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Electrical engineering at RIT is a blend of the theoretical and experiential. The program has been carefully crafted to prepare electrical engineering students for immediate entry into the workplace or to pursue advanced graduate study. The program weaves 12 academic quarters with five paid, on-site cooperative education (co-op) quarters over a five-year period to provide the prospective engineer a rich learning environment and immediate opportunities for professional employment. More than 1,300 companies come to RIT to recruit our graduates.
Electrical engineering freshman class enrollment is limited to about 120 students to maintain small class sizes. Course instruction is organized for studio-style pedagogy, where the use of laboratory instrumentation and exercises are inserted with lecture material to demonstrate important engineering concepts. Course lectures are always provided by faculty with a Ph.D. Laboratories and studio classrooms are equipped with the latest instrumentation and computing facilities. Students are afforded an open access lab policy.
Four program options are available to students. The traditional program emphasizes the breadth of electrical engineering by exposing the student to many disciplines. Students with an interest in computing technology and software can take the computer engineering option without sacrificing a solid understanding of electrical engineering core material. A blend of the life sciences and an emphasis on biomedical instrumentation highlight the biomedical engineering option. Students with a high grade point average can enroll in the combined BS/MS program, an accelerated program which enables the student to receive a BS and an MS degree within a nominal five-year period.