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Program Overview

Students seeking a strong foundation for the next generation of computer technologies can pursue a computer engineering concentration within the Electrical Engineering program. This option produces high-demand engineers able to develop both hardware and software solutions. Students learn computer design and computer science in addition to electrical engineering, signal processing, physics, mathematics, and the liberal arts.

Industry partnerships and affiliations result in a high employment rate of Fairfield engineering graduates into all sectors of business, government, and academia. Graduates of Fairfield’s electrical engineering program work in industries including power, electronics, robotics and automation, computer hardware and software design – often leading research and development of new systems and applications.

Fairfield's School of Engineering & Computing also has a Master of Science program that allows students to earn a combined BS/MS degree in electrical and computer engineering, in just one additional year.

Fairfield's School of Engineering & Computing also has a five-year program, allowing you to earn a combined BS/MS program in Electrical and Computer Engineering in just one extra year.


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Fairfield University’s four-year Bachelor of Science program in electrical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Electrical, Computer, Communications, Telecommunication(s) and Similarly Named Engineering Program Criteria.

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives are broad statements that describe what alumni do within a few years following graduation. The electrical engineering program is committed to graduating engineers who within a few years of their graduation are expected to:

  • Apply their in-depth understanding in areas of electrical systems to solve problems in a modern technological society as productive engineers and/or enter and succeed in a graduate program.

  • Function effectively, both individually and within multidisciplinary teams.

  • Continue as lifelong learners to develop their engineering design abilities, problem-solving skills, and aptitude for innovation.

  • Practice professional ethics with social responsibility through service in the framework of a global technical community.

  • Demonstrate the organizational, leadership, and communication skills to achieve success in their chosen careers and make reasoned decisions based on a respect for diversity, and welcome it as a source for creativity, innovation, and inclusive collaboration.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Electrical Engineering students will graduate from the program with the ability to perform and execute the following student outcomes:



Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.


Produce Solutions

Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.



Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.



Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.


Cooperate & Collaborate

Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.


Draw Conclusions

Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.


Apply Knowledge

Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Electrical Engineering

Fall 2017 Enrollment: 2017 Graduates:
49 13
Fall 2018 Enrollment 2018 Graduates
46 12
Fall 2019 Enrollment 2019 Graduates
44 16
Fall 2020 Enrollment 2020 Graduates
33 13
Fall 2021 Enrollment 2021 Graduates
32 6
Fall 2022 Enrollment 2022 Graduates
26 16
Fall 2023 Enrollment 2023 Graduates
20 8

Requirements & Curriculum

The electrical engineering BS program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The electrical engineering courses have a strong design component. Students learn the theory in the classroom and put it into practice in the laboratory, resulting in graduates who can practice in industry. The electrical engineering curriculum blends theoretical knowledge with hands-on experiential learning. An interdisciplinary team-based senior design project completes the technical education.

Required Courses

Major Requirements
Digital Design I and Digital Design I Lab
Fundamentals of Programming
Introduction to Electric Circuits
Electric Circuits Lab
Embedded Microcontrollers and Embedded Microcontrollers Lab
Fundamentals of Engineering
Engineering Graphics I
Senior Design Project I
Senior Design Project II
Five (5) Electrical and Computer Engineering Major electives
Frequency Domain Circuit Analysis
Introduction to Electronics Circuits and Devices
Electronics Circuits Lab
Signal and Systems I
Analog Electronics Design
Analog Electronics Lab
Mathematical Analysis
Feedback Control Systems
One (1) Mechanical Engineering elective
Natural Science Requirements
Calculus I for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors
Calculus II for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors
Calculus III for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors
Ordinary Differential Equations
Probability Theory
General Physics I and General Physics I Lab
General Physics II and General Physics II Lab
Electricity and Magnetism
One (1) additional elective in Natural Sciences (with lab)

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Five-Year EE BS/ ECE MS Program

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Five-Year EE BS/ ECE MS Program

Dual-degree programs reduce the time to a master's degree by at least one year and provide credentials that will serve the student throughout his/her adult professional career. Graduates of the dual-degree program are awarded an Electrical and Computer Engineering MS degree in addition to their Electrical Engineering BS degree. The dual-degree program encourages students to pursue a graduate degree in order to broaden their educational background and their career opportunities. A graduate engineering education is key to innovation and central to economic health. A graduate degree has become far more common in the work place and a master's level engineering education gives a great return on your investment. Students who complete all their requirements may receive their BS degree prior to completing their MS degree.

Check out the Course Catalog for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Five-Year Dual Degree Bachelor and Master of Science Program requirements and course descriptions.

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Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

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Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

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As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Fairfield is dedicated to diversity and inclusion; to radical hospitality in service of racial, social, and economic justice.

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Life After Fairfield

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Life After Fairfield

The School of Engineering aims to graduate students with leading-edge engineering skills and additional competencies in oral and written communications and critical thinking who possess:

  • A well-developed cultural orientation
  • An understanding of economic values
  • A sense of ethical and social responsibility

Fairfield's engineering programs graduate liberally educated engineers equipped with knowledge and experiential skills so they may successfully enter the mainstream of industrial/manufacturing activity, education, or government service, or to continue with postgraduate studies. Our close interactions with industry enable employment of our graduates in all sectors of industry, government, and academe.

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