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The electrical engineering degree program provides the depth of understanding necessary to meet the challenges of ever-changing technology while being flexible enough to allow students to pursue in-depth study in at least one specialization area of electrical engineering. Students gain an understanding of mathematics and the basic engineering sciences, along with a fundamental education in electrical circuits, computer networks, electromagnetics, electronics, digital systems, communications, control systems, and energy generation/conversion. Selection of elective courses, in consultation with the academic adviser, enables students to specialize in the above mentioned areas, as well as in robotics, microcircuits, microprocessors, and high frequency electronics. Laboratory work associated with electrical engineering courses is an important part of the degree program. This work helps students gain hands-on experience in applying the theoretical knowledge they acquire to practical engineering problems. Engineering design is an important component of the curriculum that concludes with a significant year-long senior design project.
The computer engineering program has many similarities to the electrical engineering program described above, but allows students to put more emphasis on computer-related technology. The computer engineering degree program is designed for those students who want a special emphasis in both the hardware and software associated with incorporating digital devices and microprocessors into various products and systems. It includes courses in computer science and electrical engineering for both software and hardware design. Extensive laboratory work gives students hands-on experience with wired logic and microprogrammed digital systems, microprocessors, personal computers, embedded processors, hardware descriptive language, and computer networks.
This area offers excellent opportunities for those interested in applying the techniques of the electrical engineering to problems of environmental science, wildlife studies, biology and medicine. Employment opportunities exist in state and federal agencies, industry and medical institutions. Career placement includes such areas as use of telemetry for wildlife management, environmental monitoring, design and development of biological and medical instrumentation and clinical engineering. With minor modifications, the curriculum shown may be used as excellent preparation for entrance to medical or dental school.
Engineering is a global profession and today’s engineers must be able to work and interact in a variety of diverse cultural and technical environments. The international engineering option gives electrical and computer engineering students an opportunity to study culture and foreign language at the same time as they pursue their engineering degrees. The option includes at least one semester of study abroad with courses taken in a foreign language. In addition, students may participate in a four-to-five month international internship. Foreign language skills can be earned through a variety of means, including formal university coursework, intensive summer language programs, and previous education. Foreign language education and the study-abroad experience satisfy the cultural context requirements of the University Studies Program.