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Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
What will I be studying?
Students who are interested in electrical engineering begin in the Freshman Engineering Program, thus obtaining fundamental skills and an overview of the various degree programs at Missouri S&T, before entering the main program. They commit to a given degree program after exposure to the different career options. Once in the program, students gain knowledge in the main areas of electrical engineering, learn to use hardware and software tools in numerous laboratories, and apply engineering concepts in both freshman and capstone design experiences. Educational options include dual major programs (such as electrical and computer engineering degrees), minor programs, emphasis areas, and honors activities. They may supplement their education with participation in design competitions, professional societies, work internships, research experiences, etc.
The curriculum exposes students to the breadth of electrical engineering and allows them to pursue electives in several areas or to emphasize a specialty. The areas are defined as circuits, electronics, power, communications-signal processing, controls, electromagnetics, optic/devices, and computer engineering.
In circuits and electronics, courses provide study of basic electrical devices - energy sources, resistors, inductors, capacitors, diodes, and transistors - and their interconnection in operational networks. Circuits design and analysis techniques are covered with both analog and digital applications.
In power, courses emphasize the design and applications of motors, generators, transformers, distribution systems, high-voltage devices, and power electronics.
In communications-signal processing, courses include concepts required for the characterization and manipulation of information-bearing signals, modulation systems, wireless networks, image processing, and detection hardware.
In controls, courses emphasize the design and application of circuits and systems to automatically monitor and regulate devices, machines, and processes. Advanced technologies using digital control, intelligent processing, neural networks, and programmable logic controllers are included.
In electromagnetics, courses provide instruction in the interaction, propagation, and transmission high-frequency waves and signals through space and in conductors. Topics include grounding and shielding, antennas, microwaves, and systems.
In optics/devices, courses provide study of solid-state materials, electronic devices, and optoelectronics. Applications are microfabrication, telecommunications, computing, instrumentation, lasers and fiber optics, sensing, and smart technologies.
In computer engineering, courses are offered in digital logic, digital hardware, and microprocessor systems. Other studies are available for embedded computer systems, computer architecture, integrated circuits, computational intelligence, networks and software engineering, and software security and reliability.
Our ABET-accredited Electrical Engineering Program and the closely-related Computer Engineering Program are run in the same department. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department strives to contribute to the state, nation, and world through the education of outstanding professionals and leaders in engineering. Our educational focus is on a broad, rigorous education in all areas of electrical and computer engineering with significant hands-on experiences. The program aims to provide students with an understanding of engineering problem solving at all levels and an appreciation for engineering as a profession. The program is designed to emphasize technical competency and an engineering perspective, as well as incorporate professional skills and knowledge.
Electrical Engineering Curriculum
The main technical organization for Computer Engineering is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE). This is the largest technical society in the world with over 300,000 members.
There is an IEEE Student Section at Missouri S&T including a Computer Society Chapter. There is also a chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, the national honorary society for Electrical & Computer Engineering students.