The electrical engineering profession makes possible a wide variety of products, systems, and services that support and enhance our modern world. Areas of growth include telecommunications, computers and computer networks, avionics, robotics, automatic control, microelectronics, power generation and distribution, medical imaging, virtual reality, sensors, and photonics. Upon graduation, students find employment in areas such as design, testing, development, research, and sales. Students are also prepared for graduate study.
The electrical engineering program provides a solid foundation in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering fundamentals. Advanced courses include electronics, signal analysis, logic design, power engineering, computers, automatic control, and communications. Additional minors are also available in engineering and liberal arts.
Program Educational Objectives
Three to five years after having received their baccalaureate degree, graduates from the electrical engineering program are expected to have the following abilities:
- Graduates are expected to exhibit professional development in their chosen careers, as indicated by some combination of continuing education, professional registration, professional society activity, and a degree of responsibility and advancement.
- Graduates are expected, when a need is identified to seek out subject matter resources beyond their own individual or their team’s area of expertise and apply this new knowledge to the identified need in solving problems, designing systems, components or processes, or in applying the principles of mathematics, science, or engineering.
- Graduates are expected to communicate effectively through continual use of oral and written expression as indicated by some combination of professional talks, oral presentations, written reports, or technical publications.
- Graduates are expected to use the appropriate tools and technologies to enhance their productivity in their professional field.
Over the course of their studies, graduates of the program shall have demonstrated:
1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
8. an ability to apply knowledge of probability, statistics, and other topics of advanced mathematics
Senior Year Technical Electives
Students majoring in electrical engineering may select technical electives from the following list during their senior year, assuming that they meet the specific prerequisites for each course. Other courses may be permitted with approval of the electrical engineering faculty advisor.
Seniors may take one graduate course that is offered by the electrical engineering department as a senior technical elective for which they are qualified. A senior who wishes to take a graduate course for undergraduate credit must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and must get the approval of the course instructor, his or her academic advisor, and the department chair. Students may also apply this course, when enrolled in the accelerated bachelor’s/master of science in engineering degree program, toward their graduate studies in electrical engineering.
Spring (17 Credits)
- ENGR 402 - Senior Project II 2 Credit(s)
- Senior Technical Electives 9 Credit(s) †
- Social Science Elective 3 Credit(s)
- Humanities/Social Science Elective 3 Credit(s)