Why Study Electrical Engineering

Why Study Electrical Engineering?

Why Study Electrical Engineering?

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Electrical systems and computers form the backbone of many of the structures central to contemporary life. Communication, medicine, education, space exploration, defense and other critical sectors of our society and economy depend on electrical engineers and their expertise in design, analysis and efficiency. As an electrical engineering major, you will work closely with top-ranked faculty to gain an understanding of the fundamental knowledge and theories that underpin modern engineering. You will also put your learning into practice with innovative hands-on projects that will challenge and inspire you.

Real World Outcomes

Electrical engineering graduates are qualified for registration in all 50 states as a Professional Engineer. This certification leads many graduates directly to employment in technical positions in the communications, computer, aerospace, medical and other major industries. Others choose to pursue graduate study in electrical or computer engineering or another allied technical field.


You will begin with a rigorous series of courses in mathematics, natural sciences and basic engineering to prepare yourself for more advanced study. At the upper-division level, you may choose to specialize in one of the following five areas: physical electronics, electromagnetics, analog electronics, digital electronics or signal processing and communication. You may also choose a broad program of study that allows you to distribute your coursework among two or more of these areas.