Electrical Engineering

Offered as: major | minor

Electrical engineers design and develop electrical and electronic components and systems, such as power systems, communication systems, control systems, integrated circuits, and computers.

As an electrical engineer, you may work as a consultant, designer, educator, entrepreneur, executive, public official, researcher, scientist, or in the military. Electrical engineers work in a variety of fields, such as acoustics, aerospace, automotive, biomedical, communications, consumer electronics, power, signal processing, space, and underwater systems.

Electrical engineering is the largest field within the engineering profession, and it continues to grow and evolve. Electrical engineering is also one of the highest-paid engineering fields.

You'll be prepared for positions in industry and with government agencies—and to continue your studies at the graduate level.

Special opportunities

  • Experience: participate in internships to gain valuable experience with regional industries, often while also earning money for college
  • Research: work on projects with experienced research faculty
  • Community: join organizations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Association for Computing Machinery, Eta Kapa Nu (the Electrical and Computer Engineers National Honor Society), the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and Engineers Without Borders
  • New initiatives: collaborate, create, and explore at our IDEAStudio and the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research

Electrical Engineering major

Our program prepares you for this evolving field by providing a strong background in science, mathematics, and engineering.

Your electrical engineering courses will include analog circuits, computer programing, digital and embedded system design, electromagnetics, electronics, and signals and systems. You'll also choose from technical electives such as acoustics, computer networks, integrated circuits, microwave and RF engineering, power systems, power electronics, wireless communications, signal processing, and speech processing. Your senior project will be defined by current industry needs.

For the BS in electrical engineering, you'll complete 57 credits in electrical and computer engineering courses and a total of 125 credits overall.

Dual major in Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering: Prepare to meet a broad range of challenges in the ever-changing high-tech fields of electrical engineering and computer engineering by earning a double major bachelor's degree.

Electrical Engineering minor

A minor in electrical engineering gives you the opportunity to specialize in a particular area of electrical engineering, such as electromagnetic theory, communication theory, electronics, power, signal processing, or VLSI (very large scale integration).

For the minor, you'll complete 19 to 22 credits.

Advanced study

  • BS/MS Program in Electrical Engineering: This fast-track program enables qualified BS degree students in electrical engineering to complete both the BS and the MS degrees in five years.
  • MS in Electrical Engineering: Expand your career options with a master's degree in electrical engineering in two years.
  • PhD in Electrical Engineering: Our doctoral program offers options in electrical engineering and computer engineering.

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Success story

Abner Barros '16
Electrical Engineering

Abner's story

Internship placements

  • Electric Boat/General Dynamics
  • MathWorks
  • Naval Undersea Warfare Center

Career placements

  • Dell EMC
  • GE Aviation
  • General Dynamics C4 Systems
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport
  • The MathWorks
  • U.S. Navy


Antonio H. Costa
Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering
Science and Engineering Building, Room 217C

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