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Electrical Engineering

Major in electrical engineering

Electrical engineers design and develop electrical and electronic components and systems for power, communications, and control; integrated circuits; and computers.

Electrical engineering is the largest field within the engineering profession, and it continues to grow and evolve. Electrical engineers are working in such diverse fields as acoustics, aerospace, automotive, communications, consumer electronics, energy resources, the environment, medical and biomedical fields, power, signal processing, space, testing, and underwater systems.

Our program prepares you for this evolving field by providing a strong background in science, mathematics, and engineering. You will be prepared for positions in industry and with government agencies and to continue your studies at the graduate level.

For the BS in electrical engineering, you'll complete 75 credits in general engineering and electrical and computer engineering courses with 125 credits overall. Your electrical engineering courses will include:

  • analog circuits
  • computer programing
  • digital and embedded system design
  • electromagnetics
  • electronics
  • signals and systems

You'll also choose from technical electives such as acoustics, computer networks, integrated circuits, wireless communications, and others. During your final year, you will complete a senior design project that provides real-world experience defined by industry needs.

Dual bachelor's degrees in electrical & computer engineering: Prepare to meet a broad range of challenges in these ever-changing high-tech fields.

A minor in electrical engineering provides an opportunity to specialize in a specific area such as electromagnetic theory, communications theory, electronics, signal processing, or very large-scale integration.

For the minor, you'll complete at least 19 credits.

Student success

Antz Lee Francois
Antz-Lee Francois '22

As an electrical engineering student, Antz-Lee Francois '22 served as president of the  Sigma Phi Rho fraternity, Treasurer of National Society of Black Engineers, and Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, and Student Ambassador of the university. For his senior design project, Antz-Lee worked to develop a charging system that can charge an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) through the wave energy that is produced by the ocean.

Antz-Lee also completed an internship at Dell Technologies.

After graduating from UMassD, he got a job as an engineer at Raytheon Intelligence and Space. 

Internship sites

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

Graduate school placements

  • Dartmouth College
  • MIT
  • Purdue University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Michigan
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

Career placements

  • Dell Technologies
  • GE Aviation
  • General Dynamics C4 Systems
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Raytheon Intelligence and Space
  • U.S. Navy

Median starting salary for electrical engineering majors, class of 2022:

NACE AY 2022 Data Collection of Undergraduate Alumni

UMassD advantages

  • Capstone projects: most senior engineering students work in small teams on real-world, industry-specific challenges that demand analysis, proposals, prototypes, and solutions.
  • 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.
  • Experience: participate in internships and co-op to gain valuable experience with regional industries, often while also earning money for college.
  • New initiatives: collaborate, create, and explore at the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research.

International (F-1) students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees may be eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT). To learn about the eligibility criteria and detailed steps to apply, please review the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) OPT page and USCIS resources. F-1 students must consult with the ISSC to apply for STEM OPT.

UMass Dartmouth offers a great transfer experience for students who:

  • have graduated from an accredited community college, or
  • have earned college credits from an accredited college or university

Transfer Admissions

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Electrical Engineering faculty

Antonio Costa
Antonio Costa, PhD
David Brown
David Brown, PhD
David Brown
David Brown, PhD
Dayalan Kasilingam
Dayalan Kasilingam, PhD
David Rancour
David Rancour, PhD
Hong Liu
Hong Liu, PhD
Honggang Wang
Honggang Wang, PhD
John Buck
John Buck, PhD
Lance Fiondella
Lance Fiondella, PhD
Lance Fiondella
Lance Fiondella, PhD
Liudong Xing
Liudong Xing, PhD
Paul J. Fortier
Paul Fortier
Paul Gendron
Paul Gendron, PhD
Philip H. Viall
Philip Viall, MS
Ruolin Zhou
Ruolin Zhou, PhD
Yifei Li
Yifei Li, PhD
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