Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Power Our World Through Innovation

In today's digital age, electricity keeps the world running. Electrical engineers design everything from the nation’s power grid to the microchips inside our cellphones. Graduates of Clarkson University's Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program can find work in virtually every industry. You'll find competitive salaries, the chance to work in a variety of sectors and the opportunity to be at the forefront of today's innovations.

Why Major in Electrical Engineering at Clarkson?

Clarkson's low student-to-faculty ratio allows our professors to get to know you as an individual while you engage together in research. This unique relationship between faculty and students is the hallmark of the Clarkson educational experience.

The electrical engineering program's team-based, collaborative approach encourages you to apply your knowledge and skills to solve practical, real-world problems. These skills, combined with Clarkson's in-depth curriculum, provide you with a strong foundation for a successful career.

Beyond the classroom, you can choose to get involved in research, study abroad, take on extracurricular projects or participate in professional development activities. 

And, our Electrical Engineering Class of 2023 had a 100 percent placement rate.

What You'll Learn

From the start, you'll be immersed in real-world problems, learning from expert faculty in both classroom and lab experiences using sophisticated equipment that meets or exceeds industry standards.

You'll take such courses as:

  • Advanced Digital Circuit Design
  • Alternate Energy Systems
  • Computer and Network Security
  • Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
  • Embedded Systems
  • Fundamentals of Software Engineering
  • High-Voltage Techniques and Measurements
  • Intro to Biometrics
  • Intro to Digital Design
  • Intro to Programming and Software Design
  • Microelectronics
  • Object-Oriented Languages
  • Power Systems Engineering
  • Software Design for Visual Environments
  • Software System Architecture
  • Systems and Signal Processing

The electrical engineering program consists of 36 credit hours in electrical engineering and 27 credit hours of first year engineering curriculum. 6 credit hours are in free electives.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted.

Clarkson Common Experience

The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, with FY100 First-Year Seminar being required of only first-year students. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.
FY100 First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
UNIV190 The Clarkson Seminar (3 credits)

Electrical Engineering Core Requirements

Students are required to complete the following courses:

Electrical Engineering

  • EE211 ECE Laboratory I 
  • EE221 Linear Circuits 
  • EE260 Embedded Systems 
  • EE262 Intro to Object-Oriented Programming and Software Design
  • EE264 Introduction to Digital Design 
  • EE311 Electrical Engineering Laboratory II 
  • EE321 Systems & Signal Processing 
  • EE324 Dynamical Systems
  • EE331 Energy Conversion 
  • EE341 Microelectronics 
  • EE381 Electromagnetic Fields & Waves
  • EE412 Senior Design 

Professional Experience

Students are required to complete the following Professional Experience:
ES499 Professional Experience (0 credits)

School of Engineering Common First Year

Students must complete the following courses in their first year:

  • CM131 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CS141 Introduction to Computer Science (4 credits)
  • ES100 Introduction to Engineering Use of the Computer (2 credits)
  • ES110 Engineering & Society 
  • MA131 Calculus I 
  • MA132 Calculus II 
  • PH131 Physics I (4 credits)
  • PH132 Physics II (4 credits)

Electrical Engineering Core Electives

Students must complete the following courses:

Mathematics/Electrical Science

  • ES250 Electrical Science 
  • MA231 Calculus III 
  • MA232 Elementary Differential Equations
  • STAT383 Probability & Statistics

Area Electives

Students must take 5 EE courses 300-level or above. BR400 can substitute an EE course.

Additional Electives

Students are also required to take one Math Elective outside of the Core Requirements, as well as one Electrical Science Elective and one Electrical Science or Science Elective.

Knowledge Area/University Course Electives

Students will have at least 15 credit hours available to use toward Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives to satisfy the Clarkson Common Experience requirements.

Free Electives

Students will have approximately 6 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.

Our engineering professors are also active researchers. As a result, enriching opportunities are available to all engineering undergraduate majors, including projects sponsored by agencies like the National Science Foundation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, as well as by private companies. In addition, students engage in research to complete their senior capstone design projects and to gain professional, hands-on experience.

Learn more about research at Clarkson.

As an electrical engineering major, you'll have access to internships and co-op opportunities, including with companies, government offices and other organizations. Twice a year, nearly 200 employers come to campus to recruit undergraduate Clarkson students for these experiences, including many looking for electrical engineers. Stop by Clarkson's Career Fairs to make connections; apply for internships, co-ops and full-time positions; attend informational sessions and interview for open positions.

Learn more about co-ops and internships.

Electrical engineering students can get involved outside the classroom through over 200 clubs and organizations on campus, including several related to electrical engineering. These include:

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • Autonomous Robotics Club
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Order of Omega
  • Power and Energy Society
  • Robotics Living-Learning Community
  • Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Tau Beta Pi - National Engineering Honor Society

Learn more about student clubs and activities at Clarkson.

A minor in electrical engineering is available to students in any degree program. An electrical engineering program minor provides you with a foundation in learning energy systems, basic electrical science and digital design. Why choose to minor in electrical engineering? It is and will continue to be key to a future that balances energy resources and production with human quality of life. Many engineering students can complete the minor in four years.  

All courses are 3 credits unless noted.

Electrical Engineering Minor Core Requirements

Students are required to complete the following courses:

ES250 Electrical Science 
EE264 Introduction to Digital Design
EE331 Energy Conversion 
EE381 Electromagnetic Fields and Waves

Electrical Engineering Minor Core Electives

Students must complete two of the following courses:

EE221 Linear Circuits
EE321 Systems and Signal Processing 
EE324 (ME324) Dynamical Systems 
EE333 Power System Engineering 
EE341 Microelectronic Circuits

Career Possibilities

Growth for electrical engineers is predicted to be steady over the next decade. Opportunities exist in all sectors of the economy, such as:

  • Automotive industries
  • Aviation
  • Defense
  • Embedded systems
  • Energy and power
  • Entertainment
  • Social media
  • Telecommunication

2023 graduates of Clarkson's program started their careers with an average salary of more than $81K. For those entering the workforce, common job titles include:

  • Circuits engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Electrical controls engineer
  • Electrical design engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Electrical project engineer
  • Instrumentation and electrical (I&E) reliability engineer
  • Power systems engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Test engineer

Recent Employers

Almost all organizations require some form of electrical engineering to support their operations.

Our electrical engineering majors have gone on to work at companies such as:

  • Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Avangrid Renewables
  • BAE Systems
  • Bechtel
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Corning Incorporated
  • EPIC Systems
  • Eversource Energy
  • General Dynamics Electric Boat
  • General Motors
  • GlobalFoundries
  • IBM
  • Johnson Controls
  • Lockheed Martin
  • National Grid
  • New York Power Authority
  • POWER Engineers
  • Pro Unlimited
  • Schneider Electric

Contact Us 

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Phone: 315-268-6511

Interested in learning more about the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering? Get in touch with us today with your questions.

100 Percent Placement Undergrad - Program Specific

A Supportive Environment for Women Engineers

As an electrical engineering major, Lexington Stoyell '20 found countless opportunities available to her at Clarkson, from professional experiences to studying abroad and more.

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ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

Clarkson University's undergraduate aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical, and software engineering programs and undergraduate engineering and management program are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Read more on Engineering Program Objectives.

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An electrical engineering degree from Clarkson gives you the skills and the confidence you need to succeed in an in-demand career. Find out more today.