Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Includes entry to major requirements
The Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering is designed to provide a solid background in electrical engineering sciences. It also provides an opportunity for students to pursue interests in electrical and electronic circuits, including digital circuits and VLSI and its fabrication, microprocessors and their applications, electromagnetics, communications, control systems, and digital image processing and computer vision. Through a senior capstone design project, the curriculum emphasizes written as well as verbal communication and a teamwork approach among students to attain a common goal.
This program helps its graduates develop capabilities to analyze and design a variety of electrical and electronic systems found in many industrial and government settings as well as providing a foundation for further graduate studies. A strong background in the fundamentals is built through a broad-based core in basic sciences (physics and chemistry) and mathematics as well as engineering sciences.
For a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, a minimum of 134 credits is required.
Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Electrical Engineering major requires that the student has completed: MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), PHYS 211 GN(4), and CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1). A 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average is required.
Electrical Engineering is characterized by its diversity. Graduates of the program have gained positions in a number of specialty areas including digital circuits and VSLI and its fabrication, microprocessors and their applications, electromagnetics, communications, control systems, digital image processing, and computer engineering. Career opportunities for these specialties are available in a multitude of industries including computers, automobile, power, communications, manufacturing, pure and applied research, and biomedical and environmental fields. Within these areas, electrical engineers may work in laboratories where they design and test electronic systems or devices. Others may work in manufacturing plants where their major responsibility is the interfacing of electronic equipment with the rest of the plant. Electrical Engineering graduates are also found in areas where they serve as technical consultants, such as government, education, law, sales, or technical writing.
The following list provides examples of the opportunities available for graduates: Circuit Designer, Communications Engineer, Control Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Engineering Manager, Computer Engineer, Power Systems Engineer, Robotics Engineer, Technical Writer, Technical Sales Associate, Industrial Technologist, and Aerospace Engineer.
Employment of electrical and electronics engineers is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2012. Although rising demand for electrical and electronic goods, including advanced communications equipment, defense-related electronic equipment, and consumer electronics products should increase, foreign competition for electronic products and increasing use of engineering services performed in other countries will act to limit employment growth. Job growth is expected to be fastest in service industries – particularly consulting firms that provide electronic engineering expertise. Continuing education is important for electrical and electronics engineers. Engineers who fail to keep up with the rapid changes in technology risk becoming more susceptible to layoffs or, at a minimum, more likely to be passed over for advancement.
Accreditation and Licensure
This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. Visit ABET for more information on accreditation, including the reasons that an ABET-accredited program is the right choice for the engineering professional.
Electrical Engineering graduates are encouraged to continue their professional development by taking the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination at the end of their senior year; the FE exam is a prerequisite for taking the Professional Engineering Examination.
The School of Science, Engineering, and Technology encourages student involvement in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Selection of Major in Engineering or Engineering Technology
Excellent guidance for students, parents, friends, and others regarding the similarities and differences between engineering and engineering technology is provided at the following web sites:
- Prerequisite Flowchart (program planning tool)
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