Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

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Electrical engineers helped invent the computer, satellite communications, cellular phones, microchips and solar panels. They are in high demand globally. At the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, you will receive a well-rounded education that prepares you for a career in utilities, communication and computing, government, education or consulting. You can focus on such fields as aerospace, bioengineering, computers, renewable energy and power, telecommunications and transportation.

The Nebraska Difference



Student-to-Faculty Ratio


Kiewit Hall

$115 million student-centric engineering hub


Be a Complete Engineer®

Unleash your potential and cultivate core competencies


Innovate. Excel. Engineer.

80% of students receive a job offer before graduation.

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Program Features

Flexible Curriculum With Diverse Specializations  

The electrical engineering program offers a comprehensive curriculum that covers a wide range of topics. You can choose technical electives from advanced courses within electrical engineering or other engineering majors. This allows you to tailor your education to align with your interests and career goals, fostering a deeper understanding of specialized areas within the field. 

Opportunities for Research and Hands-On Experience 

With 40+ faculty members involved in various research areas, the department offers extensive research facilities. Students are encouraged to participate in research activities to gain valuable hands-on experience and contribute to cutting-edge advancements in the field.  

Comprehensive Curriculum in Lincoln and Omaha

The electrical engineering major is available in Lincoln and Omaha. You may complete degree requirements on either campus, with nearly identical curriculum. This enables you to utilize resources and opportunities from both locations and easily transfer without academic disruptions. 

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Notable Courses

Electronics & Circuits I (ECEN 215)

Electrical engineering circuit theory, including Kirchhoff's laws, circuit analysis theorems, DC resistive circuits, transient RLC circuits, sinusoidal steady-state circuits and modern computer-based methods.

Introduction to Embedded Systems (ECEN 220)

Embedded microprocessor systems. Hardware and software concepts, interfacing with components, circuit design, driver development in assembly or C languages and hands-on hardware construction.

Electromagnetic Field Theory (ECEN 306)

Complex vectors, Maxwell's equations, uniform plane waves, wave reflection, transmission at interfaces, waveguides, resonators, transmission line principles, and antennas, encompassing various topics in wave phenomena.

Digital Logic Design (ECEN 370)

Combinational and sequential logic circuits. Utilize MSI chips, programmable logic devices (PAL, ROM, PLA), CAD tools, LSI and PLD components for hardware design.

Data and Telecommunications Transceivers (ECEN 362)

Explore the fundamentals of communication systems, covering topics like signal distortions, impedance matching, high frequency measurement, amplifier design, PLLs, data synchronization, multiplexing, and antenna arrays.

Power Systems Analysis (ECEN 406)

Comprehensive study of electrical power systems, including symmetrical components, fault calculations, power system stability, generator modeling, voltage control systems, high voltage DC transmission and protection.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Electrical engineering intern, Burns and McDonnell, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Software design engineer intern, LI-COR Biosciences, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Electrical project engineer intern, Nebraska Public Power District, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • NASA summer intern, NASA, Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
  • Electronics modules engineer, Textron Aviation - Wichita, Kansas
  • Research & development intern, J.A. Woollam Company, Lincoln, Nebraska


  • Protection and controls engineer, Lincoln Electric System, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • System engineer, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama
  • Avionics engineer, Textron Aviation, Wichita, Kansas
  • Instrumentation engineer, ExxonMobil, Beaumont, Texas
  • Embedded systems engineer, Lockheed Martin, Denver, Colorado
  • Orbital vehicle program manager, United States Air Force, White Sands, New Mexico

Graduate Schools

  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
  • Master's in Robotics Engineering, Northwestern
  • Master's in Electrical Engineering, Rice University
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering Systems, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Colorado

Outside the Classroom

At Nebraska, you’ll have many opportunities to discover your academic community and stretch your strengths.


Academics & Experiential Learning

  • Tackle big challenges in your classes and work with faculty on research dedicated to solving global problems and saving lives.
  • Engineering is a global profession. Increase your knowledge and marketability by participating in a study abroad opportunity.

Career Preparedness

  • You’ll gain career-level experiences right from the start of your academic adventure to prepare to enter the career or graduate school of your choice.
  • Participate in paid internships for valuable on-the-job experiences and to develop lifelong career contacts.


  • With more than 50 clubs and organizations in the College of Engineering, you’ll connect with other students and faculty through fun and hands-on experiences.
  • Participate in local hardware and software engineering competitions through the Robotics organization.

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Electrical Engineering major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Jeff Beavers
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