Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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EECS is an abbreviation for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. It is a designation used at some universities for the major or department that blends these two fields together. Curriculum for an EECS degree is comparable to the curriculum for a degree in Computer Engineering.[1]

One reason behind linking the two areas of study is to provide students with a broad overview of both software and hardware. However there are also reasons for not blending departments: Students who major in theoretical computer science, studying such topics as algorithm analysis and software engineering, may not have any use for extensive electrical engineering classes.

Not every university uses the EECS designation. Several universities, for example, have separate EE/ECE and CS departments/majors. Other schools use the similar Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) (Electrical and Computer Engineering) designation. Additionally, some schools which offer an EECS degree also offer degrees in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science separately.


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