The field of engineering has different concentrations and specializations. It also has numerous opportunities and career options. An online electrical engineering degree is a good choice for students who easily understand advanced mathematics, sciences especially physics, and who want to acquire the relevant skills applicable to industries such as energy, health care, communication and healthcare. In most electrical engineering programs, students take courses such as calculus, chemistry, statics and dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, circuit analysis, digital electronics, signals and systems, digital logic, and electric and magnetic fields. The common career paths are hardware engineer, communications engineer, quality assurance engineer and integrated circuit engineer among others.
There are several schools that offer online electrical engineering degrees. However, very few of them offer programs that are specific to electrical engineering. Some of the schools are listed below.
Arizona State University (ASU)
ASU offers an online Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. Undergraduate students doing this course take foundational engineering courses and specialty courses in areas like microprocessors, electrical power systems, solid-state electronics, communication and control systems, circuits, and electromagnetic waves and fields.
The degree program requires 120 credit hours. For one to graduate, you must have not less than 2.0 major GPA, at least 2.0 cumulative GPA and at least 45 hours upper division credit hours. Courses take about 7.5 weeks and a student can complete the degree program in as few as 3 calendar years, on a full-time basis. Students must take several upper division technical and electrical engineering elective courses in areas like circuits, power systems, communication, control systems and signal processing.
Students who take this online program have access to all ASU libraries, can join ASU alumni network and will interact with all members of the faculty.
Stony Brook University
At least 3.0 cumulative grade average in the courses below (no grade should be below C):
- College Calculus I, II and III 3-4 credits
- Introduction to Differential Equations 3-4 credits
- Calculus-based Physics I and II with lab 3-4 credits
- Physics III or Chemistry I 4 credits
- Circuits, Digital Logic Design and C+++ or C Programming 3 credits
At least 3.0 cumulative grade average for not less than 57 college credits passed with a grade not below C in at a regionally accredited institution.
A minimum grade C in English composition and in 3 of the following courses: DEC I European Traditions, DEC K American Pluralism, DEC G Humanities, DEC F Behavior and Social Sciences, DEC B Interpreting Texts in Humanities, DEC J The World Beyond European Traditions and DEC H Implications of Science and Technology
For a student to graduate, you are required to have not less than 120 credits which consist of 37 credits in Prerequisite Mathematics, Science and Technical courses, 41 credits in Required Courses for the Major, 12 credits in Technical Electives, 24 credits in 1 DEC Category course and 6 credits in Open Electives.
University of North Dakota (UND)
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree offered at UND commences every Fall in August, Spring in January and Summer in May.
A student is required a minimum of 136 credits to graduate, which are spread as follows:
- 39 credits that fulfill UND’s General Education/ Essential Studies requirements
- 60 credits from a regionally accredited institution
- 36 upper division credits
- 30 credits from UND
- 20 credits in Electrical Engineering courses such as EE 308, EE 480, EE 481 and EE 309
- 6 extra credits from UND’s College of Engineering and Mines
- 4 extra credits offered by UND at level 300 or above
An engineering student is also required to complete basic courses in English, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, and score at least a C grade before registering for upper division engineering courses. A student who enrolls for this online program is able to watch and access the same lecture notes and lessons as on-campus students and take supervised exams. For on-campus labs, a student is required to complete short on-campus labs at Grand Folks, North Dakota.