Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This 129 credit program is designed to be completed in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in an electrical engineering degree program?

A degree in electrical engineering prepares students to develop solutions to urgent problems in areas such as power, communications, computing and networking.

Electrical engineers work with electromagnetic fields and electricity for use in communications, biotechnology applications and electronic circuits. The core of electrical engineering is the ability to work with sensors, acquire data, communicate electronically, process signals and information, model complex systems, and integrate various sources of energy in distributed systems.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • 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.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • 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.
  • Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Senior capstone project

In the College of Engineering, hands-on learning starts on day one. The first engineering class, Engineering 100, will challenge you to work in teams to design a hovercraft capable of traversing across a pre-set course. And in your final class before you graduate, you will work in a team to develop a product that’s ready for the marketplace. Your senior capstone project will be presented to potential employers at the annual Innovation Day, In between, you’ll gain hands-on experience in classrooms and research laboratories, putting your science and mathematical knowledge to work solving engineering problems.

Learn more about the electrical and biomedical engineering department

From electromagnetics to biosensors to smart grids, we're on the cutting-edge of electrical and biomedical engineering research and training our students to be successful leaders in the field.

Specializations in the electrical engineering program

  • Emphasis in biomedical engineering

    An emphasis in biomedical engineering will enable students to apply their electrical engineering studies to solve medical problems.

  • Emphasis in robotics, autonomous/aerial vehicles, and embedded systems

    With an emphasis on robotics, autonomous/aerial vehicles, and embedded systems, electrical engineering students can apply their skills to the growing robotics and autonomous vehicles field. 

  • Emphasis in renewable energy

    By emphasizing renewable energy, students gain the skills needed to address nationally important issues of alternative and renewable energy

  • Minor

    Students may also pursue a minor in electrical engineering.

  • Accelerated B.S./M.S.

    The accelerated B.S./M.S. program encourages outstanding students in the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno to obtain a M.S. degree in a shorter amount of time.

  • Accelerated B.S./MBA

    The College of Engineering, in partnership with the College of Business, offers a five-year program to earn both the Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees.

  • Graduate degrees in electrical engineering: M.S. & Ph.D.

    Electrical engineering students can continue their studies by pursuing an M.S. or a Ph.D. in electrical engineering.

Careers with a degree in electrical engineering

Median starting salaries of $71,000

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

46% of undergraduate students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive financial aid. If you think your family’s income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you might be surprised.

50%+ of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

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At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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