Electrical engineers work in the frontier of high technology and solve problems through the skillful application of mathematics and science. They design innovative products such as cellular telephones, high definition TVs that show lifelike pictures, and imaging systems that allow physicians to look inside the human body without performing surgery. Electrical engineers also design systems for the generation and distribution of power that light our homes, operate our factories, and run our household appliances. Working in teams, electrical engineers fabricate complex, tiny components that are used in computers, sensors, stereo systems, weather satellites, automobiles, modern appliances, and automated factories.
The curriculum for electrical engineering students is both interesting and challenging. Courses the first year include calculus, physics and chemistry. During the second and third year at SDSU, electrical engineering students are exposed to specific courses in the major. Upper division classes allow students to put theory into practice. Courses such as analog and digital circuit design, electronic materials, power systems, and electromagnetics will immerse students into the electrical engineering field.
Each student will select from technical electives such as VLSI design (i.e., designing microchips), biomedical instrumentation, microwave transmission, communication systems, digital signal processing, microprocessors, multi-media programming, power systems design and analysis, optical electronics and computer networks. In fact, among the four engineering departments, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers the most flexibility with regard to elective courses.
- Fully equipped laboratories. The department has ample resources in computing equipment, including Pentium computers and the latest high performance workstations running the full suite of Mentor Graphics Computer Aided Design software, the same software that is used by the most successful high technology companies. In addition, the department maintains laboratories for digital and analog circuit design, electric machines, physical electronics, telecommunications system design, and multimedia software development.
- The MESA Engineering Program (MEP) provides assistance to ensure student success. The development of academic excellence is fostered through a coordinated program of advising, mentoring, tutoring, group study and many other support services. In addition, the College of Engineering sponsors the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Pre-College Program, which operates in many local high schools to encourage entrance into math-based careers. For additional information, please contact MEP at (619) 594-0232.
- Student organizations. SDSU has many engineering organizations
that provide social activities and professional development. Some of
these are: Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society;
Eta Kappa Nu, a national electrical engineering honor society;
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a student
chapter and national professional society; Society of Women Engineers;
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; National Society
of Black Engineers and Associated Engineering Student Council.
These organizations participate in many events throughout the year. Becoming active in any of these organizations will give you opportunities to develop your leadership skills and your ability to interact with others who have similar interests. Working on special projects such as the solar powered car will develop your "hands-on" skills and allow you to compete with students from universities in other states and countries. In addition, SDSU offers a rich variety of social, recreational, cultural, and athletic activities throughout the academic year.
Engineers earn considerably more than other graduates who begin a career with a Bachelor of Science degree. Employment offers vary by region, company, and amount of experience. San Diego has many large telecommunications and electronic firms that employ electrical and computer engineers. Career Services at SDSU manages cooperative education and internship programs, helps students to improve their job-hunting skills, and provides opportunities for graduating students to interview with companies.
To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Web site for more information.
You can view more complete information regarding the Electrical Engineering program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.