College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
BS in Electrical Engineering
The Electrical Engineering program covers a branch of engineering concerned with generating, distributing, processing, coding, transmitting, receiving, and deciphering electrical and electromagnetic signals.
About the Major
Electrical Engineering involves the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. It consists of a wide range of fields including electronic circuits, digital computing, robotics, sensors and instrumentation, electrical power, telecommunications, photonics, control systems, wireless communications, signal processing, and integrated circuits. Practicing engineers may have a professional license and/or be members of a professional body such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
About the Electrical Engineering Minor
The minor is designed to provide students matriculating in bachelor’s degree programs in other colleges of the University, particularly the sciences and the other engineering majors, with an introduction to the discipline of electrical engineering. Learn more.
About the Mechatronics Minor
Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of mechanical and electrical engineering, computer science, and information technology, which includes control systems as well as numerical methods used to design products with built-in intelligence. Learn more.
The following courses and requirements are recommended for those pursuing the Electrical Engineering program. See more in the course catalog.
ECE 231 | Digital System Logic
ES 242 | Engineering by Design
ECE 361 | Electronics Fundamentals
ECE 420 | Random Signals and Noise
ECE 482 | Capstone Design I
In addition to the required professional electives, seniors must choose a sequence of courses in one of the following areas: VLSI, controls, communications and signal processing, electric power, computer systems, robotics, or system simulation. Both the required courses and the sequences are designed to achieve breadth and depth in the curriculum. The integrated design experience is obtained in a two semester senior capstone design project, which have increasingly are becoming industry sponsored.
The ability to work professionally on electrical systems, including the design and realization of such systems, is demonstrated by the progression of courses from introductory to comprehensive, including design components. It also includes some technical elective courses students may choose.
Through participation in the All-University Curriculum and in additional elective courses in the humanities and/or social sciences, students are given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge base and to participate in the larger learning community of the University.
Electrical engineers work in a wide range of industries using skills that range from basic circuit theory to complex signals, systems, and project management. The tools and equipment consist of instrumentation such as a voltmeter, oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, logic analyzer, waveform generator, and motor/generator assemblies to high-end test equipment and sophisticated design/manufacturing software applications.
Our graduates have gone on to work for companies like:
- Bucher Emhart Glass
- Electric Boat
- Eversource Energy
- Hamilton Sundstrand
- Otis Elevator
- Pratt & Whitney
- Sikorsky Aircraft
Interested in enrolling in the Electrical Engineering program under the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA)? Here is what you need to submit your application.
4+1 Program (B.S. + M.Eng degrees)
The program is designed to allow full-time engineering students to earn their B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in five years of study. Two graduate-level courses taken in the undergraduate program may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Students usually commit to the program at the start of the second semester of their junior year, and juniors who are interested should contact their department chair.
In order to be accepted into the program, students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the end of the junior year (below 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis).
Contact Laurie Granstrand to learn more.
During their careers, Electrical Engineering graduates will
- become successful practicing engineers or pursue another career that makes use of engineering principles and professional skills;
- become contributing members of multidisciplinary teams and successfully apply the fundamentals of their educational background; and
- pursue professional development, including continuing or advanced education, relevant to their career path.
To achieve these objectives students are given a rigorous foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, mechanics, programming, digital systems, and circuit theory. They are then immersed in a sequence of required courses in microprocessors, electronics, electromagnetics, signals and systems, and design practice. In the senior year, Digital Signal Processing, Random Signals and Noise, and Design II (senior project) are required courses, In addition, students choose a sequence of courses in one of the following areas: communications and signal processing, computer systems, control systems, electric power, and microelectronics.
Students must complete a 4-credit lecture and laboratory course in general chemistry. Students also must complete two 4-credit lecture courses in calculus-based physics (including laboratory components), thus meeting the depth requirement.
Students also take M 242 Differential Equations (3 cr.), M 240 Calculus of Several Variables (4 cr.), and M 220 Linear Algebra (3 cr.). Students should have several electrical engineering courses that integrate mathematical skills and should have these courses as co- or prerequisites. Electrical engineering students also take a stand-alone probability and statistics course, ECE 420 Random Signals and Noise.
The ability to work professionally on electrical systems later, including the design and realization of such systems, is demonstrated by the progression of courses from introductory to comprehensive, including design components. It also includes some technical elective courses students may choose in each stem. These are not all offered at the same time, but there are selections from each stem available in each semester of the senior year. In addition, the final capstone sequence contains projects that usually involve material from each area.
Our senior capstone projects increasingly are becoming industry sponsored. Traditionally, instruction in the design of electrical systems is provided in a sequence of courses: VLSI in ECE 565 and ECE 567, controls in ECE 442 and ECE 543, communications in ECE 423, ECE 424, ECE 521, and ECE 540. Both the required courses and the sequences are designed to achieve breadth and depth in the curriculum. The integrated design experience is obtained in the senior capstone project (ECE 483 Design II).
Through participation in the All-University Curriculum and in additional elective courses in the humanities and/or social sciences, students are given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge base and to take part in the larger learning community of the University.
Extensive laboratory work supplements the theoretical course work through hands-on experience. In addition to the laboratories in the sciences, there are several required laboratory courses in engineering: Circuits I and II, Electronics I and II, Digital Logic, Microprocessors, and Digital Signal Processing. Students exercise their verbal and technical writing skills in a required writing course as well as in many engineering courses. Also, written and oral communication of laboratory results is required.
The engineering design experience is distributed throughout the entire curriculum. The design experience begins in the first year and continues throughout the curriculum, culminating with the senior capstone project.
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
(PSC-1) Graduates have a knowledge of probability and statistics, including applications