The Electrical Engineering program covers a broad range of topics from circuits, automatic controls, micro-electronics, digital circuits, computers, communications, electric machines, electromagnetics, computer networks, signals, image and speech processing, and power systems. Electrical engineers design, develop, and test electrical systems, motors, generators, electronics, computer hardware, computer software, and communications systems that include the internet, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and cellular networks.
Electrical engineers work in the following industries: automotive, aerospace, semiconductor, electromechanical, control instruments, computer, communication, electric power generation, transmission and distribution, oil refineries, research and development, and manufacturing. They are employed in virtually all commercial industries and governmental agencies. Electrical engineers are responsible for bringing you electricity, cellular phones, music, television, automobiles, computers and the internet, to name only a few. Electrical engineers work in offices and may visit different manufacturing or testing sites.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 7% growth nationwide. Electrical engineers have annual mean salaries of $ 93000 to $ 128,000, varying from industry to industry and region to region. Electrical engineers are at the forefront of information technologies and they innovate, create, design and bring to market things that are useful to improve the human condition.
Program Educational Objectives
The Electrical Engineering program offers an educational experience that enables graduates to:
- Obtain professional-level employment in the Electrical Engineering field.
- Practice Electrical Engineering in a wide variety of private and government institutions.
- Work in diverse, multi-disciplinary teams and possess leadership skills, ethical standards, environmental concerns and social awareness.
- Engage in lifelong-learning, participate in professional organizations and, if desired, pursue graduate studies.
- Obtain licensure as a professional engineer.
Consistent with the existing Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs in engineering, a minimum of 126 semester credit hours is required for the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. This degree requires a minimum of 55 upper division hours. Since all students seeking a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering are required to take a cross-section of courses from a variety of engineering disciplines, the College does not award double majors. Students desiring a double major should seek a second baccalaureate degree. Minors are not required of students seeking a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering.