BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a full-time academic program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 4 years or a dual major in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 4.5 years.
A student may also be able to obtain a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 5 years.
What is Electrical Engineering?
Electrical engineers use mathematics, science and technology to design, construct and maintain a wide array of products, services and information systems. From the nanoscale to the macroscale, products and systems that utilize electromagnetic waves, electrons and photons in their operation belong to the field of electrical engineering.
What makes Villanova’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department unique is our commitment to community:
- Between students who learn teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills together during classes and in clubs
- With faculty who value your success and take the time to get to know you—by name
- In the world outside of Villanova, where we engage in service learning trips, study abroad experiences and STEM outreach programs
- Through Nova Nation whose alumni are there to mentor, guide and support our students during their time here and after they graduate
Areas of Study
All undergraduates in Electrical Engineering study the following:
- Analog and digital electronics
- Communication systems
- Control systems
- DC and AC circuits
- Electric energy systems
- Electronic materials and devices
- Signal processing
As an upperclassman, you can choose an area of specialization:
- Biomedical engineering (instrumentation and system design)
- Electric energy systems (renewable energy and electric machines and drives)
- Electronics (integrated circuits, optoelectronics, power, and communication)
- Embedded systems (microcontrollers, mobile devices, and control theory)
- High frequency systems (photonics and RF and microwave circuit design)
- Signal processing (digital systems and biomedical applications)
Over three semesters, students complete a real-world senior capstone design project with a team of fellow Electrical and Computer Engineering majors. These projects are often sponsored by industry partners or reflect international service work.
Recent undergraduate projects include:
- Flight simulator for Boeing
- A power mesh to detect if a power line or transformer is damaged
- 3-D space-filling curve antennas
- Autonomous perceptive vision through haptic feedback
- Smart baseball
After Earning Your Degree
The National Association of Colleges and Employers lists Electrical Engineering majors among the top 10 most in demand among employers.
In 2020, 16% of Villanova Electrical Engineering graduates continued their education after graduation. Those who entered the job market found opportunities in engineering, web/software, information technology and customer/technical support.
Where Are They Now?
2020 graduates from Villanova’s Electrical and Computer Engineering program are working in a number of interesting fields. Here is just a sampling:
- Data Analyst, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Quantitative Trader, DRW
- Electronics Engineer, Federal Aviation Administration
- Firmware Engineer, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
- Integration and Test Engineer, L3Harris Technologies
- Software Engineer, Lockheed Martin
- Hardware Engineer, Northrup Grumman
- Onsite Specialist, Stryker
- Technical Engineer, US Air Force
- Software Engineer, Vanguard