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What is Electrical Engineering?

Technically speaking, Electrical Engineering is the branch of engineering science that studies the uses of electricity and the equipment for power generation and distribution and the control of machines and communication.   In English, that means that Electrical Engineers do everything from managing webpages to enhancing cellphones to developing new and innovative breast cancer treatments.  University of Arkansas is very committed to its students and to doing everything possible to making them the leaders in their specialized fields. Learn more about Electrical Engineering as a field and some of the specialized areas in which to major.

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What kind of classes would I be taking?

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Starting your freshman year, you will be taking a lot of classes that give you the foundational tools to necessary to be successful in Electrical Engineering.  These include, but are not limited to:  Introduction to Engineering I and II, Calculus I and II, and Composition I and II, and a least one science electives.

During your Sophomore year, you will start taking classes in Electrical Engineering.  Along with other classes, you will take the two most important classes of you undergraduate career. These two classes (Circuits I and Circuits II) are the foundation for almost all of the classes you will take for the next 3 years. 

During your first two years, you will be taking classes with experts in the field of Electrical Engineering. After these years, you will be ready for taking classes which will prepare you for you career in Electrical Engineering. You will also have the option of working on undergraduate research in world class labs.  For a complete list of classes and a four year curriculum plan, see the course description.

As part of our commitment to you, our program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.  As such, we have incorporated student outcomes which are aligned with the mission of ABET.  It is our desire that when you graduate you will (at a minimum) have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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What scholarships could I be eligible for?

Scholarships are available for up to $8,000.00 per year for four years.  There over 27 different scholarships for the Electrical Engineering department alone. The University of Arkansas’s Honors program also provides fellowships for those with exceptional grades and test scores.  There are several scholarships for minority students and several financial aid programs.  For more information, read about costs and scholarships. For other programs, visit University wide Scholarships and Financial Aid. Learn more about the Elelctrical Engineering Honors College and Honors Fellowships

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What other services are available to me?

The Electrical Engineering Department will provide advisors and peer mentoring services. The University of Arkansas also has several different physical and mental health facilities at student’s disposal as well as several options for campus housing. For more information, visit the page with our list of student services

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I am transferring from another school.  How will that affect my previous credits?

If you are transferring to UARK and wish to transfer credits from another school, they must comply with the Transfer Course Equivalency Guides. In most cases, mathematics courses and humanities courses can be transferred. Physics courses only transfer if they have calculus as a pre-requisite. Engineering courses only transfer if you too them in a department who's Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering is ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited, and they have calculus as a pre-requisite.

These rules are general. They do not guarantee that a course will transfer. The final decision on whether a course will transfer will be made by the Associate Department Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering.

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How can I schedule a visit to the University of Arkansas?

If this information has been helpful, or you are thinking about attending the University of Arkansas, we are ready and willing to have you come on campus. We enjoy showing prospective members the wonderful facilities and beautiful campus. if you would like to visit us, schedule a tour!

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