The design process in Electrical Engineering is emphasized throughout all four years, and design projects are included in the laboratory courses. The sophomore and junior years include core courses that provide a foundation for the senior year which includes electives and an in-depth design project. Students can tailor their senior year towards a variety of objectives by carefully choosing electives in electrical engineering, the humanities, and other subjects.
The Electrical Engineering Program provides these specialized areas:
- analog and digital electronics
- communication electronics
- control systems
- digital signal processing
- power systems
Engineers are problem solvers, which is a skill that can be learned. In the engineering arena, the requirements are a good mathematics and science background, and creative mind. The curriculum in electrical engineering begins with fundamental courses in both:
This introduction is followed by more in-depth courses in the discipline of choice. All courses are taught by faculty to ensure a productive environment for learning and help foster interaction between students and faculty.
The curriculum is structured to provide a thorough foundation in the fundamentals of computer and electrical engineering. Design, as well as analysis, are emphasized throughout the curriculum.
The curriculum uses a project-based structure to teach students how to:
- Work on their own
- Work in teams
- Synthesize new engineering solutions by using knowledge and analytical skills
Great importance is placed on developing oral and written communication skills. The curriculum also provides opportunities for an increased awareness of the broader implications of technology and of the social responsibilities of the profession.