Electrical and computer engineering touches every kind of device imaginable, from computers to cell phones to global positioning devices. It provides solutions to many of the technical problems that have troubled society: lack of affordable, efficient, and sustainable forms of transportation; energy, housing, security systems, healthcare systems, and communication.
Electrical engineers design, develop, and test electrical equipment. They discover different ways to generate and control electrical energy.
Computer engineers work on topics such as operating systems, computer architecture, computer networks, robotics, artificial intelligence, and computer-aided design.
Our program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
You’ll choose between two concentrations available within the major.
Electronics and systems concentration
The electronics and systems concentration includes study of electronics, controls, and digital systems. It will prepare you to design and build computers, communication systems, power systems, electrical appliances, and other electronic devices and systems.
Computer systems concentration
The computer systems concentration includes study of digital systems, networks, and complex hardware and software systems. This track prepares you to work with the design and operation of computing systems and digital communication systems.
Experience hands-on learning
You’ll learn basic engineering principles, develop problem-solving skills, and spend lots of time in the laboratory so that you build a working knowledge of both traditional and newer areas of electrical engineering.
Customize your degree
Customize your education with technical electives that include courses in computer graphics, advanced C++, database management, video game design, iPhone and Android app development.
Complete a design project during a capstone experience that will challenge you to apply what you have learned. The project is often done in conjunction with an internship or engineering practitioner. This two-semester experience requires you to engage in a complete design cycle from concept development through analysis, design, and report writing.
Dual degree option
Earn a dual degree in both electrical engineering and computer science with a minor in math. Our dual degree (PDF) allows you to graduate on time, with careful course planning. This program is offered by the School of Engineering and the School of Sciences.
What You’ll Study
The Electrical Engineering major requires 134 credit hours. You’ll take CBU general education and liberal arts courses, plus courses in:
- Electric circuit analysis
- Digital design
- Microcontroller architecture
- Linear control systems
- Systems, signals, and noise
The academic catalog lists all course requirements for both concentrations:
Five Year BS/MSEM Program
The School of Engineering also offers an accelerated five-year BS/MSEM program that allows you to combine a Bachelor of Science (technical) with a Master of Science (management) degree that you can complete in five years.
The School of Engineering offers the following minors:
- Construction Management
- Electrical Engineering
The fast-growing field of electrical and computer engineering is now the largest branch of engineering. Electrical/computer engineers have titles such as
- Consulting electrical engineer — designs electrical systems for commercial and industrial buildings.
- Control system engineer — designs the systems that control things from industrial robots to the cruise control in cars
- Computer engineer — designs new hardware for industry or consumer devices
- Power engineer — works on the complex systems that generate and distribute electricity
- Telecommunications engineer — designs the transmitters and receivers needed for telecommunications systems.
Clubs & Organizations
CBU’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) IEEE Student Chapter provides you with opportunities to enhance leadership skills, build relationships with peers and alumni, and network with business leaders through conferences and seminars.
The annual IEEE Student Competition gives you a chance to compete with other students in more than 100 southeastern engineering schools. Competitions in robotics, website design, academic paper presentation, software/hardware, and ethics help develop skills in oral presentation, written communication, and real-time problem solving.
Electrical engineering faculty and staff will guide you through this challenging study and give you help and support.
Is Electrical Engineering for You?
Electrical engineers use detailed knowledge of electrical systems to solve important and complex problems. You may enjoy a career in electrical or computer engineering if you are:
- A critical thinker
- Have good computer skills
- Enjoy identifying and solving problems
- Can communicate well
You may also be interested in another CBU program:
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