The Electrical Engineering program gives 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 judgments, 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 curriculum in Electrical Engineering. Graduate students and students participating in the Accelerated Masters Program (AMP) 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 and on the Electrical Engineering website.

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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 2250 or 4
CS 1004ECE 3804
 Humanities (HU), Literature (L), or Fine Arts (FA) Elective1, 23
 15 13-17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 3553ECE 3263
ECE 3703ECE 3503
ECE 3324ECE 3330 to 4
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 12-16
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: 117-125

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 Law and Medicine.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Electrical Engineering graduates often gain entry-level positions as utility engineers, facilities engineers, programmers, or design engineers with various engineering firms, consulting firms, and companies across a wide range of industries. 

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Alumni of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 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