BS in Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering is a major field of modern technology. Electrical engineers are involved in research, development, design, production, and operation of a wide variety of devices and systems, including integrated circuits and microwave and laser devices, communication systems, control systems, radar, robots, large telecommunication networks, and power networks.

The curriculum provides a strong background in the fundamentals of electrical engineering and senior-level courses in the important areas of electronics, networks, communications and signal processing, computer engineering, and controls and robotics. Further, the curriculum includes 9 credits of senior technical electives, 2 credits of advanced  engineering labs, and 3 credits of senior advanced design project, which may be used for further specialization  in one of these areas.

Career opportunities exist in engineering research and development, system design, system integration, engineering management, engineering consultancy, technical sales, and patent law, among others. The program provides a strong preparation for graduate study.

Degree requirements may be satisfied on a part-time or co-op basis. Cooperative education provides students with the opportunity to integrate paid career-related work experience with classroom learning.  Academic credit is not given for co-op experience. In addition to the usual financial aid available to all students through the Office of Student Financial Aid, electrical engineering majors are eligible to apply at the ECE Department for several scholarships provided by professional societies and industrial organizations, including the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

This undergraduate program offers students the option of applying to the accelerated master’s degree program.  See BS/Accelerated MS Programs for specific requirements.

The bachelor’s program in electrical engineering at Mason is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. They are consistent with the mission of George Mason University and the Engineering Criteria of ABET.

Program Educational Objectives of each program are developed in consultation with program constituencies, which include students, alumni, employers, faculty and Department's Advisory Board and are periodically reviewed, revised and documented.

The objectives of both the Electrical Engineering program and the Computer Engineering program are the same.

These Program Educational Objectives are:

(The 2018 version, approved by ECE Advisory Board on April 6, 2018):

Graduates of the Computer Engineering and/or Electrical Engineering program are expected within three to five years of graduation to have:

  • Established themselves as successful and productive engineering professionals or engaged in advanced study such as a graduate degree program.
  • Worked effectively in team environments and individually.
  • Fulfilled their responsibilities in the areas of ethics, continuing professional development, and effective communications.

Student Outcomes

ABET Student Outcomes (a)-(k) listed below prepare our graduates to attain the program educational objectives

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in aglobal, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

 

Degrees Awarded  (Annual data based on Summer, Fall, Spring semesters)

DegreeProgram2017/182016/172015/162014/152013/142012/132011/122010/112009/102008/09
BS EE 92 83 69 57 56 42 45 54 60 58

Fall Enrollment

DegreeProgram2018201720162015201420132012201120102009
BS EE 333 367 377 370 348 334 304 260 244 262