What is Electrical Engineering?
Electrical engineering is arguably the largest discipline of engineering. It focuses
on the application of the principles of electricity and its use with electrical devices
and systems. In this energy conscious world, a thorough understanding of energy and
its uses is essential to the success of an electrical engineer.
What can I do with this degree when I graduate?
Nearly every industry utilizes electrical engineers. Graduates have the qualifications
to enter careers in areas such as, but not limited to, telecommunications, computer
engineering, manufacturing, aerospace industry, power generation and distribution,
alternative energy, robotics, and automation. Typical job titles for graduates may
include electrical engineer, electronics engineer, telecommunications engineer, project
engineer, planner, project supervisor, consulting engineer, and design engineer.
Is it hard?
Electrical Engineering requires rigorous training in basic engineering principles
along with the development of skills in the areas of planning and management of design
projects and the associated systems and resources. Graduates in the area of Electrical
Engineering will be required to master technical elements and to demonstrate particular
competence in the areas of communication, fiscal management, and project control.
The broad-based background is tailored to develop professionals who will be able to
move between the technical and managerial aspects of electrical engineering projects
and to serve in key leadership positions within the engineering profession.
What is the curriculum like?
The Electrical Engineering curriculum offers a balance of coursework in engineering
analysis and engineering design as well as, engineering practice and management. Here's
the outcomes which our curriculum strives to achieve. Graduates of this program will
1. To recognize careers in the electrical engineering field and appreciate the importance
of life-long learning, participation in professional societies, and continued professional
2. To communicate effectively in written, oral, mathematical, and graphical formats
as appropriate to electrical engineering projects.
3. To function as productive team leaders and team members in defining and solving
electrical engineering problems.
4. To conduct design of a electrical engineering system, process, or component using
standard design methods, practice, and procedures; synthesize an engineering process
or system by integrating solution components; and critically evaluate alternative
solutions and designs.
5. To apply and interpret appropriate software to improve accuracy and efficiency
in developing electrical engineering solutions.
6. To identify, formulate and solve electrical engineering problems and designs and
correctly apply science, mathematics, statistical analysis, and suitable engineering
principals in these solutions.
7. To recognize and analyze ethical, legal, safety, environmental, global and contemporary
social issues in developing and applying engineering decisions.
8. To design and conduct experiments and collect, analyze, and interpret data (from
experiments or other processes) for application in electrical engineering designs
9. To conduct economic and cost analyses of electrical designs, processes, systems,
10. To apply modern business, accounting and management practices in conducting and
analyzing electrical designs, processes, and systems.
11. To evaluate ethical, societal, and environmental issues as they affect electrical
engineering decisions and designs.
12. To effectively apply engineering principles to create, design, analyze, or improve
electrical processes, devices, or systems.
The complete list of courses is available in online.
Is this an engineering degree or an engineering technology degree?
It is an engineering degree designed according to the accreditation requirements of
the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, the accreditation agency for
engineering programs in the United States.
Is this degree accredited now?
Not yet, but ABET will be coming to evaluate our Engineering Programs in November
2013, and we will be voted on by ABET in July 2014.
Does that mean it's not accredited at all?
Definitely not. SPSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
and all degrees must adhere to their accreditation requirements. In addition, application
will be made for accreditation of the electrical Engineering program by ABET as early
as possible. ABET will not accept the application for accreditation of a new program
until the program has some graduates.
How does that affect Professional Licensing in Georgia?
Georgia like other states requires applicants to graduate from an ABET accredited
program or equivalent. Until ABET accreditation is received, this program should be
viewed as the equivalent. Also, the Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
(BPELS) has already reviewed the engineering curricula at SPSU and voted to accept
them as satisfying the requirement. The Board’s decision allows SPSU engineering students
to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, which is the first step towards professional
licensure as an engineer.
So, does that mean that when I graduate from the Electrical Engineering program I
should only have to wait 4 years to take the PE exam?
Assuming your experience satisfies the licensing board and you've met all other licensing
criteria in place at the time you apply, then yes.
I'm already enrolled as a student at SPSU. How do I change majors?
To change your major you may go to the SPSU Internet site and follow the instructions
or you can stop by Building Q and pick up a change of major form in the office. Fill
it out and leave it for us to process.
What if I already have an ET degree from SPSU and want an engineering degree?
Former students can return and take the prescribed requisite courses to satisfy the
degree. Please consult with the EE program director. (See previous question as well.)
More questions? Who do I contact?
Contact the Electrical & Mechatronics Engineering Dept. Chair or the School of Engineering
What if I've graduated from SPSU with a ECET degree and want to come back and get
the Electrical Engineering degree?
Former students can return and take the requisite courses to satisfy the degree. If
you graduated from SPSU's ECET program AND have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering
exam (E.I.T.) then you only have to take those courses which are unique to the degree.
That's about 32 semester hours of courses.
What if I have more questions; who do I contact?
Contact Ms. Jessi Jones, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone : 678-915-7381.