Electrical engineering is one of the most popular fields in engineering, covering everything related to electrical and electronic devices, including semiconductors at the heart of computers, telecommunications networks that circle the globe and electronic controls that coordinate complex systems in factories and commercial aircraft.
Electrical engineers design, develop and test a wide range of electronic systems, including microelectronics, electric motors, lighting systems, automotive electronics and radar and navigation systems. Careers are available in the consumer electronics and semiconductor industries as well as in academia, government and the military.
Engineering education requires strong high school preparation. Pre-engineering students should take at least one semester in trigonometry and one year each in elementary algebra, intermediate and advanced algebra, plane geometry, chemistry and physics, thus preparing to move immediately into demanding college courses in calculus, calculus-based physics and chemistry for science majors.
Students also should be able to read rapidly and with comprehension, and to write clearly and correctly.
The electrical engineering program provides a solid foundation in electrical networks, electronics, electro-magnetics, computers, digital systems and communications. Mastery of these areas provides students with the ability to adapt and thrive in their careers.
Students may take the general program or specialize in microelectronics or telecommunications. They may take advanced courses in computer hardware and software, analog and digital communication systems, analog and digital signal processing, micro-electronic components and systems, and guided and unguided wave propagation.
The Jonsson School also offers a wide choice of electives, emphasizes the importance of communication skills and seeks to heighten awareness of the relationship between technology and society. Students must take 128 hours to graduate, including 42 hours from the University’s core curriculum and 76 hours in the major. All lower-division students concentrate on mathematics, science and introductory engineering courses, building competence in these cornerstone areas for future application in upper-division engineering courses.
The Erik Jonsson School operates one of the largest internship and cooperative education programs of its kind, averaging more than 500 student placements a year at Dallas-area high-tech companies, including Texas Instruments, Research In Motion, Raytheon, Alcatel-Lucent and Tektronix.
The Fast-Track Program enables exceptionally gifted undergraduate students to include master’s level courses in their undergraduate degree plans. When Fast-Track students graduate with a bachelor’s degree, they are automatically admitted to graduate school at UT Dallas. The hours required to complete the master’s degree are reduced by the number of Fast-Track graduate hours completed. So a Fast-Track undergraduate who passed 12 hours of graduate coursework would have only 21 hours of graduate coursework left in order to complete a master’s degree.
Strategically located in the Telecom Corridor, home of the second-largest high-tech economy in the U.S., the Jonsson School recently completed a major public-private initiative that greatly expanded its capabilities and included construction of a new state-of-the-art 192,000-square-foot interdisciplinary research building.
With more than 130 faculty, 4,000 students, and $47 million in research funding, the Jonsson School has six academic departments:
In addition, the school recently added a minor in nanoscience and technology.
Bachelor of Science: Biomedical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, telecommunications engineering
Master of Science: Biomedical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering and management, telecommunications engineering
Doctor of Philosophy: Biomedical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, telecommunications engineering
Research efforts under way at the school involve such cutting-edge technology as:
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Department of Electrical Engineering
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, EC-33
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021