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Bachelor of Science in Engineering; Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering is the application of scientific and mathematical principles to the design, manufacture, and control of structures, machines, processes, and systems. In the past, the work of electrical engineers has had a direct and vital impact on people’s lives. Electrical engineers have been responsible for the creation of electric power, modern electronics, computers, electronic communication systems, modern flight controllers, automated manufacturing, and medical diagnostic tools. An electrical engineering education continues to provide opportunities for solving problems of great social significance and for increasing people’s quality of life.

The electrical engineering program, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.), spans the disciplines of electronics, computers, circuits, electromagnetic fields, power systems, controls, communications, signal processing, and solid state materials and devices. The degree requires a minimum of 131 credit hours which include 33 credit hours associated with the UNLV's General Education Core. Graduates of the program will receive a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with Major in Electrical Engineering.

Learning Objectives

Electrical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering – Electrical Engineering Major are to transmit, create, and apply knowledge so that:

  1. The graduate can practice in the field of electrical engineering after graduation.
  2. The graduate can be admitted to and successfully complete a graduate program in electrical engineering.

Electrical Engineering Program Goals

To achieve these objectives, the Electrical Engineering program’s goals are for the graduate to possess:

  1. appropriate technical knowledge and skills,
  2. appropriate interpersonal skills,
  3. the knowledge and skills to be a responsible citizen.

Electrical Engineering Program Outcomes

To achieve these objectives and goals, each graduate of the Electrical Engineering Major will attain the following outcomes before graduation:

  1. the appropriate technical knowledge and skills
    • 1.1 An ability to apply mathematics through differential and integral calculus,
    • 1.2.An ability to apply advanced mathematics such as differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, and discrete mathematics,
    • 1.3 An ability to apply knowledge of basic sciences,
    • 1.4 An ability to apply knowledge of computer science
    • 1.5 An ability to apply knowledge of probability and statistics,
    • 1.6 An ability to apply knowledge of engineering
    • 1.7 An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
    • 1.8 An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
    • 1.9 An ability to analyze and design complex electrical and electronic devices
    • 1.10 An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
    • 1.11 An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  2. the appropriate interpersonal skills
    • 2.1 An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
    • 2.2 An ability to communicate effectively
  3. the knowledge and skills to be responsible citizens.
    • 3.1 An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
    • 3.2 The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
    • 3.3 A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
    • 3.4 A knowledge of contemporary issues
    • 3.5 A knowledge of the basic content and concepts of the U.S. and Nevada constitutions

Career Possibilities

A Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering specifically prepares graduates for a career in the electrical engineering field. Electrical engineers are responsible for the creation of electric power, electronic circuits, computers, electromagnetic and optical systems, solid state electronic materials, electronic communication systems, signal processing systems, control systems, and biomedical devices. In power engineering, electrical engineers solve problems associated with the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity as well as the design of related devices. Electrical Engineers that work as electronic engineers are responsible for the design and test of electronic circuits in electronic products such as radios, cell phones, computers and medical equipment. Electrical engineers in solid state electronics design the manufacturing processes that fabricate micro and nano-devices such as the components used in sensors or integrated circuits. In computer engineering, electrical engineers apply principles from electrical engineering and computer science to the design and analysis of all hardware and software for a computer system. Electrical engineers in electromagnetism design products based on electromagnetic properties which include antennas, high frequency electronics and optical systems lasers and fiber optics. Electronic communication engineers design systems such as radios, televisions, and cell phones, that require the transmission and reception of information across a channel such as a coax cable, optical fiber or free space. Signal processing engineers develop mathematical algorithms for systems that process and interpret signal information which includes speech recognition systems, noise canceling headphones and GPS systems. Electrical engineers that design automatic control systems such flight controllers, automobile cruise controllers, and robotics use mathematics to model dynamic systems and then use these models to design controllers that control these systems to behave in a desired manner. A Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering can also help graduates find work in other careers such as patent law.