Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Electrical Engineering BS

Program Overview

Electrical engineers synthesize science, mathematics, technology, and application-oriented designs into world-class consumer products, timely microprocessors, state-of-the-art computers, advanced electronic components, and much more. From cutting-edge technology revolutions to real life applications, the innovations of electrical engineers continue to lead the future and elevate the standards in the marketplace. With a shortage of electrical engineering talent in the job market, the demand for graduates with an electrical engineering degree remains at an all time high.

Electrical engineering addresses the high-technology needs of business and industry by offering a rich academic program that includes analog and digital integrated circuits, digital signal processing, radiation and propagation, power electronics, control systems, communications, circuit theory, computer architecture, computer-aided design, embedded systems, solid-state devices, microelectromechanical systems (MEMs), and robotics.

The major prepares students for exciting careers within the varied electrical engineering and allied disciplines and for positions in business management. Graduates also have the foundation to pursue advanced study at the most prestigious graduate schools.

The curriculum, co-op program, and facilities are designed to accomplish the program’s educational objectives. Since the ability to design is an essential part of electrical engineering, students are presented with challenging design problems in a number of courses, beginning with Freshman Practicum (EEEE-105) in the first year.

To strengthen students’ applied knowledge, laboratories are an integral part of many courses. The department offers a number of classes in studio-style lecture labs, where the instructor presents the lecture in a fully instrumented room that allows immediate observation and implementation of important engineering ideas. Many of our alumni report that the college’s facilities are comparable to the best in the industry.

A highlight of the applied engineering experience is the senior project. Students work on a challenging project under the tutelage of an experienced faculty adviser. While experiencing the satisfaction of completing an interesting project and exploring the latest in technology, students develop engineering management and project organization skills, learn to communicate their ideas effectively within a multidisciplinary team, and present their project and ideas to a diverse audience of students, faculty, and industrial partners.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science/Master of Science Dual Degree


  • Approximately 550 students are enrolled in this program.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is mandatory for this program.
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 2 blocks, 48 weeks
  • Co-op availability: Second year fall, summer, summer-fall; Third year fall, spring-summer, summer-fall; Fourth year fall, spring-summer, summer, summer-fall

Salary Information

Co-op:     $18.25                     $13.00 - $26.00

BS:           $72,000                  

Student Skills & Capabilities

End of Second Year: Design, analyze, and simulate simple digital and lumped parameter electrical circuits using a workstation environment.  C++ programming and assisting with systems analyses. Use of MATLAB.
Middle of Third Year: Design and simulate simple electronic circuits using PSpice.  Exposed to the principles of AC circuit design and analysis.
End of Third Year: Work with concepts of electromagnetic coupling and radiation.  Design, evaluate, and simulate small electronic systems using PSPICE based software and MATLAB.  A course in Linear Systems prepares the student to analyze and design circuitry for transient behavior with the Laplace transform and for frequency response with Fourier techniques.  Ability to participate in basic quality control work.
Middle of Fourth Year: Assist in attacking problems involving electromagnetic emission and coupling of signals as well as simple energy conversion applications.  Analyze sampled analog and digital systems using Z-transform and the MATLAB/SIMULAB software.
End of Fourth Year: Design analog motion control systems using the MATLAB/SIMULAB software.  Design and lay out digital logic circuits.  Analyze simple analog and digital communications systems as well as optical components and systems.
Middle of Fifth Year: Increased the level of competence in a more specialized area of expertise (e.g., electronic design, control systems, communications, digital system design).  Capable of work as an entry-level electrical engineer with the consequent increase of professional responsibility.


The electrical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Equipment & Facilities

The department of electrical & microelectronic engineering has a complete range of specialized laboratories with up-to-date equipment for teaching and research. These labs are available for student use and include:
 Senior Design
 Ph.D. Microsystems
 Control Systems
 Computer Architecture/Bio-Tech Studio
 PC / Cadence Design Center
 Freshman Practicum Studio
 RF Electromagnetic/Antenna Design
 Electromagnetic Theory and Applications
 General Purpose Studio Lab
 Graduate Research Lab
 DSP and Signal Processing Graduate
    Research  Lab
 Digital Design/Embedded Systems Studio
 Biomedical Wet Lab
 Analog Devices Integrated Microsystem
 RF Shield Test and Measurement

Training / Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs. College graduates with a degree in a natural science or mathematics occasionally may qualify for some engineering jobs, especially in specialties in high demand. Most engineering degrees are granted in electrical, electronics, mechanical, or civil engineering. However, engineers trained in one branch may work in related branches. For example, many aerospace engineers have training in mechanical engineering. This flexibility allows employers to meet staffing needs in new technologies and specialties in which engineers may be in short supply. It also allows engineers to shift to fields with better employment prospects or to those that more closely match their interests. 

Job Titles

Electrical Engineer, Systems Engineer, Project Engineer, Hardware Engineer, Software Engineer, Design Engineer, Rotational Leadership Engineer, Applications Engineer, Research Engineer, Robotics Engineer.

Significant Points

  • Options include: Robotics, Computer Engineering, Clean and renewable Energy
  • Students graduate with one year of co-op experience.
  • All seniors complete a two semester senior design project.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

AMD, Analog Devices, Alstom, Bose Corp, D3 Engineering, Eaton, General Electric, General Dynamics, Harris, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Lutron, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, TI, Toyota, TE Connectivity, Universal Instruments, Welch Allyn.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Maria Pagani Wiegand, the career services coordinator who works with the Electrical Engineering program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Maria Pagani Wiegand, Career Services Coordinator,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5458
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
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57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603