Since instrumentation is at the heart of modern science and technology, electrical engineers are employed not only in the computer, electronics, communications, and power industries, but also in diverse enterprises such as transportation, the chemical industry, large hospitals, and government laboratories.
The curriculum emphasizes the scientific basis of electrical engineering and the application of mathematical analysis to engineering problems. Work is required in network and systems theory, atomic physics and solid state, electromagnetic theory, and electronics. Creative use of scientific principles in problems of engineering design is stressed, particularly in the senior year. The development of computer hardware and software is a part of many electrical engineering courses.
Extensive laboratory work serves to bridge the gap between mathematical analysis and the real world of "hardware." Separate undergraduate laboratories are available for electrical measurements, analog electronics, digital electronics, microprocessors, hardware description languages, embedded systems, control systems, optics, communications, and electronic materials.
Capstone Design Courses ELE 480 and 481 provide the opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary team in a senior capstone design project.
Electrical engineering students should note that the four-year electrical engineering curriculum allows for three credits of a completely free elective that does not have to satisfy any of the general education requirements.
Please see the program educational objectives and outcomes for more information on what students are expected to know and are able to do by the time of graduation.
This program can be combined with the International Engineering Program (IEP), which will lead a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering as well as a B.A. degree in German, French, Spanish or Chinese. In the fourth year of the five-year program, students go abroad as interns with engineering firms in Europe, Latin America, or China.
Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program
To qualify for this program, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher while pursuing their B.S. degree. To ease the course load at the graduate level, candidates are encouraged to earn some graduate credits (e.g. one or two courses not required for their B.S. degree) during their senior year. Additional program information can be obtained by contacting the department chairperson.
Prospective and Transfer Students
Prospective and Transfer students along with their families are invited to tour the department to see our research and computing facilities. Please email our Academic Advisor, Kelly Richmond, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 401-874-4374 for more information or to arrange a visit.
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