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Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.)

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 (B.S.E.E.)


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?

  • 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

  • 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

  • Concentration Areas:

    Systems & Automation Engineering

    Physical Electronics

    Computer Hardware Systems

    Power & Renewable Energy

    Data Analytics Engineering

    Learn more about the concentration areas  



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



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.

Software Developers, Systems Software



Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.

Electrical Engineering Technologists



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.

Mechanical Engineers



Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.


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.


What are some courses offered in Electrical Engineering at ODU?

ECE 403:
Power Electronics

Power electronics provides the needed interface between an electrical source and an electrical load and facilitates the transfer of power from a source to a load by converting voltages and currents from one form to another. Topics include: alternating voltage rectification, Pulse Width Modulation |PWM), DC converters |Buck, Boost, Buck-Boost, Cuk and SEPIC converters), negative feedback control in power electronics, isolated switching mode power supply, flyback and forward power supply, solid state power switches, AC inverter. |offered spring) Prerequisites: ECE 303 and a grade of C or better in ECE 202 and ECE 287.

ECE 461:
Automatic Control Systems

Analysis and design of control systems via frequency and time domain techniques. Root locus, Bode and Nyquist techniques. Stability, sensitivity, and performance specifications. Cascade and feedback compensation. Computer-aided analysis and design. Pole placement through state variable feedback. Prerequisites: ECE 302.

ECE 473:
Solid State Electronics

The objective of this course is to understand basic semiconductor devices by understanding semiconductor physics (energy bands, carrier statistics, recombination and carrier drift and diffusion) and to gain an advanced understanding of the physics and fundamental operation of advanced semiconductor devices. Following the initial introductory chapters on semiconductor physics, this course will focus on p-n junctions, metal-semiconductor devices, MOS capacitors, MOS field effect transistors (MOSFET) and bipolar junction transistors. Prerequisites: ECE 313, ECE 323 and ECE 332.


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

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

  • The Office of Admissions evaluates and admits freshmen based on high school performance, references and SAT scores. All incoming freshman engineering students are admitted to the Engineering Fundamentals Division

  • The ECE Department will officially declare a student as an electrical engineering student once the following requirements are met:

    • Completion of 30 credit hours applicable to your major
    • Grade of "C" or above in MATH 211 & 212
    • Completion of Engineering Fundamental courses (Calculus I & II, Calculus-based Physics, Chemistry, and introductory engineering course
  • The ECE department works closely with local community colleges to develop transfer articulation agreements so that students who complete pre-engineering associate of science degrees can transfer seamlessly


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


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


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

Next Steps

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I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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