Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering: The Future is What We Do

You may think that electrical engineering is magic – and it kind of is. We are the masters of power and energy and light and systems that can turn science fiction into living, breathing science. We are the force that connects people and technologies with elegant devices that fit in the palm of your hand and colossal systems that are beyond imagination. 

Is that magic? Almost. And we’d love to show you how it works.

Janaye Matthews won the 2021 MURALS competition for her project that spotlighted the widespread health disparities among racial groups in the U.S.
Top 10 Major in Demand

For more than a decade, electrical engineering has ranked among the top majors in demand across a broad range of industries, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. That means your knowledge will allow you to make difference in a fulfilling career, while earning a high paying salary.

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Drive what's next in technology.

The smarts inside your smart home. The radars and satellites that measure weather and climate. The sensing technologies that tell a self-driving car to watch for obstacles. The imaging tools that help physicians peer inside the human body. Electrical engineering makes it all possible. With a degree in EE, you will have the skills and knowledge to drive innovation in virtually any field. 

Career Outlook

Range of Electrical Engineering Industry Sectors

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Electrical Engineering vs. Computer Engineering vs. Computer Science

Solving society’s most pressing challenges requires insights from multiple disciplines. Electrical engineers, computer engineers, and computer scientists all play a vital role in helping shape a better world – and there is considerable overlap between the disciplines.

Computer engineering takes a holistic view of innovation. Computer engineers are well versed in computational theory and electrical engineering principles, allowing them to understand the interplay between hardware and software to drive new technologies.

Electrical engineers develop solutions closest to the physical world, or the end-product. They are the brains behind the physical devices and hardware that enable everything from biomedical imaging tools to satellite sensors.

Computer scientists understand the coding and software that underpin new technologies but are further removed from the physical design of next-generation devices or systems. Computer engineers often serve as a bridge between EE and CS to enable cutting-edge solutions because of their big picture understanding of all three fields.

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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University is built on innovation, creativity, and impact.