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Electrical Engineering

The broad field of electrical engineering involves working with all manners of electronic devices from pocket calculators to super computers. Often overlapping with computer engineering, a college degree in electrical engineering can open up the door to a career in almost any industry. Through an understanding of the ways electricity is generated and controlled electrical engineers specifically design, develop, and test electrical equipment. Like any other kind of scientist, they must also know how to communicate their ideas to others in their field. A successful electrical engineer possesses not only an understanding of his or her area of concentration, but also a broad grasp of engineering in general. This is why most degree programs offering electrical engineering begin with the fundamentals of engineering itself. Electrical engineering students learn through a combination of design and lab work. This mix of theoretical and practical application allows students to think things through and then apply their ideas in a variety of real life situations.

General Information

Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing

GPA Requirement 2.0
Department Website Electrical and Computer Engineering
Degree(s) Offered Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Possible Areas of Specialization
  • Computer Programming
  • Engineering Economy
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Thermodynamics
  • Engineering Materials
Possible Employment Settings
  • Government Agencies
  • Consulting Engineering Firms
  • Utility Companies
  • Private Laboratories
  • Industrial Firms
  • Manufacturing Firms
  • Telecommunications Firms
  • Computer Firms


Occupational Opportunities
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Plant Manager
  • Production Control Specialist
  • Operations Supervisor
  • Design Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • System Engineer
  • Measurement Engineer
  • Test Engineer
  • Customer Service Engineer
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Power Distribution Engineer
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Electrical Appliance Repairers
  • Line Installers
  • Semiconductor Processing Operators
  • Communications Equipment Mechanics
  • Commercial/Industrial Electronics
  • Repairers


Professional and Student Organizations
Professional Organizations GS Student Organizations (MyOrgs)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Association of Energy Engineers Eagle Motorsports
American Solar Energy Society Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
American Nuclear Society Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Salary Information
Internet Resources

Last updated: 4/22/2019