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About Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers create innovative technology solutions in a wide range of areas from handheld communications to solar panels; from cardiac pacemakers to autonomous robots; from wireless networks to bio-engineered sensors that detect dangerous pathogens; and intelligent surveillance systems that perform face and motion recognition. Employers visiting campus seek out electrical engineering students for recruitment more than any other major at the University of Maryland.

Electrical Engineering Curriculum

The Electrical Engineering curriculum requires a minimum of 120 credits to degree completion. Undergraduate students pursue a common foundation in math, physics, chemistry, and an introduction to engineering design and programming.  Sophomores and juniors will concentrate on the electrical engineering core curriculum and seniors will choose from a wide variety of electrical engineering elective courses from the following sub-disciplines:

  • Communications and Signal Processing
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrophysics
  • Microelectronics
  • Power Systems
  • Controls

During senior year, students will also complete a capstone design course that integrates classroom learning with hands-on practical design. Students thereby gain valuable technical skills for subsequent graduate study and/or technical advancement.

Due to the similarity in curriculum, students in Electrical Engineering are not allowed to earn a second major or degree in Computer Engineering.


ABET logo The Electrical Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.


Within 3 to 5 years from graduation, a graduate of electrical engineering (EE) will have engaged in life-long learning and will have attained any of the following program educational objectives:

PEO #1. Advance to a leadership position in a reputable industry or government institution.
PEO #2. Earn a graduate degree from a top ranked graduate program in EE or related field.
PEO #3. Become an innovator and/or entrepreneur in an EE or related space. 

A comprehensive set of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) has been derived from the Program Educational Objectives (PEOs). These SLOs comprise the knowledge and skills all Electrical Engineering students are expected to possess by the time they graduate so the PEOs can be accomplished. The SLOs are:

(a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data

(c) 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

(d) An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f)  An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) An ability to communicate effectively

(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i)  A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning

(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

(l) Program specific outcome: an ability to apply knowledge of probability and statistics in electrical or computer engineering

The current overall undergraduate enrollment in Electrical Engineering (EE) is 517 students distributed over all four years of study (as of Fall 2017). In the 2016-2017 academic year, 126 students were granted Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. 

For students who entered the EE program as freshmen in Fall of 2012, 70.9 percent graduated in four years and 81.4 percent graduated in five years with a degree from University of Maryland, College Park. For students who entered the EE program as freshmen in Fall of 2012, 53.5 percent graduated in four years and 59.3 percent graduated in five years with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.