Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering Department

Electrical Engineering

The Electrical Engineering (EE) degree blends traditional and cutting-edge topics. Students learn analog and digital circuits, signal processing, communications, and controls systems. Advanced courses include power systems, audio and image processing, nanotechnology, and embedded systems. The EE degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

EE Requirements

Students receive a rigorous education through a set of core courses, technical electives, capstone design project, and liberal arts courses.

Broad description of EE curriculum

  • Core Courses: A sequence of required courses in math, science, and engineering with weekly hands-on laboratories.
  • Technical Electives: Upper-level courses in specialized topics such as power systems, nanotechnology, medical imaging, signal processing, embedded systems, and neural networks.
  • Capstone Design Project: During their senior year, students work on a project in small teams (or individually) with a faculty adviser.
  • Liberal Arts: A set of courses in literature, writing, arts and humanities, languages and cultures, and social sciences.

Summary of EE Major Requirements

  • Class of 2020 and beyond

    A total of 40 courses including the following:

    • Math and Science:
      1. Calculus through MTH-117
      2. PHY-120 and 121
        • NOTE: IMP120+121 is equivalent to MTH115+117 and PHY120+121.
      3. MTH-130 or 234
      4. One science elective (100 or higher)
      5. One math or science elective (100 or higher)
    • Engineering Science:
      1. ESC-100
      2. One from CSC103-109
    • EE Core:
      1. ECE-101
      2. ECE-118, 218
      3. ECE-225, 240, 241, 248
      4. ECE-343, 350, 351, 363, 366
    • EE Electives: (3 ECE courses numbered 300 or higher)
    • Capstone Design: ECE-497, 498, 499
    • GenEd Courses (HUL, HUM, LCC, SOCS, WAC, …)
    • Free Electives: (approximately 6 courses from any department)
  • Class of 2018 + 2019

    A total of 40 courses including the following:

    • Math and Science:
      1. Calculus through MTH-117
      2. PHY-120 and 121
        • NOTE: IMP120+121 is equivalent to MTH115+117 and PHY120+121.
      3. MTH-130 or 234
      4. One science elective (100 or higher)
      5. One math or science elective (100 or higher)
    • Engineering Science:
      1. ESC-100
      2. One from CSC103-109
    • EE Core:
      1. ECE-101
      2. ECE-118
      3. ECE-225, 240, 241, 248
      4. ECE-343, 350, 351, 363, 366
    • EE Electives: (3 ECE courses numbered 300 or higher)
    • Capstone Design: ECE-497, 498, 499
    • GenEd Courses (HUL, HUM, LCC, SOCS, WAC, …)
    • Free Electives: (approximately 7 courses from any department)

Full description of EE Requirements (Academic Catalog)

EE Advising Forms

Students work closely with their faculty adviser to formulate and implement a successful plan of study.

Teaching Excellence

  • Our focus solely on undergraduate education, small classes, and close faculty-student interaction are all hallmarks of the EE curriculum at Union.
  • All courses and laboratories are taught by Union College faculty members, and many classes have fewer than 20 students.

Successful Careers

  • Combined with the depth, breadth and flexibility of our liberal arts curriculum, the EE major is a powerful field of study producing graduates who are highly attractive to employers. EE majors are well-prepared for highly successful careers in engineering as well as professions such as medicine, law, and business administration.
  • Examples of some recent EE alumni are shown below:
    • John Kodera ’17: Vanderweil Engineers (Boston, MA)
    • Stephen Hoeprich ’16: Raytheon (Tribes Hill, NY)
    • Htoo Wai Htet ’16: Watson Fellowship
    • Nurisha Rodriguez ’16: CSArch (Albany, NY)
    • Diana Temple ’16: Vanderweil Engineers (Boston, MA)
    • Kelley White ’16: Illuminate NE (Woburn, MA)
    • Samantha Griffiths ’15: Knolls Atomic Power Lab (Schenectady, NY)
    • Cathy Kennedy ’15: General Dynamics Mission Systems (Pittsfield, MA)
    • Dani Liu ’15: Hallam ICS (Malta, NY)
    • Carson Miller ’15: Naval Nuclear Laboratory (Albany, NY)
  • A more detailed list of what recent EE majors have done after graduating from Union can be found here!

ABET Accreditation

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EE degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. More information can be found here.