Prospective Students

Haley Breedlove
UNH Women's Hockey Team
Electrical Engineering Junior


Teagan Northrup

 Teagan Northrup
UNH Women's LaCrosse Team 
Electrical Engineering Freshman

Many ECE students participate in campus clubs, intramural sports, varsity sports teams, student government and organizations, leadership activities, Greek Life and a whole host of recreational activities.


Electrical Engineering and Computing Engineering are two exciting professions that provide a life time of challenging and creative opportunities, not to mention a very competitive salary and good benefits.  Electrical and computer engineers have made many outstanding contributions to our society and world.  They have invented and made advances in such areas as:

  • energy production and distribution (including renewable energy systems such as solar, wind and geothermal)
  • communication systems (including radio, television, cellular phones, and the Internet)
  • bioengineering (including advanced diagnostics tools such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners)
  • aerospace (including scientific, weather and GPS satellites)
  • computer systems (including desk-top and embedded computing)
  • manufacturing (including robots that automate the production process)
  • semiconductors (including advanced central processing units such as the multi-core Pentium)
  • transportation and automotive (including motor control units that greatly improve the efficiency of combustion engines)

Prospective students should visit the UNH Admissions Office to obtain information about the application process, tuitionfinancial aid and requirements for admission.

Transfer students should contact one of the ECE Department's transfer student coordinators to arrange a meeting to discuss the process for transferring to one of the ECE degree programs.  Our faculty transfer-student coordinators will evaluate transfer credits and suggest course schedules helping to expedite the transfer to UNH.

Career Guidance:

Interested students should take as many math and science courses as possible. Junior-high school students should take extra math, and if inspired, explore pre-algebra and geometry. High-school students should take advanced algebra, chemistry, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, physics, and if possible take electronics and engineering concept courses.

Some high schools offer courses in basic electric circuits, software code development and introductory digital electronics.  Any exposure to electrical and computer engineering concepts such as building computer systems and hobbies related to exploring the fundamentals of electricity are very helpful.

What You will Study at the Undergraduate Level:

Core courses taken by all ECE students include such topics as circuits, electronics, signal processing, electromagnetics, digital design, computer architecture, code development and embedded computing. Laboratory courses play an important role in reinforcing the concepts learned in the lecture courses. The core curriculum builds on a foundation of basic courses in calculus, physics, chemistry, and the humanities. Additional courses draw from other disciplines such as computer science, mechanical engineering, biology, economics, fine arts, history, world cultures, social science and the environment. All ECE students complete a senior capstone design project in their area of interest.

Many students gain valuable hands-on experience by working in UNH research laboraotries or as interns in local engineering and manufacturing companies. 

UNH's InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) tests networking and data communications products. The UNH-IOL is the only full-scale, non-profit test lab in the world that balances industry expertise with the real-world training of future engineers. The UNH-IOL employs ECE students beginning their freshman year.


The aim of the Consolidated Advanced Technologies Laboratory (CATlab) "Project54" is to integrate embedded mobile computing equipment and wireless networking into police cruisers and other safety vehicles. The system uses voice technology, as well as integration with car-based electronics systems to offer advanced support for police and other safety workers. Project54 employees ECE students to help develop and test these complex safety vehicle systems. 

UNH's Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research provides the resources and financial support for the research, scholarly and creative projects of UNH students.  Many ECE students have applied for and been awarded undergraduate research grants.