Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering About the Houston Electrical Engineering Degree
Students at HCU in the Electrical Engineering program will enjoy learning in context, working together with classmates and professors to design and build real electrical and electronic systems which function like those that are commercially available, or industrially applicable. The first two years of the program provide fundamental knowledge and skills in mathematics (e.g. calculus, linear algebra), physics, basic engineering and computer programming, with the opportunity to implement and demonstrate those skills in a sequence of projects. Additional concepts in electrical circuits and electronics, microprocessors, and computer systems in the second year help prepare students for more advanced subjects and projects in the upper levels. Students will learn from professors, and engage with industry partners. The professors in the College of Engineering act as advisors and mentors for the students, helping them to make wise course and curriculum decisions, as well as wise career decisions.
As students progress into the junior and senior year, they will learn important concepts in embedded systems, control systems and communication systems. Students may choose from advanced elective courses in digital forensics and cyber crime, wireless and mobile security, reverse engineering, and access control logic. Every student will complete at least one internship before graduation, and every student will complete a major industry-driven project during the senior year.
Graduates are expected to seek and obtain high-demand jobs in energy, healthcare, marine transportation, and other industries. Any company or agency involved in critical infrastructure needs at least some engineers who understand both the operational technology and the information technology relevant to that organization. Graduates will work in process control, network security, electrical distribution, and other engineering-related positions. Some graduates will work to design the next generation of electronic and control devices, so that better security measures can be built into the devices during design and production, before utilization and operation begins. Salaries for electrical engineers in Texas average $104,670.
Preparing to be a Professional
The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) is one of the largest professional organizations in the world. IEEE organizes its members in “Societies” which represent a particular type of industry, or a particular type of technology. HCU encourages its faculty and students to become members in a professional organization, and IEEE is one of the best. The College of Engineering will form a student chapter of IEEE to facilitate professional interactions for its students.
Here is the list of the many IEEE Societies, including a brief description of each.
Here is the IEEE news page – mostly news about the organization, but including the IEEE Spectrum magazine which contains news of broader interest.
Many resources are available to learn more about the Internet of Things. One site, WeLiveSecurity.com, offers news, views, and insight from the IoT security community. Here is a sample article about analyzing the security of your IoT devices.
Students may choose from advanced elective courses in digital forensics and cyber crime, wireless and mobile security, reverse engineering, and access control logic.
Program Educational Objectives
- Establish themselves as practicing professionals, or engage in advanced study in a related or complementary area
- Engage in professional development in order to remain current in the field for enhanced understanding of current issues
- Receive positive recognition and reward for the productive application of their skills and knowledge in service to God and humanity
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
- An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
- An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Electrical Engineering Enrollment
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Electrical Engineering Degree Plan