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Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers develop technologies, devices, sensors and specialized computer codes that make aircraft navigation, automotive control, environmental sensing, wireless communication, medical imaging, telehealth, military communication, weather prediction, smart grid operation and many other applications possible. Through classroom instruction, simulations, hands-on lab courses and projects, EE students at South Carolina gain knowledge in circuits, semiconductor devices, electronics, signal processing, control, electromagnetics and other advanced EE concepts that prepares them to address the challenges our nation faces today and tomorrow.

What to Expect

As an electrical engineering major, you will learn to apply principles from mathematics, physics, computing and other sciences to design, build and test the physical building blocks and specialized computer programs for next-generation electronic and wireless devices, sensors, control elements, and systems and networks that will benefit and transform our society. Your studies will culminate in a capstone design experience, where you will work on a project to develop a real system that can address a real societal need.

Opportunities to participate in the research labs of your professors will allow you to take your knowledge to the next step, e.g., developing cutting-edge technologies for the future, should you wish to pursue that.

Electrical engineering majors will be able to select advanced courses from areas of concentration such as electric energy systems, microelectronics, systems and controls, and wireless communications and RF systems, giving you the ability to choose your future career path. Twelve research labs, a state-of-the-art microfabrication facility and numerous CAD and simulation software are in the EE department if you wish to get engaged in research projects with faculty members.

 

Undergraduate Degree

B B.S. in Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering is one of nine undergraduate programs offered by the College of Engineering and Computing. The recommended curriculum allows electrical engineering majors to graduate in four years.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in electrical engineering:

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Electrical Science
  • Introductory Electrical Engineering Laboratory
  • Circuits
  • Signals and Systems
  • Electronics Laboratory
  • Real Time Systems Laboratory
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Control Systems
  • Computer Modeling of Electrical Systems
  • Electromagnetics I
  • Electronics
  • Introduction to Microelectronics
  • Capstone Design Project I and II 

 

A Accelerated Degree Option

Electrical engineering offers an accelerated degree program that allows undergraduate students to complete both bachelor's and master's degrees in as few as five years. The use of dual credit — courses that can be used toward both degrees — enables acceleration of the program, reducing the total enrollment time of the student by one semester.

 

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The College of Engineering and Computing offers two master's degrees and one Ph.D.

Graduate Director: Guoan Wang, 803-777-6303, gwang@cec.sc.edu 
Recruiting Contact: Jenny Balestrero, 803-777-4195, BALESTRJ@cec.sc.edu 

 Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School. 

Graduate Director: Guoan Wang, 803-777-6303, gwang@cec.sc.edu  

Recruiting Contact: Jenny Balestrero, 803-777-4195, BALESTRJ@cec.sc.edu 

Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School. 

Graduate Director: Guoan Wang, 803-777-6303, gwang@cec.sc.edu  

Recruiting Contact: Jenny Balestrero, 803-777-4195, BALESTRJ@cec.sc.edu 

Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School. 

Apply to Graduate School 

Learn more about the Graduate School, degree options, and how to apply for admission to doctoral, master’s, certificate and combination degree programs at South Carolina.