An engineering student stands in an electrical engineering lab.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering is a hands-on, industry-oriented and career-focused program that blends theory and research with practical engineering fundamentals to prepare you to succeed in this increasingly autonomous and interconnected world. Electrical Engineering is one of the largest and most-diverse of the engineering fields contributing solutions to range of issues we face today including global health (e.g. medical devices, medical diagnostics, health informatics) and sustainability (e.g. renewable energy generation and distribution, low power and efficient systems, electric vehicles etc.) among many others.

Why Study Electrical Engineering at St. Thomas?

Your St Thomas Electrical Engineering journey consists of a hands-on, experiential learning in small groups facilitated by faculty with real-word experience. You will apply your curiosity and creativity to enhance your understanding of topics in analog electronics, digital embedded systems, communications, signal processing, control systems and sustainable power systems. At the same time, you will get a strong foundation in the liberal arts to cultivate critical thinking, oral and written communication and problem-solving skills that will accelerate your path, whether you plan to go into industry or further your academic studies after graduation.

With this in-demand degree, you will be prepared to work in industries focused on both traditional and sustainable energy sources, aerospace, medical devices, electronics and more. Senior year, you will spend two semesters in our Senior Design Clinic working as part of a team to solve a real-world design challenge provided by an industry partner. This practical challenge mirrors what you will do as a professional engineer and is a critical component of the St. Thomas engineering program.

Program Overview

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Senior Design Clinic
  • Students earning a BS in Electrical Engineering will complete the University of St. Thomas Core Curriculum requirements and Electrical Engineering major requirements and allied requirements.

    Electrical Engineering Program Courses

     

    Your faculty adviser will personalize a four-year plan with you based on your goals. This is one snapshot of how the plan of study for this major can look. Plans of study exist for students who wish to study abroad, double major or for ROTC.
    • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET).
    Students in Electrical Engineering have the opportunity to participate in meaningful research with faculty. Currently, student teams are developing new ways to power an ATV steering wheel; designing eyeglasses with embedded EEG sensors that capture brain activity; and working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to develop a 100 percent sustainable microgrid that will create an efficient energy source for the remote Minnesota Lake of the Woods region. 100 percent of engineering students design and solve and engineering problems for industry as a part of the Senior Design Clinic.

    Course Requirements

    Students earning a BS in Electrical Engineering will complete the University of St. Thomas Core Curriculum requirements and Electrical Engineering major requirements and allied requirements.

    Electrical Engineering Program Courses

     

    Four-Year Plan

    Your faculty adviser will personalize a four-year plan with you based on your goals. This is one snapshot of how the plan of study for this major can look. Plans of study exist for students who wish to study abroad, double major or for ROTC.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET).

    Senior Design Clinic

    Students in Electrical Engineering have the opportunity to participate in meaningful research with faculty. Currently, student teams are developing new ways to power an ATV steering wheel; designing eyeglasses with embedded EEG sensors that capture brain activity; and working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to develop a 100 percent sustainable microgrid that will create an efficient energy source for the remote Minnesota Lake of the Woods region. 100 percent of engineering students design and solve and engineering problems for industry as a part of the Senior Design Clinic.
    Professor stands in a workshop that houses a laser observatory.

    Career Paths

    • Project Engineer
    • Electrical Engineer
    • Power Systems Engineer
    • Medical Device Engineer
    • Instrumentation Engineer
    • Embedded Systems Engineer
    • Autonomous Vehicle Engineer
    • Communications Systems Engineer

    Jobs and internships

    • Every engineering student participates in our Senior Design Clinic where they design and solve an engineering problem for industry.
    • 80% of engineering students graduate with a technical internship in industry (Many with more than one!)
    • Meet the Engineers is the School of Engineering’s Reverse Career Fair and it is held every fall. St. Thomas engineering students interested in full-time employment and internships represent themselves with a poster board and standby as prospective employers, many of whom are engineering alumni, walk and talk with students about their particular goals, interests and talents.
    • Over 600 companies are within 20 minutes of campus including: 3M, Honeywell, Ecolab, Polaris, Medtronic, Cargill, Xcel Energy, Cargill, Graco, Boston Scientific.

    Affordability and Outcomes

    Scholarships at St. Thomas

    97% of first-year students receive merit scholarships that bring the average tuition cost down to $21,000 per year

    Scholarships for Engineering Students

    Several competitive scholarships are available for first-year students planning to major in engineering, science and mathematics. There are also undergraduate scholarships available for returning engineering students each academic year.

    $99K

    is the median annual pay for electrical engineers in 2018.

    The St. Thomas Experience

    Quick Facts

    80%

    of our engineering students graduate with a technical internship or co-op industry experience. (Many with more than one.)

    100%

    of electrical engineering students design and solve an engineering problem for industry as a part of the St. Thomas Engineering Senior Design Clinic.

    A student holds the wireless module being used for a senior design project.

    It takes more than theory to transform an idea into useful technology for our society. St. Thomas engineers emerge with practical, hands-on experience, the power of strong communication skills and the broad perspective of a liberal arts education. Our rigorous engineering programs are designed to transform the young creative minds of our students into engineers who can truly make a difference in the world.

    Dr. Don Weinkauf, dean of the School of Engineering