The Electrical Engineering program will give students a broad knowledge of the math, physics, electronics, and power concepts necessary for a career in the discipline.  Students will become familiar with electrical and electronic devices, audiovisual equipment, automobiles, electric motors, electric power generation and distribution, digital hardware, and software. Students develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills throughout their studies. In addition, they develop an ability to apply their knowledge of mathematics, science, and general engineering to attack technical issues associated with electro-technology.

Graduates with an Electrical Engineering, BS degree commonly begin their careers in a variety of functions including:

Power generation, management, and distribution engineers; analog electronics designers; digital hardware designers; printed circuit board fabricators; and embedded hardware and software developers. Graduates often work in a wide range of industries including aerospace, defense/military, automotive, medical, software, and consumer electronics. These graduates also pursue post-graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Business & Commerce, and even professional areas such as Law and Medicine.

Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

The mission of the undergraduate Electrical Engineering program is to provide high-quality and broad-based education in Electrical Engineering that emphasizes critical thinking and communication skills while preparing graduates for professional careers and lifelong learning. The faculty has adopted the educational objectives listed below for the Electrical Engineering undergraduate program. The department has included a process to provide continual improvement of the curricula. Graduates will:

  • excel in engineering careers and/or postgraduate education using knowledge of Electrical Engineering disciplines and underlying fundamental principles of science and mathematics, engineering analysis, problem solving, and design
  • expand their knowledge of current and emerging issues in Electrical Engineering and continue career-long professional development through engagement in lifelong learning
  • grow professionally and advance throughout their engineering careers using skills in effective communication; responsible, multidisciplinary teamwork; and adherence to principles of professional accountability and ethics.

To facilitate attainment of these career-long objectives, the department has defined a set of student outcomes and associated assessments to demonstrate that, by graduation, students have:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specific needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • An Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  • An ability to solve mathematics problems in probability, statistics, differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, and discrete mathematics as they relate to problems in Electrical Engineering.

The information contained here describes the undergraduate curricula in Electrical Engineering. Graduate students and students participating in the Scholars Program should consult the graduate catalog for information on all cross-listed and graduate-only courses. More information about various programs within the department is available in the Electrical and Computer Engineering departmental office.

The overall goal of the Electrical Engineering program is to prepare students for engineering careers within the discipline. The first year and a half of the Electrical Engineering curriculum includes basic courses in mathematics and physical science, broadening courses in humanities and social science, and foundation courses in engineering. The next three semesters provide the core education in Electrical Engineering, with courses in computers, electronics, circuits, power, and systems. The last year of study includes two semesters of Capstone Design as well as technical electives to allow students to concentrate in selected areas of the discipline. For seniors, the department offers advanced courses in computers, communications, controls, electromagnetics, microelectronics, materials, and power.

To complete the senior-level electives, students must select two Electrical Engineering electives with associated labs (lecture/lab combinations). These lecture/lab combinations must be completed as a pair.  Additional materials that describe the curriculum are available in the Electrical and Computer Engineering departmental office.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CH 1014PH 1054
MATH 1254MATH 1264
ECE 121 or ENGR 111 (other ENG intro courses)1ENGR 103 or 1233
EN 1013EN 1023
Humanities (HU), Literature (L), or Fine Arts (FA) Elective1, 23 
 15 14
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
PH 1064PH 2533
MATH 2274MATH 2373
MATH 2383ECE 2254
CS 1004ECE 3804
 Humanities (HU), Literature (L), or Fine Arts (FA) Elective1, 23
 15 17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 3553ECE 3263
ECE 3703ECE 3503
ECE 3324ECE 3334
ECE 3834PH 301, ECE 330, or ECE 4553
Humanities (HU), Literature (L), or Fine Arts (FA) Elective1, 23History (HI) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) Elective1, 23
 17 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
ECE 3404ECE Elective or Professional Elective43
ECE Restricted Area Elective33ECE Elective3
ECE 4922ECE 4942
ECE Elective with Laboratory4ECE Elective with Laboratory4
History (HI) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) Elective1, 23History (HI) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) Elective1, 23
 16 15
Total Hours: 125

Computer Engineering Option in Electrical Engineering

The computer engineering option is offered within the electrical engineering department in order to give students a broad knowledge of the software and hardware components of modern computing systems, detailed computer-systems design, and the role of computer systems in various engineering disciplines. A primary goal of the program is to prepare the student for a computer-oriented engineering career with emphasis on computer applications within various subdisciplines of electrical engineering.

The computer engineering option includes a broad spectrum of electrical engineering and computer science courses, as well as electives to allow the student to study a specific area in depth and to gain additional design experience. Areas of specialization may include computer architecture, integrated circuit design, microprocessor-based systems, sensor networks, image processing, robotics and applications-oriented study in other disciplines of electrical engineering.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CH 1014PH 1054
MATH 1254MATH 1264
ENGR 111 or ECE 1211ENGR 1033
EN 1013EN 1023
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3 
 15 14
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
PH 1064MATH 3013
MATH 2383ECE 2254
MATH 2274MATH 2373
CS 1004ECE 3800 or 4
 Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3
 15 13-17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3
ECE 3703ECE 3324
MATH 3553ECE 3263
CS 1010 or 4CS 2014
ECE 3830 or 4 
 9-17 14
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3
ECE 3334Restricted Area Elective3
ECE 4922ECE 4942
ECE 4843Professional or Restricted Area Elective3
Select one of the following lecture/lab combinations4ECE 4863
 ECE 4871
  
OR  
  
  
OR  
  
  
 16 15
Total Hours: 111-123

Electrical Engineering graduates have career opportunities in a number of industries and fields including, but not limited to, computing, communications, manufacturing, maintenance, utilities, aerospace, automotive, defense/military, medical, robotics and automation, and consumer electronics. The degree also provides an excellent background for graduate study in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering as well as medicine and law.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Electrical Engineering graduates often gain entry-level positions as utility engineers, plant engineers, programmers, maintenance engineers, or as design engineers with engineering and consulting firms.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Alumni of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department currently hold positions such as distribution manager, Alabama Power; vice president, ADTRAN; and senior design engineer, Radiance Technologies; senior engineer, TSC. 

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center