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Electrical Engineering

The field of Electrical Engineering has been defined as follows:

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture, installation, maintenance, and operation of electrical and electronic equipment and systems. Some of this equipment includes electric motors; machinery controls, lighting, and wiring in buildings; radar and navigation systems; communication systems; computers and computer-related equipment; and power generation, control, and transmission devices used by electric utilities. Electrical engineers also design the electrical systems for automobiles and aircraft. Electrical engineers utilize the tools of mathematics, physics, and other natural sciences (i.e. biology and chemistry) to solve technical problems and satisfy the needs of society.

Electrical engineers specialize in areas such as power systems engineering; electrical equipment manufacturing; computer hardware; signal processing; control systems; electronic devices and systems; virtual reality; biomedical devices; Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS); semiconductor devices; communication systems; renewable energy; reconfigurable logic and memory; optical computing; quantum computing; and computer systems.

Source: BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011


Upon graduation with a degree in Electrical Engineering, opportunities for employment will fall within the following fields (click on the image to open a larger view:)

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Educational Preparation

In becoming an Electrical Engineer, a student will focus studies in the following areas (in addition to core subject courses) at the college and university levels (click on the image to open a larger view:)

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Coursework for Transfer

The following diagram illustrates a recommended two-year transfer plan leading to a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering (click on the image to open a larger view:)

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To ensure that you are ready for the courses as shown, please take note of the prerequisite flowchart as shown below (click on the image to open a larger view:)

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Participating Institutions:

The Voluntary Statewide Transfer Compact for Electrical Engineering can be viewed here. You can download the entire Electrical Engineering Tuning Packet, which outlines critical skill areas needed by students and graduates of Electrical Engineering programs, here.

Institutions of higher learning participating in the Voluntary Statewide Transfer Compact for Electrical Engineering may be seen by clicking the button below. 

Participating Institutions 

This means that these institutions have agreed: a) to teach courses at the lower level as listed in the Academic Course Guide Manual, updated and published each year by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and 2) to accept the courses listed for transfer into the Electrical Engineering program at the university level as specified in the Compact.

For further or more specific information regarding transfer to a Electrical Engineering program in a Texas university, it is recommended that you contact the engineering department at the institution in which you are interested. Links to each engineering department oar provided in the chart above.

For questions regarding the Tuning project or the Compact itself, please contact Mary Smith, Program Coordinator, or Debbie Rodriguez, Program Specialist at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.


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