Electrical Engineering, B.S.E.

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Electrical engineers work on the frontiers of technological change—especially at Oakland University.

Our electrical engineering degree provides you with one-of-a-kind opportunities to gain hands-on experience in nanotechnology, wireless systems, microelectronics, renewable energy, and other cutting-edge electrical engineering applications. Oakland University has active partnerships with global industrial leaders in Southeast Michigan’s “Automation Alley,” giving you access to unique electrical engineering internships and research collaborations. You’ll learn from nationally prominent faculty and work in state-of-the-art electrical engineering labs, building practical skills that give you an edge in the electrical engineering job market. Our electrical engineering degree has an excellent reputation in the industry, so you’ll begin your career with a head start on the competition for electrical engineering jobs. The electrical engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Electrical Engineering Degree: The Oakland University Advantage

Some of the most exciting innovations in electrical engineering are being developed right in Oakland University’s backyard. Our electrical engineering degree gets you out of the classroom and into Southeast Michigan’s labs, design centers, and prototyping facilities. You’ll have exceptional opportunities for electrical engineering internships in automotive, energy, health care, robotics, consumer electronics, and other high-tech sectors. These experiences often lead to electrical engineering job offers

In addition, our electrical engineering degree stands out for its:

  • World-class facilities. Our electrical engineering labs feature the same specialized technology that’s used in industry. On-campus centers such as the Applied Electromagnetics and Wireless Laboratory and Microelectromechanical Systems Laboratory provide you with hands-on exposure to the most advanced electrical engineering technology.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities. You won’t have to wait until graduate school to get involved with cutting-edge research, coauthor a research paper for an academic journal, or present your work at a professional conference. Oakland University’s electrical engineering faculty routinely assign meaningful research roles to undergraduates. You’ll also build research skills via project-based assignments in the regular electrical engineering curriculum.
  • Superior faculty. Our electrical engineering program is led by some of the nation’s foremost authorities. You’ll learn from industry experts in small classes, enabling you to build real relationships that maximize your academic and career growth.
  • Applied focus. Employers value practical skills combined with theoretical knowledge. Our electrical engineering program equips you with a professional toolkit that’s designed to get results. You’ll excel at solving problems, working on teams, collaborating across disciplines, and working with timelines and design budgets.
  • Industry partnerships. Some of the biggest players in global industry help to fund our research and train our electrical engineering majors. Our partners and advisers include heavyweights such as Daimler Chrysler, Sony, General Dynamics, Ford, DTE Energy, Hitachi, and Lear Corporation.

Electrical Engineering Salaries and Careers

A career in electrical engineering paves the way to attractive entry-level positions and opportunities for entrepreneurship. Electrical engineer salaries average close to $100,000 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Michigan ranks 4th among the states in electrical engineering job opportunities, and 2nd in electrical engineering jobs per capita.

Oakland University graduates commonly find electrical engineering jobs in fields such as:

  • Consumer electronics
  • Robotics
  • Automotive
  • Computer hardware
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Communications
  • Aerospace

Electrical Engineering Degree: What You’ll Study

Our electrical engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. You’ll take fundamental coursework in calculus and physics, with a professional engineering core that covers subjects such as:

  • Analog and digital circuits
  • Communications
  • Computers
  • Electromagnets
  • Electronics (including VLSI systems)
  • Electronic devices
  • Power systems
  • Digital logic
  • Computer-aided design (CAD)

You can also choose electives in robotics, computer hardware and software, power systems, communications, and other subjects. The electrical engineering degree concludes with a senior design project.

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