Find Your Spark with a Degree in Electrical Engineering
A Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from SNHU can prepare you for a successful career in a wide variety of fields. Through this program, you'll develop an understanding of the design of small components, and earn experience integrating those components into the vision systems, sensors, controls, and software that bind them to larger systems. You can also learn about both audio and visual signal processing concepts.
SNHU has modeled its engineering programs in accordance with the international CDIO initiative, which stresses engineering fundamentals set in the context of conceiving, designing, implementing and operating real-world systems and products. CDIO is a prominent engineering educational philosophy that’s intended to achieve a fine balance between project-based, hands-on learning and traditional, theory-based engineering education. No matter your interest, the program can help you develop the necessary skills to begin your chosen career.
See Yourself Succeed in Electrical Engineering
No matter your specialization or career goals, the electrical engineering program at Southern New Hampshire University can set you up for future success in the industry. Your education takes place both inside and outside the classroom, and our faculty and staff can help you gain opportunities for experiential learning to put theory into practice.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in electrical engineering at SNHU include:
- Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success.
- Affordability. It’s our mission to make higher education more accessible. That’s why, SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire.
- Innovative programs. Study abroad at little or no extra cost.
- Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty members who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center and anywhere else you need them.
- Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities.
- Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH, named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine.
Program Educational Objectives
The following statements describe the career and professional accomplishments that the BS Electrical Engineering program is preparing graduates to achieve within a few years of graduation:
- Professional careers in Electrical Engineering or other disciplines utilizing the knowledge and problem-solving skills they developed in the SNHU Electrical Engineering program;
- Increasing responsibility in technical and/or management areas;
- Recognition or affirmation from their managers and peers as effective and valued members of their work team;
- Increasing discernment and sensitivity in the consideration of global and societal contexts and consequences when making engineering decisions;
- Expansion of their professional, personal, and interpersonal skills and engagement in lifelong learning activities, including post-graduate education for some graduates;
- Involvement with professional and other service activities that contribute to industry and society.
Internships & Outcomes
An electrical engineering degree from Southern New Hampshire University can put you in an excellent position to succeed in a variety of different industries. Whether you’re interested in telecommunications and networking, computer hardware, aerospace, automotive, medical instrumentation or other industries, you may possess the skills and knowledge needed to impress prospective employers.
The engineering industry often requires understanding of multiple disciplines, and the collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to teaching at SNHU allows you to explore additional skill sets that may be helpful to you in the future. Whether it comes in the form of collaborating with aeronautical or mechanical engineering students or seeking out job and internship opportunities, the faculty and staff at SNHU can help you build the skills that you need to succeed in your future career.
The 2019 median annual wage for electrical engineers was $98,530.* According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the largest employers of electrical engineers in 2018* were:
- Engineering services: 19%
- Electric power generation, transmission and distribution: 9%
- Navigational, measuring, electromedical and control instruments manufacturing: 7%
- Research and development in the physical, engineering and life sciences: 6%
- Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing: 5%
The following statements describe what students are expected to know and be able to do upon completion of the BS Electrical Engineering program:
- Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
- 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.
- Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- Ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and social contexts.
- 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.
- Ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- Ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
|View Full Curriculum in the Catalog|
|BS in Electrical Engineering and concentrations|
|Courses May Include|
|BA in Electrical and Computer Engineering Campus|
|EG 207||Instrumentation & Measurements||This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts, principles, procedures, and computations regarding modern instrumentation and measurement systems. Students will gain a sound understanding of a language (LabVIEW ) used to describe modern instrumentation, measurement, and control systems and an appreciation of the various types of systems in common use in industry. Students will use this software to create virtual instruments. Particular emphasis will be given to electrical, mechanical, flow, and thermal measurement systems. The course will also cover statistical analysis to evaluate the quality of measurements, standard methods of characterizing measurement results, and methods for characterizing measurement system response. The students work in teams to conceive-design-implement-operate a project incorporating multiple sensors and data acquisition and analysis.|
|EG 316||Electrical Circuits||This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory. Topics to be covered include nodal and mesh analysis of circuits, using Kirchhoff's laws, superposition, Thevenin and Norton equivalences. Analysis of circuits with capacitance and inductance, RC, RL, and RLC circuits. Representation of a circuit by its transfer function using Laplace transform. A simulation software package is employed throughout this course to simulate and analyze various electric circuits.|
|EG 333||Control Systems Analysis||This course provides students an opportunity to model, analyze, and design control systems. It includes mathematical modeling of linear systems for time and frequency domain analysis, transfer function and state variable representations for analyzing control system's performance and stability; and closed-loop control design techniques by frequency response, and root-locus methods. It also involves computer programming and simulation exercises. This course gives a basic understanding and analysis tools of various control systems used in the aeronautical, mechanical, and electric and electronics industries.|
|MAT 350||Applied Linear Algebra||This is a first course in linear algebra and matrices. Topics include systems of linear equations, linear independence, matrices of linear transformations, matrix algebra, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. After mastering the basic concepts and skills, students will use their knowledge of linear algebra to model a selection of applied mathematics problems in business, science, computer science and economics.|
|PHY 216||Physics II||This is the continuation of PHY-215 with similar characteristics; i.e., it is a calculus based physics course and stresses problem-solving. Topics covered include temperature, thermal equilibrium, thermal expansion, calorimetry, periodic waves, mathematical descriptions of a wave, speed of transverse waves, sound waves in gases, electric charges, atomic structure, Coulomb's Law, Kirchhoff's rules, magnetic fields and flux, motion of charged particles in a magnetic field, reflection and refraction, total internal refraction, Fermat's Principles of Least Time, geometrical optics, refraction of spherical surfaces, lenses, and an introductory topic of modern physics. The required lab component of this course covers introductory methods and techniques of laboratory experimentation in topics covered in this course. Students learn about procedures for measuring physical quantities and methods for collecting and analyzing experimental data. Students are required to complete 12 experiments in areas such as Thermophysics, Sound and Waves, Electricity, Magnetism, Optics, or Atomic and Nuclear Physics.|
|PHY 216L||Physics II Lab||This is the continuation of PHY-215 with similar characteristics; i.e., it is a calculus based physics course and stresses problem-solving. Topics covered include temperature, thermal equilibrium, thermal expansion, calorimetry, periodic waves, mathematical descriptions of a wave, speed of transverse waves, sound waves in gases, electric charges, atomic structure, Coulomb's Law, Kirchhoff's rules, magnetic fields and flux, motion of charged particles in a magnetic field, reflection and refraction, total internal refraction, Fermat's Principles of Least Time, geometrical optics, refraction of spherical surfaces, lenses, and an introductory topic of modern physics. The required lab component of this course covers introductory methods and techniques of laboratory experimentation in topics covered in this course. Students learn about procedures for measuring physical quantities and methods for collecting and analyzing experimental data. Students are required to complete 12 experiments in areas such as Thermophysics, Sound and Waves, Electricity, Magnetism, Optics, or Atomic and Nuclear Physics.|
|Total Credits: 125|
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
Student and graduate data can be found below:
Program Enrollments (Fall 2020)
Aeronautical Engineering (BS): 19
Graduates (Academic Year 2020-2021)
Aeronautical Engineering (BS): 2