Electrical Engineering

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Why major in Electrical Engineering?

Electrical engineering is among the broadest engineering fields, bridging the cyber and physical worlds through devices, circuits, systems, and information science.

As an electrical engineer, you develop a broad set of skills in electronics, power, signals, and computing that you can apply to highly complex systems ranging from bio-implantable devices to the latest Mars rover space missions.

A background in electrical engineering prepares you with the technical toolkit and systems design mindset to overcome the most pressing challenges facing society, such as advancing green energy through advanced solar cells and the smart grid, advancing transportation through autonomous and electric vehicle technologies, securing cyberspace, and improving health and wellness through new biosensors and data analytics.

Every day, we are increasingly surrounded by the Internet of Things brought to us by electrical engineers.

Program Highlights

Electrical engineering students at UD benefit from a broad array of experiential learning opportunities, including robust senior design and undergraduate research programs, as well as our Vertically Integrated Projects program, which unites undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context. Many of our undergraduates publish papers in scholarly journals or attend conferences all over the country before receiving their degree.

Honors Program

Are you looking to expand your intellectual horizons? If you are the type of student who wants to work hard academically, but also be part of a bright and vibrant community of scholars, the UD Honors Program may be a good fit for you.


The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program connects undergraduate students with the cutting-edge research taking place at UD. Multi-disciplinary teams of students work on projects centered around the work of faculty, who serve as leaders and mentors to teams.


Program Requirements

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
EGGG 101 – Introduction to Engineering (FYE)
CHEM 103 – General Chemistry
MATH 241 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus A
CISC 106 – General Computer Science for Engineers
Breadth Requirement Elective 1

Spring Semester
CISC 210 – Introduction to Systems Programming
PHYS 207 – Fundamentals of Physics I
MATH 242 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus B
CPEG 202 – Introduction to Digital Systems
ENGL 110 – Seminar in Composition

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
ELEG 205 – Analog Circuits I
CPEG 222 – Microprocessor Systems
MATH 243 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus C
PHYS 208 – Fundamentals of Physics II

Spring Semester
ELEG 305 – Signals and Systems
ELEG 309 – Electronic Circuit Analysis I
MATH 351 – Engineering Mathematics I
ELEG 298 – ECE Design Challenges

Junior Year

Fall Semester
ELEG 313 – Electromagnetic Field Theory
ELEG 340 – Solid State Electronics
MATH 342 – Differential Equations with Linear Algebra II
Written Communication Elective (Satisfies upper level COE Breadth Requirement)
Breadth Requirement Elective 3

Spring Semester
ELEG 310 – Random Signals and Noise
ELEG 398 – ECE Design & Entrepreneurship
ELEG Foundation Elective 1
ELEG Foundation Elective 2
Technical Elective 1

Senior Year

Fall Semester
ELEG 498 – Senior Design I (DLE & Capstone)
ELEG Foundation Elective 3
ELEG/CPEG 3xx Technical Elective
Technical Elective 2
Breadth Requirement Elective 4

Spring Semester
ELEG 499 – Senior Design II
ELEG 491 – Ethics and Impacts of Engineering
ELEG/CPEG 4xx Technical Elective 1
ELEG/CPEG 4xx Technical Elective 2
Breadth Requirement Elective 5

Current Students

Select the semester of matriculation to see curriculum

Fall 2018 | Fall 2017 | Fall 2016 | Flow chart [pdf]

ELEG majors must take 3 foundation electives, a number of approved technical electives, and 2 semesters of senior design.


4+1 Program Options

The department offers special 4 + 1 BEE/MSECE and 4 + 1 BCpE/MSECE programs for highly-qualified undergraduate students.

The program allows the student to earn both the BEE/BCpE and the MSECE degree in five years of full-time study in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Delaware. Students must apply by May 1 of their junior year. GRE scores will be waived. For admissions to this program the following minimum criteria will be applied:

  • An undergraduate grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A minimum of two letters of strong support from former teachers at the University of Delaware.

The application and processing instructions can be found at the Graduate College website. Once you start the application, click on the 4 + 1 program option.


Spectrum Scholars

UD’s Spectrum Scholars program promotes a welcoming environment for undergraduate students with autism at UD that enhances their ability to thrive in academic environments and campus life. In collaboration with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and administered by the University’s Center for Disabilities Studies, undergraduate students with autism receive comprehensive coaching and career development opportunities during their undergraduate experience as they work toward a successful career.

Future Opportunities

Career Paths

  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Multimedia Signals & Systems Engineer
  • Circuit & Systems Design Engineer
  • Nanofabrication & VLSI Engineer
  • Medical Instrumentation
  • Internet of Things, Hardware, & Communications Engineer

Graduate School For

  • Cybersecurity Defense & Offense
  • Nanofabrication & VLSI
  • Electromagnetics & Photonics
  • High Performance & Cloud Computing
  • Data Sciences & Machine Learning
  • Medical Devices & Imaging Systems

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