Electrical Engineering

Grainger College of Engineering


What is Electrical Engineering?

Electrical Engineering is a major within the Department of Engineering. The major involves technology in all aspects of life, whether it's wires, devices, space, the human body, or other mediums. It has applications in electrical power, communications, information technology, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. This major may be for you if you enjoy tinkering and dream of making something new.

Career Options

  • Communications and wireless networks
  • Electromagnetics, optics, and remote sensing
  • Lasers, biomedical sensing and probing, and acoustics
  • Nanotechnology and quantum devices
  • Networking and information security
  • Operating systems and software
  • Robotics and control systems
  • Semiconductor materials and integrated circuits
  • Signal, image, and speech processing

Post-Graduation Success1

90% employed or continuing education

57% employed after graduation

33% attending graduate school

$70,183 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Texas Instruments, Northrop Grumman, Intel View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University, University of California, San Diego View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong math and science coursework and performance
  • Calculus preferred and physics expected (if available at high school)
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal communication skills
  • Interest in improving society through engineering
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the engineering major selected

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

63% four-year graduation rate

86% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $39,736
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $63,226


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358