School and Ranking Information
Of the three schools, one is a 2-year college mainly offering associate degrees and certificates. The next two schools are both 4-year universities. However, one of the schools is a private school and its estimated student expenses are roughly twice the price of the public institution. Based on available programs and the cost of tuition, the following school is the top school in the area to study electronics and computer technology:
- Winner : The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an academic and research institution offering 133 undergraduate and graduate programs on three campuses. Its undergraduate engineering program is among the top 140 in the nation. The university offers a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and a doctorate related to electronics and computer technology through its College of Engineering.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Texas at San Antonio|
|Rankings||Tied for #164 in High School Counselor Rankings (2014); Tied for #139 in Undergraduate Engineering Programs (2014); #102 Graduate Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering (2014)*|
|Location||San Antonio, TX|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||$8,737 (in-state), $20,050 (out-of-state)*|
|Electronics and Computer Technology Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate|
|Electronics and Computer Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||146**|
|Most Popular Electronics and Computer Technology Degree Level in 2013||Bachelor's**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||30%**|
|Noteworthy||Engineering school has a co-op program where students spend certain semesters gaining work experience in lieu of college courses***|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Texas at San Antonio
- Research in a variety of areas, including communications, signal processing and microelectromechanical systems
- Seniors complete an intensive design project that has an emphasis on teamwork
- Seniors are also required to design circuits in an intensive lab
Opened in 1969, UTSA now enrolls more than 30,000 students annually. In addition to eight colleges and a graduate school, UTSA features a library with a collection of more than 1.2 million volumes. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in UTSA's College of Engineering offers five degree programs at undergraduate through doctoral levels.
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering prepares students for a variety of careers. Fundamental courses in calculus, engineering physics and chemistry lay the groundwork for core topics in electrical circuits and devices, network theory, electrical design and microcomputer systems. Classes on probability and random signals offer supporting concepts.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering program takes a broad approach to computer engineering, training students to build and operate digital and computer systems. Topics such as discrete math, logic design, computer organization and embedded systems all play a role. Other concepts include computer organization and architecture, C++, high-level digital design languages (HDL) and network theory. Students spend considerable time practicing hands-on skills in electrical engineering lab classes.
The Master of Science in Computer Engineering requires a bachelor's degree in electrical or computer engineering. The curriculum is centered around four themes: field-programmable gate array (FPGA) and HDL, engineering programming, computer architecture and very-large-scale integration (VLSI) system design. Supporting courses offer topical discussions on those themes and additional subjects, such as software engineering and microelectronics. Artificial intelligence and computer graphics are among the electives. A research seminar is required for both thesis and non-thesis options.
The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering requires a baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering or a related field for entry. Students interested in research may choose the thesis option; for an applied engineering focus, a non-thesis option is available as well. All participants take core classes before selecting one as a concentration. The five options are electronic materials and micro devices, systems and control, communications, computer engineering and digital signal processing. Graduates are expected to take leadership roles in the electrical engineering profession.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering usually requires a master's degree for entry, but highly qualified students may be admitted with a bachelor's degree. Candidates study the five core topics outlined in the above master's program and choose one as a research concentration. They must pass exams on three of the topics, including their concentration. Candidates must also write and orally defend a dissertation. Graduates are expected to contribute original knowledge to their field of expertise.