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Electrical engineering is a rapidly expanding field, and includes such areas as communications, microelectronics, control systems, and applied electrophysics. New and exciting areas are continually being developed, and more traditional areas are finding new applications. Because of the rapidly-changing nature of the field, this program is designed to provide a strong preparation in traditional electrical engineering, while providing maximum flexibility to accommodate student interests and current technological developments.
Students can use the flexibility available in the elective program to focus their study on an area of particular interest within electrical engineering, including communication systems, digital system design, control systems, applied electrophysics, and microelectronics. In addition, with careful planning, students can use technical electives for interdisciplinary studies; for example, biomedical engineering, or materials science, perhaps even earning a minor in a related field. Specific suggestions for study in several areas are available from the electrical engineering undergraduate office in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Program Objectives Graduates of the Electrical Engineering program at the University of Virginia 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.