Electrical Engineering was originally founded on the power systems and electronics industries. However, it has grown rapidly, particularly in recent years, to include a broad range of technologies. Currently, it encompasses
Analog and Digital Electronic
Optoelectronics and Photonics
Automated Control Systems
The undergraduate program in electrical engineering emphasizes fundamental concepts with functional understanding to prepare the engineering graduate for a lifelong, professional career. That is, the curriculum is designed not only to teach the fundamental concepts but also to convey the importance of applying these same ideas to different types of engineering and non-engineering problems. The curriculum also includes studies in thermal engineering, mechanics, computer programming, economics, and oral and written communications.
The program is divided into pre-engineering (lower-division) and upper-division engineering, with the division essentially occurring between the sophomore and junior years. The pre-engineering program reflects a concentration of preliminary science, mathematics, and engineering courses to prepare the student for upper division studies. Students are admitted to the upper-division program upon completion of the pre-engineering program with suitable grades. The upper-division program consists of core courses in electronics; digital systems, microprocessors, and computer programming; electromagnetics; power systems and energy conversion; continuous and discrete time systems; controls; and communications. The lower and upper division core curricula provide the needed foundation for a variety of technical areas in electrical engineering. The design experience is emphasized throughout the program, with particular emphasis on the team concept in the capstone courses. Through careful selection of technical electives, the student may specialize in certain fields of electrical engineering. Two concentrations specifically delineated are digital/microprocessors and telecommunications. Information on these areas is available in the Electrical Engineering Department Advising Office. In addition, there are opportunities to participate in ongoing research projects of the faculty in Electrical Engineering and at the Automation and Robotics Research Institute. Independent study credit can be obtained through EE 4391 Advanced Problems in Electrical Engineering. Finally, professional ethics, safety, and related issues are addressed in the EE 3191 Junior Electrical Engineering Seminar course. The curriculum is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Committee of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).