B.S. in Electrical Engineering

Program Overview

Electrical Engineering at Fairfield

Fairfield’s four-year Bachelor of Science program in electrical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. With a strong design component, the electrical engineering curriculum blends theoretical knowledge with hands-on experiential learning in our well-equipped labs. An interdisciplinary team-based senior capstone project is the culmination of this technical education.

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 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 also has a five-year program, allowing you to earn a combined B.S./M.S. program in Electrical and Computer Engineering in just one extra year.

Outcomes & Objectives

Program Educational Objectives:

Within a few years of graduation, alumni of the Electrical Engineering Program are expected to:

  • PEO - 1: 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
  • PEO - 2: function effectively, both individually and within multidisciplinary teams
  • PEO - 3: continue as lifelong learners to develop their engineering design abilities, problem-solving skills, and aptitude for innovation.
  • PEO - 4: practice professional ethics with social responsibility through service in the framework of a global technical community

 

Student Outcomes:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) an ability to communicate effectively

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

 

Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data:

Academic
Year

Full Time
Enrolled
Part Time
Enrolled
Graduates
2012-2013 23 17 6
2013-2014 25 9 10
2014-2015 21 10 5
2015-2016 27 8 10
2016-2017 27 4 11

 

Requirements

For the Electrical Engineering program's requirements and course descriptions, see the Undergraduate Catalog.

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Electrical Engineering Electives

 

Biomedial Engineering

Course Number Course Name Credits
CR 331 Biomedical Signal Processing 3
CR 332 Biomedical Imaging 3
CR 333 Biomedical Visualization 3

Communications

Course Number Course Name Credits
EE 350 Analog Communication Systems 3
EE 352 Digital Communications 3
EE 373 Microwave Structures 3
EE 383 Wireless Systems 3

 

Computer Engineering

Course Number Course Name Credits
CR 310 Voice and Signal Processing 3
CR 311 Image Processing 3
CR 320 Computer Networks 3

Design

Course Number Course Name Credits
EE 346 Embedded Microcontrollers 3
EE 346L Microcontrollers Lab 1
EE 382 Advanced Electrical Project 3

 

Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics

Course Number Course Name Credits
EE 315 Nanoelectronics I 3
EE 316 Nanoelectronics II 3
EE 335 Microelectronics 3

Power Systems

Course Number Course Name Credits
EE 360 Power Electronics 3
EE 360L Power Electronics Lab 3
EE 361 Green Power Generation 3
EE 385 Power Generation and Distribution 3
EE 386 Fault Analysis of Power Systems 3
 

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.

See the Electrical and Computer Engineering Five-Year Dual Degree Bachelor and Master of Science Program requirements and course descriptions.

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Faculty

The School of Engineering faculty are a community of leading-edge scholars who are dedicated to their students, research, and teach with passion. If you have an interest in engineering — no matter the focus — our exceptional faculty will get you on the path to success.

Internships

There are two types of internships students can attain: internships for academic credit and non-credit internships. Internships for academic credit must be approved by faculty and are connected to an academic course. Some departments have lists of available for-credit internships and some may approve internships that you find on your own as well.

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.

Learn more about how Fairfield's Office of Career Planning can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

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