Electrical Engineering Bachelor of Science
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Does the design and operation of electrical equipment and systems, and optoelectronic devices fascinate you? Would you like to design radar remote sensing arrays to monitor the weather and other environmental variables, or energy systems that conserve resources or utilize solar energy? Do you have a strong interest in math and the physical sciences? Would the design of manufacturing control systems, lasers, microelectronic devises for residential and commercial use, and image and signal processors interest you? Does your bedroom look like the inside of an electronics store? How about designing or fabricating the next generation of microprocessor chips? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then a major in Electrical Engineering may be for you.

Engineering is the art of applying science to create things that benefit people. Approximately two million engineers work in the United States. Electrical and Computer Engineering are those branches of engineering that involve making things that use electricity. Specifically, electrical engineering covers everything related to electrical devices and systems. The field is extremely broad. For example, electrical engineers may be involved in the design and development of telecommunications networks, in the design and manufacture of consumer electronics, in the development of control systems for space vehicles and robots, and in many aspects of the power and automotive industries. Such things as satellite communications, cell phones, fiber optic networks, radar systems and neural networks all fall within the domain of the electrical engineer. Within all of these industries, electrical engineers work in design, testing and verification, and in manufacturing. They are the creators as well as the implementers of all things electrical.

Electrical engineering students develop a solid foundation in math and physics. The electrical engineering core comprises the bulk of courses. Students achieve advanced and in-depth understanding in a number of technical areas; develop proficiency in critical workplace skills; obtain hands-on experience in laboratory experimentation and data analysis; and use a broad range of software tools for analysis and design. State-of-the-art laboratory facilities provide students with an in-depth understanding of the concepts learned in class. The senior design project is conducted in a team setting under the direct guidance of a faculty member and includes written and oral presentations.

Graduates of the program will be academically well prepared with technical knowledge and creative skills to enter the industrial workplace as well as pursue advanced degrees. In particular, they will be proficient in open-ended problem solving and in engineering design. This will be accomplished by ensuring that our students achieve the following specific objectives:

* Gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of electrical engineering,

* Achieve advanced and in-depth understanding in a number of technical areas within the discipline,

* Develop proficiency in critical workplace skills including teamwork, oral and written communication, and independent learning, and

* Become skilled in hands-on laboratory experimentation and data analysis, and in the use of a broad range of software tools for analysis and design.

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* Intrigued by designing electrical devices
* Enjoys experimentation and data analysis
* Possesses strong interest and aptitude for math and the physical sciences
* Demonstrates innovation and logical thinking
* Able to draw information from multiple sources
* Exudes strong problem solving ability
* Works effectively with a team and independently
* Values accuracy and precision
* Exercises good written and verbal communication skills

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Electrical engineers design, develop and supervise the manufacture of electrical, electronic systems or components. Engineers also test new equipment/systems, write performance requirements, develop maintenance schedules and solve operating problems. Electrical engineers work in the following fields: analog and digital electronics, digital systems and signal processing, microelectronics, computers, controls, lasers, power generation and distribution, optical electronics, semiconductors, antennas, and radar.

Colorado State University engineering graduates are well prepared for a professional career with a greater than 90% pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering professional exam. With electrical engineering being the largest engineering profession, graduates readily find employment in many fields of industry, education, government, and service. Students may enhance their employment opportunities by completing a minor in computer science, mathematics, or physics. Participation in internships, volunteer activities, or cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance your practical training and development. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels. Potential career options include but are not limited to:
* Electrical test engineer
* Field engineer
* Integrated circuit layout designer
* Biomedical engineer
* Electronics research engineer
* Occupational safety specialist
* Production manager
* Specification writer
* Electric power superintendent
* Numerical control programmer
* Geophysicist
* Aerospace engineer
* Lasers engineer
* Communications specialist
* Transportation engineer

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* Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
* Etta Kappa Nu (HKN)
* Tau Beta Pi Honor Society
* Engineering Legislature
* Society of Women Engineers
* Society of Black Engineers and Scientists
* Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
* American Indian Science and Engineering Society

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
104 Engineering Building
1373 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1373
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Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-8008
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