Electrical Engineering is a major within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). The major involves technology found in all aspects of life, whether it's wires, devices, space, the human body, or other mediums. It has applications in electrical power, communications, information technology, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. This major may be for you if you enjoy tinkering and dream of making something new.
Career options include communications and wireless networks, electromagnetics, optics, and remote sensing; lasers, biomedical sensing and probing, and acoustics; nanotechnology and quantum devices; networking and information security; operating systems and software; robotics and control systems; semiconductor materials and integrated circuits; and signal, image, and speech processing.
- Our electrical engineering program is ranked #7 by U.S. News & World Report.
- 84% of students reported having an internship or co-op during their degree program.
- 89% of students reported securing their first choice destination upon graduation.
- The average starting salary for an electrical engineering graduate is $80,296 with a median signing bonus of $5,000.
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What You'll Study
You will take courses that stress the fundamental electrical engineering concepts and basic laboratory techniques that encompass the common intellectual understanding of the field. As an electrical engineering student you gain first-hand experience in the activities of a professional electrical engineer. This means you are better able to make the important decision as to whether you have chosen the major best suited to you.
The rich set of ECE elective courses permits you to select from collections of courses in the seven areas of electrical and computer engineering: bioengineering, acoustics, and magnetic resonance engineering; circuits and signal processing; communication and control; computer engineering; electromagnetics, optics, and remote sensing; microelectronics and quantum electronics; power and energy systems. Your involvement in the electrical engineering discipline increases during each year of the program.
Minor in Computer Science
The CS Minor is offered for students seeking significant knowledge of digital computing without the more complete treatment of a major in computer science. This minor may be taken by any student except majors in the Computer Science degree programs and in Computer Engineering.
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The electrical engineering curriculum prepares you to develop innovations that will define the future of our industry. Graduates pursue careers in communications and wireless network, electromagnetics, optics, and remote sensing, lasers, biomedical sensing and probing, and acoustics, nanotechnology and quantum devices, networking and information security, operating systems and software, robotics and control systems, semiconductor materials and integrated circuits,signal, image, and speech processing.
The average salary between 2020-21 for electrical engineering graduates was reported as $80,296 with a median signing bonus of $5,000.
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Sample employer destinations: Texas Instruments, Northrop Grumman, Intel View All
Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University, University of California, San Diego View All