Trends in Electrical Engineering Education

In summary, there is a trend in some electrical engineering programs to prioritize programming skills over a more hands-on/electronics approach. This is motivated by the demand for these skills in both industry and academia. Schools such as MIT, U of Toronto, and U Waterloo are known for their emphasis on programming and computer science. While EE programs used to be more uniform, there is now a shift towards incorporating more programming into the curriculum. Some schools only require one semester of C programming, while others use programming in various classes. This shift is likely due to the ongoing digital revolution and the need for engineers with strong programming skills.
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Hi.

Is there a movement in some electrical engineering programs to favour programming skills over a more hands on/electronics approach (if I could call it that)?

If so, what is the motivation for this? Trends in skills demanded by industry/academia?

Schools associated with more programming/CS skills include MIT and U of Toronto (I imagine U Waterloo as well).

I thought EE programs were pretty uniform, with some schools having more established reputations than others of course.

Just asking.

PS: Sorry I do not have any links. These are things I come across and don't pay much attention to at first.
 
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My school requires only 1 semester of C programming or 1 of C and 1 of Java if you're doing the computer design track.

Alot of classes use a programming though and require to know the basics before you start them.
 
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@Chunkysalsa: Thanks for the response.

I noticed a similar thread by Jurassic at the bottom of the page. It should have occurred to me that the ongoing digital revolution would be behind the apparent shift at some schools (the most research-oriented I might add) toward becoming more programming-based.
 

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