Electrical Engineering

Electricity runs the world—which means electrical engineers have the power to change lives. As one of our students said, "One day I’m learning about new renewable energy technologies that could save the planet, and then the next day I’m learning about cutting-edge nano-robots that are used to combat cancers." If you've ever taken apart a computer or appliance to figure out how it works—or if you think that sounds cool—then this is the major for you. 

What will I learn?

Yes, our students have raced electric motor boats in class. That may not be a typical lesson, but it shows what we do at UB: find engaging ways to teach you about complex problems.

As an electrical engineering major, you'll start with core classes and labs in chemistry, physics, calculus and electrical engineering, including circuits and signals. As you get into your junior and senior years, you'll take more advanced classes in microprocessors, electromagnetic theory and similar topics. You'll also be able to choose electives in energy systems, optics or other areas that match your interests. 

What can I do outside of class?

Build your network, make friends and have fun when you get involved outside the classroom and lab.

  • Internships, co-ops and experiential learning. From working on the power system for New York City’s subway system to designing life-saving medical models, UB students get real-world industry experience. UB also hosts on-campus engineering intramurals and other activities.
  • Student groups. At UB, you’ll find dozens of engineering student clubs, including those for robotics and other electrical engineering-related areas, along with athletic, social, cultural and hobby-focused clubs.
  • Research. From learning microfabrication techniques in the cleanroom to studying biometric sensors, UB undergrads get research experience working alongside faculty on cutting-edge technology.
  • Study abroad. If you’re looking for a life-changing experience and international perspective, consider going abroad; UB engineering students have traveled to Australia, Costa Rica, France and many other countries during summer and winter breaks
Hands On / Experiential Learning
Student Clubs
Study Abroad

What can I do with an electrical engineering degree?

UB grads have managed satellite programs at NASA, set world records for solar cell efficiency and designed computer chips at Samsung. “I think the most rewarding part of my job is working on things that are in our phones and cars and getting to say, ‘Hey, I made that chip, and I made it work well,’” said one alum.

Electrical engineers have opportunities in a variety of fields, including:

  • Circuit design.
  • Electrical systems.
  • Machine learning, artificial intelligence and data analytics.
  • Manufacturing.
  • Medical electronics and imaging.
  • Multimedia.
  • Nanotechnology.
  • Power engineering.
  • Radar imaging.
  • Signal processing.
  • Video technology.
  • Wireless communications.

Whether you want to work for a private company, government organization, or university, or go to grad school, this program is designed to give you options.

Who will I learn from?

Our professors are here to support you throughout your time at UB and beyond. They’ve won numerous honors for teaching and mentoring, including the UB President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring, IEEE Outstanding Teaching Award, and the student-nominated Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award. As one of our students said, "Every faculty member that I have interacted with has always been a great encouragement to me as an aspiring engineer."

In addition, our faculty members are highly recognized for their research and scholarship. They have published hundreds of articles, been honored as IEEE Fellows (the highest level of membership), received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship & Creative Activities, and been recognized by the National Science Foundation.