Electrical Engineering

What Is It?:

Electrical engineering is a discipline with an astounding progression of technological innovations, based on the use of electricity, which have shaped virtually every aspect of modern life.  Because of the variety of possible applications, electrical engineers need a broad background in mathematics and physics, as well as strong hands-on experimental work or solid knowledge of theoretical, mathematical and computational approaches.  As technology progresses, the multidisciplinary aspects of electrical engineering are becoming more important to meet the growing demand for the increasingly complex design of electrical and electronic systems in consumer, defense, and medical applications.

The curriculum starts with a core of fundamental courses on circuits, electromagnetics, solid-state electronics, and computer systems, leading to a comprehensive array of specialization courses and laboratories in all of the important areas of modern electrical engineering. These range from power and energy systems to electronics devices and integrated circuits, telecommunications and remote sensing, control systems, robotics, signal processing, bioengineering, and acoustics.

For more information, visit the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • CHEM 102/103—General Chemistry I / General Chemistry Lab I
  • MATH 221—Calculus I
  • MATH 231—Calculus II
  • PHYS 211—University Physics: Mechanics
  • PHYS 212—University Physics: Electricity & Magnetism

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Communication Systems
  • Computers
  • Design
  • Development
  • Drafting
  • Telecommunications
  • Programming
  • Robotics

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Systems Operation Manager
  • Engineering Manager
  • Instrumentation Engineer
  • Marketing Engineer
  • Plant Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Engineering Outreach Society: provides an interactive learning environment for children through the use of hands-on science experiments.
    • iRobotics:iRobotics is a community of students interested in competing in JSDC, VRCC, and other robotics competitions, as well as spreading the word of science and technology to the community.

Related Skills:

  • Brainstorming
  • Communications
  • Creative problem solving
  • Presentation skills
  • Teamwork
  • Technical information assimilation

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Electrical Engineering, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Electrical Engineering.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Electrical Engineering.  These organizations include The Institution of Engineering and Technology and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Electrical Engineering, visit Undergraduate Programs.