Electrical engineering draws on many disciplines. All of them, however, are linked by a common thread: the use and control of electromagnetic energy. Almost all information is captured using electromagnetic, electro-optical, bio-electrical, electro-chemical, or electro-mechanical transducers. The first step of developing a cell phone, car’s parking assistance system, or space probe is designing transducers, related electronics, and algorithms to process the captured information. With a degree in electrical engineering, you’ll learn these skills and be prepared to begin a career in a wide range of fields, from robotics to medical imaging.
A solid foundation
As an electrical engineering student, you will begin by building a strong foundation in the basics – physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science – all of which are necessary for a successful understanding of engineering.
Theory and application
After establishing a foundation, you will enhance your understanding of the theory and application of electrical engineering through courses designed to help you acquire specific techniques and skills in subject areas such as electrophysics, electronics, signals and systems, and computers.
Exploring electrical engineering’s diverse disciplines
You will also enroll in technical electives to help you gain a broader understanding of the subfields of electrical engineering, such as communications, signal processing, control systems, solid-state devices, materials, photonics, circuit design, computer systems, and software.
Expanding your horizons
The ECE Department offers specialized concentrations to allow students to complement their undergraduate degrees. Students interested in the impact of energy innovations or green technology can focus on Energy Technologies and Environmental Engineering. Students can also concentrate on Nanotechnology, one of engineering’s most rapidly advancing fields. These optional concentrations add another dimension to the bachelor’s degree at a time when the demand for interdisciplinary engineers is growing. Learn more about these concentrations.
Bringing an invention to life is one the most engaging and integral aspects of engineering—that’s why we designed our undergraduate program to culminate with a full-scale, hands-on design project. During your senior year, you will work in a small team with other electrical engineering and computer systems students in a two-semester capstone design project. Your team will design and prototype a product, electronic device, or software system from scratch for real-life customers drawn from industry, business, the community, faculty, and staff. You will learn design methods, project management, team dynamics, communication skills, and legal and ethical standards for design. To learn more about these projects, check out the Senior Design section of our website.
A total of 130 credits are required for graduation.