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What Classes Do I Have to Take for an Electronic Engineering Degree?

by Kate Beck, studioD

Electronic engineers develop and improve upon electronic technology. You might choose to work with individual components of a project, or you could work in testing, maintenance or safety. To enter this field, you should earn a bachelor’s degree, but pursuing a graduate degree will offer additional career advancement opportunities. Knowing the courses you need for this degree will help you make the right academic choices to enter electronic engineering.

Core Course Requirements

You will need to take a number of core course requirements to earn a bachelor’s degree in any subject. The classes will vary depending on state requirements and the courses offered by your college. In general, these courses typically include writing and public speaking. As well, your school will require lower division math courses and science courses for all bachelor’s degrees, but you will need to take advanced math and science courses as part of your credit requirements. Advanced courses may include calculus, statistics and physics.

Degree-Related Courses

As part of your bachelor’s, you will take courses directly related to electronic engineering. The courses offered vary between schools. As well, if your school offers specialized tracks in a particular area of the field, you may have varied course requirements. In general, undergraduate electronic engineering degrees will require circuit analysis, digital electronics and solid state electronics. You will also take a number of programming courses, such as general computer programming, object-oriented programming and robot programming. Other courses may include control instrumentation, microprocessors, technical applications and cost engineering.

Choice of Electives

Your program will require you to take a certain number of electives to round out your degree. Some students choose to take less intensive courses, such as painting or other art classes. These courses have standards for completion and grading but may not require much work outside of class. However, you can also choose to use your electives to take additional courses in electronic engineering. Opting for this path gives you more learning opportunity within your field of interest and may help in your career.

Graduate Degree Courses

If you pursue a graduate degree in electronic engineering, all of your courses will relate directly to the field. Courses offered will vary between programs. Examples include nanophotonics, technology management and circuit fabrication. The school you attend may offer options for specialization, and you can opt to take additional credits in your particular area of interest. Specialized areas might include communication systems, image systems, signal processing or electronic circuits, says Stanford University.

About the Author

Kate Beck started writing for online publications in 2005. She worked as a certified ophthalmic technician for 10 years before returning to school to earn a Masters of Fine Arts degree in writing. Beck is currently putting the finishing touches on a novel.

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