B.S. Electrical Engineering

Our electrical engineers are changing the way we interact with the world from computer circuitry, optics, and power systems to putting smart electronics in our cars and wearable devices. Our faculty have been highlighted in many news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Wired,CNET, IEEE Spectrum, Gizmag, Popular Science, and the MIT News Office. They also have been featured on television such as CNN, The Discovery Channel, FOX News, and KSL, as well as Scientific Reports.


What Makes Us Unique?

  • Most affordable Pac-12 institution.  Cost of attendance>>
  • On top of the College of Engineering scholarships, we award nearly 50 individuals scholarships each year totaling over $200,000!
  • Our faculty to undergraduate student ratio is 1:8
  • Earn an additional Certificate in Engineering Entrepreneurship
  • The number of ECE faculty has more than doubled in the past 15 years.
  • Nearly 100% of Ph.D. candidates get research funding & financial assistance
  • We fund many master’s students.
  • USTAR funded a $150 Million research center on campus as well as seven new outstanding junior and senior faculty members in the ECE department. USTAR collaborates with the University of Utah to create world-class research teams in strategic areas in engineering.

Our Grads Earn Top Dollar

Degree at the U Our Graduates National Average
Computer Engineering $87,700 $73,800
Electrical Engineering $75,300 $67,000
Materials Science & Engineering $70,000 $68,600
Chemical Engineering $65,000 $68,000
Biomedical Engineering $62,400 $62,400
Mechanical Engineering $62,000 $64,000
Civil Engineering $56,000 $59,200
* Data taken from careers.utah.edu and US Dept of Labor

Who Hires Our Graduates?


  • EMC
  • Google
  • L-3 Communications
  • Microsoft
  • Sandia National Labs


  • General Motors
  • IM Flash
  • L-3 Communication Systems
  • Micron
  • Qualcomm


  • Raytheon
  • Rocky Mountain Power
  • Skull Candy
  • U. S. Airforce
  • Verizon Wireless

Our Electrical and Computer Engineers don’t just end up at tech companies though! Many of our graduates are seeking promising careers at Overstock.com, MattressFirmEnterprise Rent-a-Car, and even the United States Department of Defense.

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Incoming freshmen meeting the following criteria can be directly admitted to the EE or CE major:

  • High School GPA of 3.6 or higher; AND
  • Math ACT Score of at least 28 – OR – SAT Math Score of at least 630. Students must be ready to enroll in Calculus I (MATH 1210 or MATH 1310)

Students meeting the above criteria should designate their major as Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering during the online application process. All other students should use the pre-major path described below.

Indirect Admission and the Pre-Major Process

Students can also become an Electrical Engineering major through a pre-major process or the “traditional” process.

  1. Students should meet with an advisor to declare a “Pre-Electrical Engineering” designation. Pre-majors will be eligible to enroll in all of the courses required to apply for major status.
  2. Once the pre-major courses listed below have been completed, you may then apply for major status by clicking “Apply Now” in the relevant field below.

The Academic Advisor reviews major status applications once at the end of each semester. You will not be able to register for any further ECE or CS classes until your application has been approved.

EE Entry Requirements

B.S. Electrical Engineering Entry Requirements

Complete the following classes:
ECE 1250 ECE Design
Math 1310/1210 Calculus I
Math 1320/1220 Calculus II
Phys 2210 Physics for Engineers I

Pre-Major GPA of 2.8 or higher
Cumulative U of U GPA of 2.5 or higher

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Our graduates end up all over the place. More recently, we have seen our graduates take jobs in Utah, Texas, California, New Mexico, Arkansas, New York, Washington, Arizona, Oklahoma.

Average starting salaries are approximately $67,000-$70,000 per year.

Aside from our BS/MS program here at the U, our students have successfully enrolled at Cornell University, MIT, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Stanford University, University of Washington, and UT Austin among many others!


You are responsible for fulfilling the requirements of the program outlined in the catalog for the year in which you were admitted to the major. This year will be noted in your letter of admission to the major.

Catalogs by Academic Year:

B.S. Electrical Engineering

Sample plans, degree checklists, and lists of technical electives can be found on our Advising site.


Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Electrical Engineering program are expected to:

    • Be competent and productive in the practice of modern Electrical Engineering
    • Engage in careers that provide opportunities for growth and leadership
    • Keep informed of new technological developments and contribute to the expansion of engineering knowledge

To assess how well the electrical engineering program’s educational objectives and student outcomes are achieved, the ECE Department performs extensive course evaluations, senior design project evaluations, and gathers input from industrial advisors, recruiters, and interviews of graduating students. The BSEE Program has also been designed so that specific outcomes are attained in support of these objectives.

Student Outcomes

The Electrical Engineering curriculum provides the students with the knowledge of probability and statistics, mathematics through differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, complex variables, and discrete mathematics, basic sciences, computer science, and engineering sciences necessary to analyze and design complex electrical and electronic devices, software, and systems containing hardware and software components. To ensure that the graduates of the program consistently accomplish the objectives described above, the curriculum has been designed so that the students demonstrate the following outcomes by the time they graduate:

      1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
      2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
      3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
      4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
      5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
      6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
      7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.