Electrical Engineering Major
Electrical Engineering is a broad field that includes power systems, control systems, microelectronics and nanoelectronics, microprocessors and computer networks, telecommunications (wire, wireless, satellite and fiber optic), remote sensing, signal processing, neural networks, medical devices, optics (electro-optics, optoelectronics and photonics) and other emerging technologies.
Electrical engineers must be prepared to apply fundamental concepts in the applications of new technologies and to contribute to the growth of these technologies. They must also have the skills to communicate their ideas and to manage projects within a schedule and budget. Because of the broad nature of the field, electrical engineers are involved in a wide range of engineering design projects and must be able to employ knowledge from other disciplines in electrical engineering designs. They must also be prepared to support engineers in other disciplines.
Engineering designs are a team effort and require good communication skills, both oral and written. Therefore it is important that each student develops these necessary communication skills.
The benefit of having an education in electrical engineering is that the student is prepared for a career not only in technical areas but also for further training in other disciplines such as medicine, law, public policy, business, economics, management, and teaching.
The program in electrical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. Read more about why accreditation matters.
The ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science program in Electrical Engineering had a Fall 2017 enrollment of 394 students and had 63 graduates during the 2016-17 academic year.