Electrical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering is a profession that makes creative use of mathematics and science to solve practical problems in electricity, electronics and related areas. The goal of the Electrical Engineering program at SF State is to provide students with a practical, hands-on education that emphasizes applications.

The electrical engineering curriculum at SF State prepares students for the profession by developing their ability to formulate and solve engineering problems and design and analyze electrical components and systems. In their first two years, students obtain a solid foundation in mathematics and sciences. In their third year, students are introduced to a broad spectrum of electrical engineering disciplines. In their senior year, students gain in-depth knowledge in elective areas such as electronics, computers, communication and robotics. They consolidate their educational experience with a capstone senior project in which they design a complete, working electronic system. In addition to solving technical problems, engineers must also be responsible and respected members of the community. Therefore, the curriculum includes a range of general education courses to round out the student's university education.

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering is a 129-unit degree. Major requirements comprise 93 units, including mathematics, chemistry and physics prerequisites. The remaining 36 units are in general education. The Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Careers in Electrical Engineering

Graduates of SF State's Electrical Engineering program have a variety of exciting options available to them. Many get high-paying jobs in industry where they engage in the design, analysis, testing, manufacturing and servicing of electronic equipment. High technology companies in the fields of electronic and computer manufacturing, communications, robotics and control all hire electrical engineers. Electrical engineers also work for utilities and communications companies, where they engage in the design, operation and maintenance of facilities for electrical power generation or telecommunication.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering also prepares the student for a continuation of studies in a variety of fields. Graduates can go on to obtain a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in an area of specialization in electrical engineering or they may decide to obtain a Master's in Business Administration. Some graduates enter interdisciplinary areas such as patent law or biomedical engineering.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Electrical engineering enrollment and graduation data since 2004

Academic Year

Enrollment

Degrees Conferred

2004-05

207

47

2005-06

175

38

2006-07

151

34

2007-08

135

21

2008-09

131

33

2009-10

126

20

2010-11

149

19

2011-12

158

22

2012-13

159

24

2013-14

167

31

2014-15

182

28

2015-16

215

21

2016-17

246

34