What is Electrical Engineering?

Electrical engineering is the driving force that powers high-tech industry. As an electrical engineer, you can shape the design of microelectronics, communication systems, medical equipment, control systems, signal processing, space systems, computers and many other forms of technology that have an impact on the quality of our lives. The manufacturing process for just about every product has been shaped at least in part by an electrical engineer. 

Admission Requirements

Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank, GPA and co-curricular activities. Please see the Freshman Class Profile for this major in the Quick Facts sidebar on this page for the range of academic credentials typically accepted into this program. Test scores in the lower range may be acceptable with higher class rank and/or GPA. 

Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college preparatory subjects:

  • English (4 units)
  • Mathematics, including algebra, geometry and either pre-calculus or calculus (4 units)
  • Science, including Chemistry and Physics (3 units)
  • Social sciences (3 units)
  • Electives (5 unit)

Successful electrical engineers have a strong foundation in math and science. Skills in calculus and physics are particularly important. Electrical engineers are problem solvers and enjoy thinking outside of the box to develop creative solutions to problems. Strong computer skills are necessary in electrical engineering. 

Graduates of this major pursue many different careers.  A few examples include:

  • Product design and development
  • Computer and integrated circuit design
  • Electric power generation and distribution
  • Electronics manufacturing

Transfer students in good standing from accredited colleges and universities will be considered for admission to the college at the first, second and third-year levels. The degree requirement of professional practice experience normally precludes acceptance beyond the third-year level. For further detailed information such as required grade point average, please refer to the Transfer Students page.

Students changing majors from outside programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.

Application Deadlines

Freshmen must begin the program during fall semester. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. High school students who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by December 1 of their senior year. 

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The electrical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.