Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Understand and learn to design the components and systems powering our world with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Central Oklahoma.
As the vastest-reaching engineering discipline, electrical engineering encompasses all parts and components using or revolving around the technology of electricity. This extends from their concept and creation to their operation within a larger system. Through a rigorous curriculum introducing you to key theories and emphasizing hands-on applications, you’ll be exposed to circuit theory and design, microprocessors, communication systems, energy sources, electromagnetic fields, automation, electronics systems, industrial control systems and signal processing. This breadth of knowledge serves as a stepping stone to a challenging career in testing, design or research in government, service or industry or for continuing your education in a related graduate program.
UCO’s ABET-accredited program introduces the skills essential for understanding and utilizing digital signal processes, control systems, telecommunications, microelectronics, power systems, mechatronics and electromatics and reinforces these concepts through a spectrum of applied learning opportunities. Invested faculty guide your journey through the classroom, while laboratory facilities outfitted with modern equipment help to highlight real-world scenarios. Undergraduate research opportunities not only allow you to explore related areas further but get a sense of your future career in design or research and development.
To get you to this point, the Department of Engineering and Physics:
- Strives to graduate students who go forth and make an impact in the field of electrical engineering, either as a team member or leader in research and development or an industry role;
- Trains all electrical engineering students to identify a problem and use their knowledge to work their way through it and come up with a solution;
- Wants all students to consider electrical engineering concepts within our collective world, including to address public health, safety and welfare issues while factoring in global, cultural, social, economic and environmental concerns;
- Emphasizes a strong ethical and professional mindset for collaborating in diverse teams and communities, making educated judgments, solving problems and conscientiously thinking about engineering’s effect in environmental, global, societal and economic contexts;
- Stresses problem-solving and team building through classroom projects and other enrichment opportunities, so that students can conceptualize a project and direct it through completion;
- Views data analysis as integral to research and engineering advances as a whole;
- Considers the practical applications of electrical engineering, instructing students in modeling, analyzing and designing systems and integrating smaller components within larger systems; and,
- Helps students develop a strong, multifaceted foundation in electrical engineering to prepare for a career designing, developing or testing systems or contributing research that fuels the next generation of technology.
All bachelor’s in electrical engineering students take a minimum of 125 credit hours, including foundational courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics and the university core. Through electives, consider specializing your degree toward your interests or career goals in digital electronics, digital signal processing, digital and analog communication, semiconductor devices or control systems.
In starting the engineering course sequence, you’ll become familiar with:
- General engineering disciplines, problem-solving methods, computer tools and skills, professional ethics and resources;
- Engineering mechanics and laws applying to force and torque;
- Electrical circuits, including resistors, capacitors and inductors;
- Electrostatic and magnetic fields and sources;
- Digital logic design via Boolean algebra, logic circuits and number systems;
- Statistics and probability for conducting engineering studies and analyzing data;
- Representing and designing signals;
- Designing and building linear systems;
- Analog electronics, including passive devices, bipolar junction transistors, field-effect transistors and operational amplifiers;
- Materials science, from how materials are engineered to properties, structure and applications;
- The architecture, operation and application of microprocessors and programming;
- Computational methods for solving engineering problems;
- The concepts, design and operation of electric power systems;
- Digital and analog communication theories and applications;
- Digital signal processing theories and applications; and,
- The design, optimization and control of electromechanical and mechatronic systems.
Further taking your goals into account, undergraduate students eyeing a graduate program have the option of getting approval to start a Master of Science in engineering physics - electrical engineering or a Professional Science Master’s in computational science during their senior year. You’ll enroll in select graduate-level courses as you finish up the undergraduate sequence and then officially begin the graduate program the following year.
The majority of students jump into the working world in a government, industry or service role after completing a B.S. in electrical engineering and later consider a master’s for moving up into management. Due to the nature of the discipline, a broad spectrum of fields require professionals with electrical engineering knowledge, including:
- Energy and power;
- Biomedical systems and medical devices;
- Military and defense;
- Consumer electronics and product design; and,
- Laser and radar systems.
Your knowledge becomes indispensable for creating, testing and integrating components ranging from microchips to motors, communications systems and power generation equipment. As you advance, you may find yourself in a research and development role or overseeing a team of engineers. Reflecting the possibilities, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified 7% growth for electrical and electronics engineers between 2020 and 2030.
Incoming freshmen are eligible for a variety of scholarships within the General Academic Scholarship Program. There are multiple scholarships specific to the College of Mathematics and Science available.
Gain a stronger sense of how devices, systems and our world as a whole function with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from UCO. For additional information, general inquiries about the Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering program may be directed toward the Electrical Engineering Director, Nesreen Alsbou, Ph.D.