Electrical Engineering Specialty

Electrical Specialization

The electrical specialization curriculum is designed to provide a foundation for a student to pursue a career in engineering with expertise in electrical engineering and possibly special expertise in one or more of its sub-fields. The program puts emphasis on learning to function within teams of professionals whose members are pursuing a common engineering goal, and on communicating effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences. Graduates of the bachelors degree program are competent engineers who are prepared to pursue a broad variety of professional avenues.

In your freshman year, you will learn fundamentals in mathematics (calculus), chemistry, physics, and broad educational topics such as writing, speaking, and the humanities. You will also benefit from a special freshman year experience program that provides an introduction to engineering as a profession, to programming, to engineering design as a process, and to the college experience as a major personal growth step.

In your sophomore year, you will study the broad fundamentals of engineering and becoming an engineering problem solver, continue mathematics courses with differential equations and statistics, and complete two courses in electrical engineering fundamentals. You will also learn key engineering subjects outside the electrical and computer engineering field and gain an introduction to the time/frequency transform world through a course in signals and systems.

In your junior year, you will focus on courses in your specialization, take courses in electronics, digital signal processing, electromagnetics, and digital logic and microprocessors to provide you with a broad base in electrical engineering, and take digital logic and microprocessors courses.

In your senior year, you will be able to choose electives which lead to jobs in particular sub-areas of electrical engineering and take a required communications course plus five technical electives.

Like all engineering specialties, Electrical Engineering also offers a fifth year option that provides electrical specialization students with the opportunity to complete a master’s degree in a year of extra time commitment.