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Why major in Electrical Engineering?

Entrepreneurship is the driving force for innovation and growth in the global economy, and UD’s educational and research programs in electrical engineering provide numerous opportunities to explore this force underlying the competitiveness, success, and prosperity of society.

Undergraduate laboratory experiences give students the chance to practice skills they learn in classes on real devices and to see firsthand the physics that they describe mathematically in classes. Because of our lab courses, upon graduation our students not only understand the technical world but also have the skills and experience to change it. Our electrical engineering students, faculty, and alumni have helped launch a multitude of entrepreneurial success stories over the years. They continue to change the world with their spirit of innovation, passion for technology, and technology transfer.

Future Opportunities

UD electrical and computer engineering graduates pursue exciting, rewarding, and successful careers. On average, 70–80% of graduates with a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree choose employment in private industry, government laboratories and agencies, and non-profit research centers. Approximately 15–20% of computer engineering graduates choose to continue their education toward a master’s or Ph.D. degree, and some graduates will opt to attend medical, law, or business school. Students who earn advanced degrees in engineering usually pursue a career in advanced research in industry or academia.

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

Sample Plan of Study

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

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

Educational Opportunities

Electrical and computer 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.

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