Electrical Engineering Major

Electrical Engineering Major

Electrical Engineering

Major

The electrical engineering major is devoted to the idea of design-simulate-build-test. Majors have the necessary skills to see projects through from requirements to working devices that meet real needs for customers.

Electrical engineers use the principles of physics, mathematics, and the engineering sciences to develop new and innovative applications of electronics. Regardless of branch, officers will surely be involved with electronic systems in military hardware. Cadets who major in electrical engineering develop a mastery of the fundamental elements of circuit theory, electromagnetic fields and waves, electronics, digital computer logic, and electromechanical energy conversion. They then study in greater depth subjects selected from the areas of robotics, communications, opto-electronics, alternative energy, and cyber engineering. The program emphasizes practical design, hands-on laboratory and computer experience, teamwork, and interdisciplinary projects. The program additionally provides a sound basis for graduate schooling in electrical engineering. This major offers an honors track. 

The electrical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Electrical engineering majors have a lab requirement component. 

 

To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Required Courses

EE302 INTRO ELECTRICAL ENGIN 

EE360 DIGITAL LOGIC W/ EMBEDDED SYS 

EE362 INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONICS 

EE377 ELECTRICAL POWER ENGNRNG 

EE381 SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS 

EE383 ELECTROMAGN FIELDS & WAVES 

EE400 EE PROFESSIONAL CONSIDERATIONS 

EE462 ELECTRONIC DESIGN 

XE401 INTEGRATIVE SYSTEM DESIGN I

 

Sample Electives

CS393 DATABASE SYSTEMS 

CY300 PROGRAMMING FUNDAMENTALS 

EE477 DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS 

EE480 OPTICAL FIBER COMMUNICATIONS 

EE482 WIRELESS COMM SYS ENGINEERING 

EE483 PHOTONICS ENGINEERING 

EE485 SPEC TOPICS IN EE 

EE486 SOLID STATE ELECTRONICS 

EE487 EMBEDDED SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT 

EE489 ADV IND STUDY IN ELECT ENGR 

EE489A ADV IND STUDY IN ELECT ENGR

EE490 ELEC ENGRNG SUMMER RESEARCH

XE442 ALTERNATIVE ENERGY ENGINEERING

XE472 DYNAMIC MODELING AND CONTROL 

XE475 MECHATRONICS 

XE492 DISRUPTIVE INNOVATIONS

 

This major offers an honors track. 

 

To learn more, view the full Electrical Engineering Major Curriculum.

Outside the classroom, many electrical engineering majors participate in clubs and activities that are great fun and professionally rewarding.  A few examples include: the Amateur Radio Club and the Electronic Experimenters' Group – which provides kits, parts, tools, and faculty help, at no charge, for cadets who are interested in building their own electronic equipment. Cadets in this major have the opportunity to apply for a summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience, to apply their knowledge in research and operational settings at locations throughout the world. 

 

To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science or the Cyber Research Center and the Photonics Research Center.