The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at SUNY New Paltz is committed to academic excellence.  We offer high-quality undergraduate and master’s programs that prepare students to participate effectively as members of the engineering profession of today and tomorrow and to function as thoughtful and responsible members of modern society.  We strive to create and maintain a challenging learning environment supportive of engineering study for a diverse student body.  As well, we provide engineering education and technical support to the campus community, regional industry and the community-at-large.


This mission follows closely those of our institution and is stated as:

  1. Offering high-quality undergraduate programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a master’s program in Electrical Engineering to a diverse student body.
  2. Providing engineering education and technical support to the campus community, regional industry and the community-at-large.
  3. Admitting students who show promise of succeeding in the challenging field of engineering.
  4. Having our students gain technical knowledge, social skills and confidence to contribute as productive and responsible members of the engineering profession and the society.


The Division of Engineering Programs offers a comprehensive program in electrical engineering which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012. Students may choose electives in microelectronics, communications, signal processing, control, robotics, energy conversion, microwaves, electromagnetics and computer engineering.

Electrical engineering continues to be a growth program in the field of engineering due to a rapidly changing technological society and expanding industrial needs. The New Paltz program is designed to meet these needs generally and those of the Mid-Hudson Valley specifically.

The curriculum consists of a humanities and social sciences component, a pre-engineering phase (pre-engineering major code 516) and upper division engineering coursework (electrical engineering major code 517). Electrical engineering students must meet a modified General Education 2 requirement. This includes the pre-engineering courses in mathematics and science and the humanities/social science sequence. The pre-engineering and humanities/social sciences requirements are exactly the same for all programs.

Program Educational Objectives of the Electrical Engineering Program

Program Educational Objectives describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve in three to five years. The educational objectives of the Electrical and Computer Engineering program are to produce graduates who attain:

  1. An ability to enter professional careers or pursue graduate studies in electrical or computer engineering or related fields.
  2. An ability to advance in their professional careers through completion of engineering projects that utilize teamwork and communication skills, life-long learning, independent and creative thinking, and leadership, with adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct


  3. An ability to advance in their careers by completing graduate coursework, earning graduate degrees, and conducting, presenting and publishing original research, with adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct. 
  4. An ability to work beyond their primary responsibilities by providing service through active membership in professional societies and/or by being a productive member of their community.

Student Outcomes of the Electrical Engineering Program

Engineering students, by graduation time, will attain:

  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.


Annual student enrollment and graduation data

Undergraduate Electrical Engineering Enrollment




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BSEE Degree Granted


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This program is to facilitate a fast-track Master of Science degree in electrical engineering.  The program is open to SUNY New Paltz students who are currently enrolled in their last semester of the junior standing, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in electrical or computer engineering.

To be eligible, students must have completed the first semester of their junior year in residence at SUNY New Paltz. Moreover, they must have an overall SUNY New Paltz GPA of at least 3.0. The qualified students may apply for admission to the Graduate School through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The accepted students are permitted to enroll in two 500-level graduate courses (six credits). These courses, in addition to satisfying students’ bachelor’s degrees, will count toward their master’s degrees. The remaining 24 credits of the master's requirement will be taken in the fifth year of study. 

To apply students should submit the following:

  • A signed application form
  • A New Paltz transcript (they are free)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • $50.00 graduate application fee

Below is the link to the graduate application form for:
BS Electrical Engineering/MS Electrical Engineering (major code 267):

Once admitted to the B.S./M.S. program, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all courses through the senior year. In addition, students must earn a B or better in each of the two graduate courses. Students not satisfying these requirements will be re-evaluated for continuation in the program.

Minor in Business

Engineering students can Minor in Business by taking either Plan A or Plan B course work.  Plan A is recommended to those pursuing an MBA afterward.  Otherwise, Plan B is suggested.

Plan A – 21 credits                 

BUS201 Financial Accounting (3)                                               
ECO206 Introduction to Microeconomics (3)                               
ECO207 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3)                              
BUS271 Legal Environment of Business (3)                                
BUS311 Statistics for Business & Economics II (3)                     
BUS341 Fundamentals of Corporate Finance (3)                         
EGE370 Engineering Statistics (3)                                             
EGE370 Engineering Statistics (3)

Plan B – 24 credits

BUS201 Financial Accounting (3)

ECO206 Introduction to Microeconomics (3)

ECO207 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3)

BUS215 Business Decision Support System (3)

BUS250 Principles of Management (3)

BUS325 Marketing (3)

BUS341 Fundamentals of Corporate Finance (3)

Refer to for business course descriptions.


Our students graduate with an understanding of the roles, responsibilities and professional ethics expected of engineers; with the communication and teamwork skills needed to function effectively in a range of work environments and with the ability to think critically and adapt to a changing world.  Our graduates are well prepared to be successful in entry-level positions in industry and research and to pursue further study and advancement in their chosen fields. 


Industry Involvement and Co-op/fieldwork Program

A key feature of engineering at New Paltz is the close working relationship the department enjoys with local high-technology industry.  The interest and support of industry inspired the development of the program and now ensures that it will remain relevant to expanding and changing industrial needs.  We encourage our students to participate in co-op/fieldwork experiences while at New Paltz, and we maintain a high after-graduation placement rate. Students, who complete a pre-arranged and supervised co-op/fieldwork and submit a report, receive 3 credits.


Engineering Advisory Board (EAB)
The Engineering Department has a very active external advisory board with participants contributing from the many high tech engineering and related companies located in the Hudson Valley.  The EAB’s mission is to assist the SUNY New Paltz Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in insuring that the curriculum provides high quality student interns, co-ops and graduates for local industries.  The EAB does this by providing feedback for the engineering curriculum, helping provide intern and co-op positions for our students, providing full-time employment information and opportunities for graduating students, and helping to identify speakers for the engineering seminar program.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Opportunities are available for undergraduate students through the AC2 (Alliance for Minority Program and Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program Community, for economically disadvantaged and minority students) and the School of Science and Engineering (for all students) to conduct research during the summer.  Students receive a generous stipend.  Undergraduate research enhances student’s chance in pursuing a graduate education and finding a suitable engineering job.

Learning Environment
Engineering students at New Paltz have the opportunity to study in an environment supportive of their academic needs. Engineering courses are taught by research-oriented engineering faculty.  Our small class and laboratory sizes encourage faculty/student interaction.  Students have access to a well-equipped infrastructure including state-of-the-art facilities, industry-standard laboratories and modern computer facilities. 

The Program Requirements Checklist                                                                                                 
Each program requirements are listed in the program course checklist and are included in every student file.  At the end of each semester, student grades are transferred into the program course checklist.  When the course checklist is completed, and the student has satisfied all program requirements, he/she is then eligible to graduate.  The program course checklist is used for advising and planning purposes as well.


The Engineering Department offers several seminars each semester that cover a variety of subjects.  To partially satisfy the life-long learning requirement of ABET (The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), engineering students are required to attend at least five engineering seminars and write a brief report on
each one (that is to be included in their file).  Only two reports per semester are accepted. 

Engineering Design
ABET requires that each student complete one and one half years of engineering topics to include engineering sciences and engineering design appropriate to the student’s field of study.  At New Paltz, the design experience is developed and integrated throughout the engineering curriculum. 

The experience begins in Introduction to Engineering Science with an introduction to basic engineering design.  As engineering majors progress through the major, they gain engineering design experience at increasing levels of complexity within many of the engineering core and technical elective courses.  Open-ended problems are assigned and students must complete design projects in many of their courses.  Advanced elective courses afford students the opportunity to complete more substantial design projects in their areas of interest. 

To assist students in choosing courses with appropriate design content, each course is assigned a number of design credits.  Our engineering programs require sixteen or more engineering design credits to be completed by the time of graduation.  Each student is required to maintain a design folder on file with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  By the time of graduation, the folder must contain at least 5 increasingly complex design projects, for which two projects must be from an elective and/or senior level courses.  (This is a strict graduation requirement.)

In the senior year, the design experience culminates in a major design project completed in the courses Senior Design I and II.  Under the guidance of the engineering faculty, students draw on the technical knowledge and skills that they have developed throughout the undergraduate experience in order to select and complete a substantial design project.  The project grade is based on a formal report, an oral presentation (attended by engineering faculty, students, and constituents), and the project’s overall performance.  Senior design projects may be chosen from any of the areas of specialization in which the Division of Engineering Programsoffers technical elective courses.


Department Support in Student Activities and Senior Design Projects
The Department financially supports student related activities such as:  job fairs, conferences and compensates (a reasonable amount) the cost of Senior Design Projects.



Students are encouraged to involve themselves in one or more of the organizations within the Department.   Such interaction supplements the classroom experience.  Part of this experience may be provided by the activities of these organizations, and they are recommended for the student as a balancing influence.


Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE Honor Society)
HKN is the national electrical and computer engineering honor society.  The chapter at SUNY New Paltz was established in New Paltz in 1999.  The society’s purpose is to recognize outstanding juniors and seniors in Electrical and Computer Engineering and to promote interaction between faculty and students.  Candidates for membership are by invitation and have been judged worthy not only by their academic excellence, but also in regard to their qualifications, in respect to:  common sense and the ability to use the knowledge, information and ideas they have acquired; capacity and willingness for hard work; congeniality and adaptability for working in harmony with all sorts of people.  Formal initiations are held once a year, either in the fall or spring semester.  HKN sets up tutoring schedules and supports various Department social activities.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
IEEE is the major professional organization of electrical and computer engineering.  Each school has a student branch which is intended to sponsor a social and professional program to familiarize the student with the parent organization, which is the second largest professional society in the world.  The student branch sponsors tours of various facilities on and off campus and promotes seminars.  Members attend an IEEE Banquet hosted annually by the Mid-Hudson Section; members receive a monthly magazine, as well as reduced rates on other technical publications of special interest.  Membership is open to all students in Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science and Engineering curricula.

NSBE (National Society for Black Engineers)
NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community”.  NSBE strive to accomplish the following:  stimulate and develop student interest in the various engineering disciplines; strive to increase the number of minority students studying engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; encourage members to seek advanced degrees in engineering or related fields and to obtain professional engineering registrations; promote public awareness of engineering and the opportunities for Blacks and other minorities in that profession; function as a representative body on issues and developments that affect the careers of Black Engineers.

SWE (Society of Women Engineers)
Why join SWE?  When you join SWE you’re joining more than an organization – you’re joining a movement toward equality and opportunity for women in engineering.  Our mission is focused but our impact is vast.  We provide the resources you need whether you are beginning, resuming, or building your career.  We also encourage creative and intelligent girls at an early age to explore the field of engineering.  SWE was started at SUNY New Paltz in 2008 and is very active.  Men are welcome also.

SUNY Hawk Solar Car Racing Team
SUNY Hawk Solar Car Racing Team is not open just to Electrical and Computer Engineering students but to all students.  Students experience, from beginning to end, the whole design process using cutting edge technologies in various fields of engineering.  The team has participated in track races with some of the top universities in the country, races in Texas, and will be going cross country from Texas to Canada in 2010.