About our programs
The electrical engineering BSE program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Student enrollment and graduation data are available on the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering website.
The electrical engineering industry is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary. Electrical and computing devices are used in a vast array of applications, including wireless communications, electric power generation, medicine, energy, space exploration and environmental conservation. The development of the microprocessor also expanded opportunities for electrical engineers to improve the design of familiar products such as automobiles, consumer and office products, entertainment systems, power tools and a variety of test and measurement instruments.
Electrical engineers combine the laws of electricity and principles of engineering to a variety of applications that directly affect the daily lives of most of the world’s population, from the development of satellite communication links to a sophisticated patient monitoring system in a hospital trauma unit. Electrical engineers are concerned with many design and development challenges associated with technology that uses electricity.
Our faculty includes experts in electrical engineering’s many application areas. They are committed to the integration of use-inspired research with locally and globally relevant academic programming and have achieved national recognition by pursuing the best activities in research, training and entrepreneurship.
BSE in electrical engineering
The goal of the electrical engineering undergraduate program is to prepare graduates for positions as electrical engineers. Initial coursework in mathematics, science and engineering foundation classes build a solid base of knowledge. The foundation classes help you explore engineering through hands-on projects and activities. The electrical engineering curriculum includes a number of required upper-division electrical engineering and technical elective courses in areas such as:
- Mixed signal circuit design
- Signal processing and communication
- Control systems
- Electromagnetics, antennas and wireless communication
- Electric power and energy systems
- Physical electronics and photonics
Approved technical elective courses provide students with an opportunity to broaden their background in electrical engineering or to study, in greater depth, technical subjects in which they have special interest. To learn more, contact your academic advisor.
During the course of your degree program, you will work with your peers to examine real issues facing society and learn to develop solutions to those problems.
- Additional program fee: Yes
- Second language requirement: No
- First required math course: MAT 265 — Calculus for Engineers I
Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Electrical engineering (electric power and energy systems), BSE
The goal of the electric power and energy systems concentration is to prepare you for positions in industries dealing with the generation, transmission and utilization of electric power. Generation includes conventional power generation methods, such as from fossil fuels and nuclear energy, and alternative energy systems such as those that use solar, wind and fuel cells for power.
In this concentration, you will first complete foundation courses in math, science and engineering. You are then required to take the pathway course in electric power and complete nine of the 15 required technical elective credit hours with power-focused classes. In addition, your senior design capstone project should be in the area of electric power and energy systems.
What is a major map?
A major map outlines a major’s official requirements, elective and required courses and optimal course sequencing to help students stay on the right track to graduation.
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ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, qualifies for some form of financial aid. More than 70% of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
ASU academic programs are designed to prepare students to apply for applicable licensure or certification in Arizona. Completion of an ASU program may not meet education requirements for licensure or certification in another state.
ASU makes every effort to ensure information about educational requirements for licensure or certification information is current; however, state requirements may change. Separate from educational requirements, state licensure boards may require applicants to complete professional examinations, background checks, years of professional experience, jurisprudence exams, etc. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Arizona, it is strongly recommended that you visit the ASU Professional Licensure website for contact information of the appropriate licensing entity to seek information and guidance regarding licensure or certification requirements.
Curriculum flowcharts and career information
Undergraduate electrical engineering
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Pathway information and seminars
Spring 2023 pathways exploration seminars on Zoom
Learn about your career and academic pathway options and interact with School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering faculty and staff. View the flyer for this semester’s schedule.
All pathway seminars are on Zoom from 10–11 a.m. Arizona time. Join each session at this link.
|Electromagnetics and circuits||Wednesday, January 25|
|Power and physical electronics and photonics||Wednesday, February 1|
|Signal processing and controls||Wednesday, February 8|
|What is senior design?||Wednesday, February 22|
|Grad school programs, Accelerated Master’s degree programs and careers||Wednesday, March 1|
Fall 2022 seminar recordings
Physical electronics and photonics (formerly solid-state electronics) deals with circuits and devices built from and contained within solid materials. Some examples are microchips, LED and LCD devices. The field covers topics that include semiconductor devices and materials, characterization, photonic/photovoltaic devices, semiconductor processing/intelligent control, nanoelectronics, computational electronics and molecular electronics and transport.
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Fall 2021 seminar recordings
Electromagnetics is the study of the effect of charges at rest and in motion. This field analyzes, models and designs antenna systems, radio frequency/microwave circuits, fiber optics and electronics packaging.
Our electric power and energy systems program is one of the largest in the country and has a variety of research expertise, simulation tools and experimental capabilities available. The program has three subdivisions in power generation, transmission and distribution and electricity utilization.
Spring 2021 seminar recordings
Signal processing involves sound, images and sensor data, while the field of communications provides society with storage devices, such as hard drives, and connectivity, such as the internet and mobile phones.
Graduate school and programs
- School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering grad school: master’s & doctoral degree program options, research & courses
- Computer engineering, a joint program between the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering and the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence
- Career paths for electrical engineering majors
- Accelerated Master’s degree program
- The robotics and autonomous systems master’s degree program
- Q & A session following the presentation
What is senior design?
Program objectives and outcomes
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Our undergraduate programs aim to prepare graduates for work as electrical engineers in commercial, industrial, academic and government organizations. Our programs also intend to prepare graduates for continued learning experiences in continuing education or a formal graduate or professional program. We aim to equip our alumni will to advance to supervisory and leadership positions in their chosen careers.
Three to seven years after graduation, we expect our alumni to do one or more of the following:
- Graduate from a graduate or professional school degree program.
- Achieve success in a government, industrial, commercial, entrepreneurial or academic position, as evidenced by continued employment and technical accomplishments.
- Progress in a chosen career, as shown by promotion to a position of increased technical, supervisory or management responsibility.
- Ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and math.
- Ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.
- Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- Ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.
- Ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives.
- Ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- Ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed using appropriate learning strategies.