Electrical Engineering

Major Description

Electrical engineers design, construct, and maintain products, services, and systems and perform research to create new ideas in areas such as energy and power, circuits and electronics, optics, remote sensing, electromagnetics, communications, signal processing and control, and networking and computing systems. Electrical engineering is a rapidly evolving discipline based on the application of math, physics, and computation to address the needs of our networked information-age society.

Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • ECE 110—Introduction to Electronics
  • 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:

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.

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication Systems
  • Computers
  • Conduct Experiments
  • Design
  • Development
  • Drafting
  • Telecommunications
  • Programming
  • Robotics
  • Brainstorming
  • Communications
  • Creative problem solving
  • Presentation skills
  • Programming
  • Teamwork
  • Technical information assimilation
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Systems Operation Manager
  • Engineering Manager
  • Instrumentation Engineer
  • Marketing Engineer
  • Plant Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager

Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.

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Further Information:

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.