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Why Electrical Engineering @ U of A?

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Electrical Engineering @ UARK

The University of Arkansas, the state land grant university, is a nationally competitive, student-centered, teaching and research university serving Arkansas and the world. Our Program Educational Objectives (PEO's) in the Department of Electrical Engineering are to produce graduates who in 3 to 5 years:

  • are recruited in a competitive market and valued as reliable and competent employees by a wide variety of industries; in particular, electrical engineering industries;
  • succeed, if pursued, in graduate studies such as engineering, science, law, medicine, business, and other professions;
  • understand the need for life-long learning and continued professional development  for a successful and rewarding career;
  • and accept responsibility for leadership roles in their profession, in their communities, and in the global society.

For more information on our accreditation click here.

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Electrical Engineering @ UAFS

The Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas offers a degree program through a remote campus at The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith in Fort Smith, Arkansas (UAFS). This allows for small class sizes and gives students the opportunity to collaborate with their professors and peers. UAFS has built a reputation as a regional destination for high-quality, affordable education, where diverse groups of aspirational students thrive and excel.

During their Junior year the students begin taking courses remotely in a live distance learning environment. Through these remote synchronous classes, UAFS students receive the same quality education as those in Fayetteville, including in-person labs and direct access to research and internship opportunities.

Upon graduation the students will receive an associate degree from UAFS and an ABET accredited bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

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Quick Facts

Department:
Electrical Engineering

Average Starting Salary:
$70,000*

Graduate School & Employment Placement Rate:
91.5%*

*These numbers are based on University of Arkansas Career Outcomes Report


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Frequently Asked Questions

Starting your freshman year, you will be taking a lot of classes that give you the foundational tools to necessary to be successful in Electrical Engineering. These include, but are not limited to: Introduction to Engineering I and II, Calculus I and II, and Composition I and II, and a least one science electives.

During your Sophomore year, you will start taking classes in Electrical Engineering. Along with other classes, you will take the two most important classes of you undergraduate career. These two classes (Circuits I and Circuits II) are the foundation for almost all of the classes you will take for the next three years.

During your first two years, you will be taking classes with experts in the field of Electrical Engineering. After these years, you will be ready for classes which will prepare you for your career in Electrical Engineering. You will also have the option of working on undergraduate research in world-class labs

The four-year curriculum plan lays out the entire plan of study.  For a complete list of classes see the course descriptions.  The Interactive Flow Chart is a visual tool to guide students through the flow of pre-, co-, and post-requisites.

As part of our commitment to you, our program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/. As such, we have incorporated student outcomes which are aligned with the mission of ABET. It is our desire that when you graduate you will (at a minimum) have

       1.     an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

      2.    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

      3.    an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

      4.    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

      5.    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

      6.    an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusion

      7.    an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Retention and graduation data is for first time, full time, new freshmen cohorts who enter the College of Engineering in the fall of the reported year.  All new freshmen are enrolled in a common first year experience and do not declare a major until mid-way through the spring semester of their freshman year.  The College of Engineering table tracks cohorts over a six-year period for the entire college.  The Department of Electrical Engineering table below tracks retention and graduation data rates, starting when those new freshmen join the department in their sophomore year.

Retention and Graduation Report 

of Students Enrolled in Circuits I in the Fall Semester

Electrical Engineering -- Overall 

YEAR

Circuits I Students

Admission

Graduation Rate

 

N

Avg. ACT

Avg. GPA

4th year

5th year

6th year

2010

 54 29 3.79 38.9%

66.7%

68.5%

2011

68

29.6

3.93

41.2%

47.1%

54.4%

2012

63

28.5

3.85

42.9%

55.6%

61.9%

2013

51

27.2

3.72

39.2%

58.8%

62.7%

2014

50

29.6

3.88

52%

70%

74%

2015

67

29.2

3.83

35.8%

56.7%

59.7%

2016

63

28.9

3.83

50.8%

63.5%

2017

69

29

3.87

35.9%

2018

81

29.1

3.87

 

2019

47

30

3.93

 

 

Data on total enrollments by year and total graduates by year is presented here.  This student data includes transfer and part-time students who are enrolled in the program.

Scholarships are available for up to $8,000.00 per year for four years. There over 27 different scholarships for the Electrical Engineering department alone. The University of Arkansas’s Honors program also provides fellowships for those with exceptional grades and test scores. There are several scholarships for minority students and several financial aid programs. For more information, read about costs and scholarships. For other programs, visit University wide Scholarships and Financial Aid. Learn more about the Honors Fellowships.
The Electrical Engineering Department will provide advisers and peer mentoring services. The University of Arkansas also has several different physical and mental health facilities at student’s disposal as well as several options for campus housing. For more information, check out our list of student services.

If you are transferring to the University of Arkansas and wish to transfer credits from another school, they must comply with the Transfer Course Equivalency Guides. In most cases, mathematics courses and humanities courses can be transferred. Physics courses only transfer if they have calculus as a prerequisite. Engineering courses only transfer if you took them in a department who's Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering is accredited through ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), and they have calculus as a prerequisite.

 

These rules are general. They do not guarantee that a course will transfer. The final decision on whether a course will transfer will be made by the Associate Department Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering.

If this information has been helpful, or you are thinking about attending the University of Arkansas, we are ready and willing to have you come on campus. We enjoy showing prospective members the wonderful facilities and beautiful campus. if you would like to visit us, schedule a tour!
The jobs and salaries available for an engineer are constantly changing. For this reason, the best place to find the information is on the Bureau of Labor Statistic's website.