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.
- 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.
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
- Conduct Experiments
- Creative problem solving
- Presentation skills
- 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.
- Participating in undergraduate research
- Applying for a study abroad experience
- Utilizing resources of The Career Center and Engineering Career Services
- Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
- Illini Solar Car
- Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering: Supports and encourages women in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
- 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.
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.