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Electrical Engineering (Minor)

The electrical engineering program provides a solid foundation in networks, linear systems, electronics, electromagnetics, digital systems, and physical electronics. Emphasis is placed on understanding principles through theoretical investigation and experimental verification. Learn device fabrication processes (photolithography, oxidation, diffusion, metallization) and fabricate your own circuits in the clean room.

Electrical Engineering (Minor)


Description


What is Electrical Engineering at ODU like?

The electrical engineering program provides a solid foundation in networks, linear systems, electronics, electromagnetics, digital systems, and physical electronics. Emphasis is placed on understanding principles through theoretical investigation and experimental verification. Learn device fabrication processes (photolithography, oxidation, diffusion, metallization) and fabricate your own circuits in the clean room.

Program Highlights


What makes Electrical Engineering at ODU unique?

  • Four tracks to choose from: Systems Science Track, Physical Electronics Track, Digital Design Track, & Electrical Power Track

  • ECE faculty support University centers such as the Applied Research Center, the Frank Reidy Center of Bioelectrics, and the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center

  • Additional research facilities in the Hampton Roads area with ECE faculty collaboration include the National Institute of Aerospace, NASA Langley Research Center and Jefferson Lab

  • The ECE department has research laboratories focusing on Applied Plasma Technology; Cybersecurity, Communications and Networking Innovation; Microelectronics and Thin Film Devices; Medical Imaging, Diagnosis, and Analysis; Power Research; Systems Analysis of Metabolic Physiology; Systems Research; Virginia Institute for Photovoltaics; and Vision Lab

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Computer Systems Analysts

$92,740

MEDIAN SALARY


Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.

Electrical Engineering Technologists

$64,550

MEDIAN SALARY


Assist electrical engineers in such activities as process control, electrical power distribution, or instrumentation design. May prepare layouts of electrical transmission or distribution systems, supervise the flow of work, estimate project costs, or participate in research studies.

Software Developers, Applications

$106,710

MEDIAN SALARY


Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.

Web Developers

$74,110

MEDIAN SALARY


Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, General Electric, Huntington Ingalls, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Naval Warfare Systems Command, Newport News Shipbuilding, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Siemens, and WR Systems.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Electrical Engineering at ODU?

ECE 201:
Circuit Analysis I


An introduction to the analysis and theory of linear electrical circuits, including relevant mathematical background. Topics include: passive component definitions and connection rules; independent and dependent sources, concepts of power and energy; Kirchhoff?s laws; development of network reduction techniques; formulation of mesh-current and node-voltage equations; network theorems including Thevenin, Norton, Maximum power transfer, and superposition Theorem, Operational Amplifiers, Two Port Networks |resistive), Energy Storage Elements, and initial conditions. Basics of matrices and linear algebra with Gaussian elimination; matrix applications to linear circuit analyses; MATLAB and PSPICE with analyses and applications to passive circuits. |offered fall, spring, summer) Prerequisites: ECE 111 or equivalent and a grade of C or better in MATH 212. Pre- or corequisite: PHYS 232N or PHYS 262N.

ECE 202:
Circuit Analysis II


STUDENTS MUST ALSO TAKE ECE 287 RECITATION AND ONE OF THE TWO LABS.

ECE 287:
FUNDAMENTAL CIRCUITS LAB REC


Objective of course is to provide students in electrical and computer engineering with a 'hands-on' introduction to selected topics in electrical engineering. Students will use basic circuit analysis skills and programming skills to design, build, and test electrical networks interfacing to an Arduino Uno micro-controller. Labs will also provide an introduction to basic measurement techniques and electrical laboratory equipment (power supplies, oscilloscopes, voltmeters, etc). Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in both CS 150 or ENGN 150 and ECE 201. Pre- or corequisite: ECE 202.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Electrical Engineering at ODU?

Students entering the Minor program in Electrical Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • To enter the program, students must have completed calculus and one college-level computer-programming course (CS 150/ENGN 150 or equivalent).

  • An undergraduate minor in electrical engineering may be obtained by successful completion of 12 or more credit hours of approved electrical or computer engineering coursework at the 200-, 300-, and 400- level. 

  • The chief departmental advisor for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department must approve the precise course of study in the minor.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Scholarships


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering maintains updated scholarship information on the Undergraduate Resources webpage.

Next Steps


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Name:

Dr. Vishnu K. Lakdawala


Location:

217 KAUFMAN HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-748-6744


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ASSOC DIR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNIN


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Lisa Moser


Location:

2202 WEBB CENTER, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4388


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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