Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Program
Graduates of the electrical engineering program utilize their academic preparation to become successful practitioners and innovators in electrical engineering and other fields. They analyze, design and implement creative solutions to problems with electrical and electronic devices and systems. They contribute effectively as team members, communicate clearly and interact responsibly with colleagues, clients, employers and society.
Degree and minor requirements can be found in the UNDERGRADUATE RECORD. Requirements are listed by expected semester of completion.
Electrical engineering is a very broad discipline with applications to many areas. As you decide how to use your ECE, technical and unrestricted electives, we recommend that you meet with your faculty advisor to discuss how to combine application areas and courses to meet your personal and professional goals. All electrical engineering students begin with a unifying foundation that is combined with technical and unrestricted electives focused on different application areas such as digital systems, communications, microelectronics, art and drama, and environment and sustainability. Additional information is provided on our FAQs page.
The UVA electrical engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (https://www.abet.org), the national independent organization for accrediting academic programs in engineering and applied science. Our program is designed to meet ABET's requirements for program educational objectives and student outcomes.
The UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science maintains PROGRAM ENROLLMENT AND GRADUATION INFORMATION.
Program Educational Objectives
Graduates of the electrical engineering program at the University of Virginia:
1. Analyze, design and implement creative solutions to world challenges typically using electrical and electronic devices and systems;
2. Contribute effectively as team members and communicate clearly and interact responsibly with colleagues, clients, employers, and society.
Engineering Student Outcomes
By graduation, our students are expected to achieve:
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
- 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;
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
- 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;
- 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;
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions; and
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.