level in ECE.9
Take one elective course at the 400 level in ECE, COMP-SCI, INFO-TEC, or PHYSICS.3
Total Credits107

Students must have passed with a "C" or better either PreCalculus or College Algebra and Trigonometry and passed the Math Entrance Test called ALEKS.

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 128

Four Year Program Sample

For suggested four year plans, please see the registrar’s website:

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.