Department of

Electrical Engineering

Serving society through excellence in education, research, scholarship, and public outreach

Educational Objectives

Goal Statement

The mission of our undergraduate program is to provide a high-quality education in electrical engineering for our students and to instill in them the attitudes, values, and vision that will prepare them for lifetimes of success, continued learning, and leadership in their chosen careers. A combination of required and elective courses ensures that students acquire a broad knowledge base in electrical circuits, digital systems, electronic devices, electromagnetics, and linear systems, as well as expertise in one or more areas of specialization. Additional problem-solving skills and practical experience are developed through design projects and laboratory assignments, which also provide opportunities for developing team-building and technical communication skills.

Program Educational Objectives

The BSEE Program provides undergraduates with a broad technical education important for employment in the private or public sector, and it teaches them fundamentals, current issues, and creative problem solving skills essential for future years of learning. Several years after earning their degrees, our graduates should be able to accomplish the following:

  • Electrical engineering practice in technical assignments such as design, product development, research, manufacturing, consulting, testing, sales, and management;
  • Participation and leadership on teams comprised of individuals with diverse professional and cultural backgrounds;
  • Continued learning and professional development through such activities as graduate school, distance education, professional training, and membership in professional societies.

Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, our students are expected to have attained the following (*):

a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.

d. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

g. An ability to communicate effectively.

h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

j. A knowledge of contemporary issues.

k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

(*)Adapted from ABET, Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs.