What is electrical engineering?
Electrical engineering provides the technological foundation for the modern information society. Almost every technological advance made today can be traced to the work of electrical engineers. Examples of new and exciting technologies under development by electrical engineers are:
- Novel wireless communication technologies such as LTE
- Sensors with applications ranging from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to environmental monitoring
- Guidance systems for aircraft and missiles
- Radars for weather prediction and monitoring
The electrical engineering degree program focuses on signal processing; communication theory and practice; voice, data, video and multimedia communication networks; very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuit design and applications; and control and power systems.
At GW, students may take electives in advanced topics, such as optical networks, broadband wireless networks, and technologies for the next generation of information systems. Our department's modern curriculum is complemented by well-staffed and well-equipped laboratories. Students are required to work on real-world projects throughout their education and complete a capstone design sequence with real-world design experience.
Electrical engineering, one of the highest salaried disciplines, prepares students in a wide variety of technical fields including power, control, electromagnetics, micro/nanoelectronics, signal processing, communication, instrumentation, and computers. Key job sectors in which electrical engineers are employed are: telecommunications, energy and electric power, computers, semiconductors, aerospace, biomedical engineering, manufacturing, education and research, transportation and automotive, and the service industry. Examples of private and government employers of graduates are: Tesla, Intel, TI, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, AT&T, the National Institutes of Health, the Army Research Laboratory, the Naval Research Laboratory, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Qualcomm, NASA, World Bank, and Cisco.
Bachelor of Science Degree Program
- Prospective and first-year students: The GW Bulletin carries the definitive curriculum requirements for your degree program. Please visit the Bulletin to find the program requirements for your degree program. PDFs of the electrical engineering programs' curricula are also available online:
- All other current students: Please visit the curriculum sheets to find the program requirements for your degree program. Each student must follow the curriculum in place during his or her year of entry.
The electrical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.