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Electrical Engineering at South Carolina

Fundamentally, electricity carries either energy or information. So whether you want to develop new medical electronics, the next generation of smart tablet, a renewable smart power grid, mobile wireless networks or advanced nanotechnologies, the electrical engineering field is the right fit for you.

What to Expect

As a student in electrical engineering, you will learn to apply principles from math, physics, and computing to design next-generation electronic products that will transform the world. Your coursework will provide opportunities to learn how electronic devices work and how to combine hardware and software to produce smart systems having unprecedented capabilities. Every semester, you will participate in hands-on practicums that build practical applications on top of theoretical foundations. Your studies will culminate in a capstone design experience, where you will work with real engineers to produce a real system that solves a real societal need.

Along the way, you will often take small classes with dedicated faculty and you will feel like you are in a small college within a large research university. If you are a particularly ambitious student, you will be encouraged to participate in a serious research projects, perhaps leading to your first published work.

As an electrical engineering major, you may choose to concentrate in an area such as microelectronics, systems and controls, communication networks, or electric energy systems. The curriculum is sufficiently flexible to accommodate a very broad spectrum of career plans.

 

Undergraduate Degree

B B.S. in Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering is one of nine undergraduate programs offered by the College of Engineering and Computing. The recommended curriculum allows electrical engineering majors to graduate in four years.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in electrical engineering:

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Electrical Science
  • Introductory Electrical Engineering Laboratory
  • Circuits
  • Signals and Systems
  • Electronics Laboratory
  • Real Time Systems Laboratory
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Control Systems
  • Computer Modeling of Electrical Systems
  • Electromagnetics I
  • Electronics
  • Introduction to Microelectronics
  • Capstone Design Project I and II 

 

A Accelerated Degree Option

Electrical engineering offers an accelerated degree program that allows undergraduate students to complete both bachelor's and master's degrees in as few as five years. The use of dual credit — courses that can be used toward both degrees — enables acceleration of the program, reducing the total enrollment time of the student by one semester.

 

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The College of Engineering and Computing offers two master's degrees and one Ph.D.:

M  Master of Engineering (M.E.)

Graduate Director: David Matolak, 803-777-8334, MATOLAK@cec.sc.edu 
Recruiting Contact: Jenny Balestrero, 803-777-4195, BALESTRJ@cec.sc.edu 

 Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

D  M.S. in Electrical Engineering

Graduate Director: David Matolak, 803-777-8334, MATOLAK@cec.sc.edu 
Recruiting Contact: Jenny Balestrero, 803-777-4195, BALESTRJ@cec.sc.edu 

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

D  Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

Graduate Director: David Matolak, 803-777-8334, MATOLAK@cec.sc.edu 
Recruiting Contact: Jenny Balestrero, 803-777-4195, BALESTRJ@cec.sc.edu 

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.