Why Study Electrical Engineering?
In the Electrical Engineering program, we will prepare you for a career in electrical and electronics engineering, two areas that are virtually indistinguishable today. In the past, “electrical engineering” often connoted “electric power” and “electric machines,” but those fields have been revolutionized by power electronics, communications and digital electronics – all electronic systems – so to us they are all the same. Earn your degree in EE here, and we’ll prepare you for everything that the future holds.
Electrical and electronics engineers use engineering design principles, along with math, physics and software to create the technology that makes our world click.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the largest employers of electrical and electronics engineers are in the fields of electric power and telecommunications. Top employers also include manufacturers of semiconductor chips, autonomous vehicles, navigation systems, measurement and sensing systems, electromedical and control systems. Our graduates are employed in design and manufacturing, engineering services, government, and research and development organizations.
Our curriculum provides a strong foundation in the core areas of electrical engineering and prepares you for employment in industry or for graduate school. It integrates the study of engineering and computing and exposes you to the full breadth of electrical engineering with core courses in the major specialty areas. A series of vertically integrated laboratory courses provide hands-on experience in electrical and electronics engineering. Career plan electives allow you to concentrate in a specific area of interest.
Major subjects included in our curriculum include:
- Circuits, signals, and systems
- Analog electronics
- Digital electronics and algorithms
- Digital signal processing
- Control systems
- Computer architecture
- Computer modeling of electrical systems
- Five Career Plan electives
Our very hands-on curriculum also includes five major laboratory experiences:
- Instrumentation, circuits, and systems
- Real-time systems
- Two-semester capstone design project
We will broaden your engineering horizons (and your career opportunities) with courses in:
- Fundamentals of mechanical systems
- Engineering Economics
Our curriculum also includes the Carolina Core, and foundational math and science courses. Optional independent study and special topics courses add unique learning opportunities.
Visit Undergraduate Curricula for additional details.
Career Plan Electives
Your career goals are supported by our curriculum. Give yourself a competitive advantage by selecting career plan electives to specialize in a sub-discipline of EE while also broadening your competencies by taking courses outside of EE. Choose your own set of career plan electives with the help of your advisor. View some sample career plans for just a hint of the possibilities!
Our two-semester-long capstone design project will put you to work on a challenging team project that will prepare you for the real world of engineering. Your experience will begin with formal definition of the design problem, analysis of system and subsystem requirements, and identification of measures of performance. Your team will brainstorm solutions, analyze the alternatives, conduct a critical design review, and build prototypes. Eventually, you will emerge victorious with a working system that solves an important problem. Throughout, you will learn and apply skills in project management, scheduling, teamwork and communication skills. And you will have fun while learning!
Some recent capstone design projects in electrical engineering include:
- Cocky’s Magic Cart – electrified!
- LiDAR-based navigational assistant for visually impaired persons
- Supercapacitor backup power source
- Ionospheric-bounce communications for unmanned aerial vehicles
- Brushless DC motor controller with power factor correction
Electrical engineering students participate in a variety of clubs including our student chapters of:
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
- GamecockFIRSTers/FRC Team 4901 Garnet Squadron
- IEEE Power Electronics Society
- National Society of Black Engineers
- Society of Women Engineers
Undergraduate research opportunities are available. Undergraduate researchers can get involved in several ways: as a volunteer, for course credit, or as a paid assistant to a graduate student. Research opportunities abound in areas such as communications and electromagnetics, decision and control, electronic materials and devices and power and energy systems.
Along with other undergraduates in our college, electrical engineering students take full advantage of living-learning communities, mentorship opportunities, study abroad, intramurals, internships, just hanging out with friends, and more.
Visit Student Experience to learn more.