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 (B.S.) in Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Electrical Engineering Program Criteria.

Degree Requirements and Roadmap

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 B.S. 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

Enrollment and Graduation Data for the Electrical Engineering Program, as of Fall 2023, is sourced from SFSU's Institutional Research.

College Year (CY)

(e.g., CY 2011-12 = Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012)


Data displayed for Fall semesters only


Degrees Awarded



2011-12 173 22
2012-13 160 27
2013-14 167 30
2014-15 182 28
2015-16 215 21
2016-17 246 34
2017-18 254 58
2018-19 233 40
2019-20 233 52
2020-21 204 44
2021-22 187 38
2022-23 181 32
2023-24 211 N/A