Electrical Engineering (B.S.)

FAST FACTS ›

  • The average starting salary for new bachelor’s computer engineering graduates is $62,700, according to PayScale's 2012-13 report.
  • ECE partners with the Clemson University Research Foundation and the Spiro Institute to help students turn cutting-edge research into profitable business endeavors.
  • For freshmen, we offer a robotics course in which you build and program robots while competing against fellow classmates.
  • Our graduates have found positions with companies such as Intel, IBM, Duke Energy, Microsoft, Texas Instruments and SPAWAR.
ABOUT.

The laws of physics govern electricity, magnetism and light, and electrical engineering students at Clemson learn how to take those laws and use them to develop systems and services. From building a battery on a cordless drill to a GPS to electric power generators, electrical engineers’ work directly affects our daily lives. Hands-on problem solving, relevant research and direct contact with major industry leaders just scratch the surface of what you’ll encounter when you step into our classrooms and labs. Whether you envision yourself working in a lab or out in the field, this profession is about creating innovative technology solutions. You could be a part of the next revolution of vehicle electronics or working for a top technology company such as Intel or IBM. 

CLASSES.

What you'll study:

Freshmen who major in engineering at Clemson are initially admitted into our general engineering program, where you’ll have a year to explore many different engineering disciplines, meet faculty from each of our engineering departments and discover which major fits your personal interests and talents.

Your electrical engineering classes will build on a foundation of mathematical and physical sciences and progress into the application of these in the engineering science areas of circuits, electronics, communications, controls, electromagnetic fields, signal analysis, power and electromagnetics. Senior year, you can narrow your study focus even more by choosing one of the following technical elective tracks: communications and networks; digital signal processing; electronics; robotics; computer hardware, software and architecture; electromagnetics; power; biomedical systems; renewable energy; and electric vehicle systems.

Many of our students take their studies and concept understanding to the next level by participating in Clemson’s cooperative education program. With this program, you’ll spend alternating semesters on campus and working at an industry partner, which allows you to take what you’re learning in the classroom and apply it in the workplace, and vice versa.

Curriculum:

Popular Minors:

  • Business Administration
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Modern Languages

Similar Majors:

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM.

Electrical engineering students have numerous outlets for gaining chances for hands-on learning, applying what they’ve already learned to real-world situations and networking with professionals already practicing in the field.

Internships and Research Projects:

CO-OP:
Put your classwork knowledge to work by spending alternate semesters working at an industry and studying on campus as part of Clemson’s cooperative education program.
DEVELOP:
Learn how to program and develop applications for the iPhone, iTouch and iPad in our iDevice Laboratory.
AMBASSADOR:
As an upperclassman, join the ECE Undergraduate Ambassadors and be a cheerleader for our department. Conduct recruiting events for prospective students, direct study halls and network with faculty, alumni and fellow students.
CONNECTIONS:
Form mentorships with electrical and computer engineering alumni or strong advocates. Mentors stay in touch with their mentee students throughout the academic year to motivate and excite them about the field.

Connect with Other Students:

CAREERS.

What are students doing at graduation?*

52%

Employed

24%

Grad School

24%

Seeking Employment

0%

Other

Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

    Michelin — Controls Engineer
    Cisco Systems — Network Associate
    Kimberly-Clark — Electrical Engineer

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

    Auburn University — Master’s
    Virginia Tech — Master’s
    Clemson University — Ph.D.

Common Career Areas**

  • Electrical/Computer Engineering
    • Power Electronics
    • Power Systems
    • Communications
    • Electronics
    • Control Systems
    • Digital Signal Processing
    • Microelectronics
    • Image Processing and Robotics
    • Computer Engineering
    • Plasma Engineering
    • Computer Vision
  • Any Engineering Discipline
    • Production
    • Sales and Marketing
    • Management
    • Consulting
    • Research and Development
    • Teaching
    • Law
*Represents 33 of 112 Clemson University graduates who completed Michelin® Career Center surveys from 2010 to 2012.
**Used w/permission from Univ. of Tennessee.
FIND OUT MORE.

Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.

Christopher Porter, CES Undergraduate Recruitment Director
864-656-7870 — cporter@clemson.edu