Preparing for an Electrical Engineering Career

Electronic Engineering is the field that combines Math, Physics and the love of designing, testing and verifying that electronic circuits, components and computer work properly. There are many different areas of electronics that a person can work in.

The following is a sample of courses taken in your freshman year

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering First Year


  • CHE 201/General Chemistry I                                                             1 course unit
  • ENG 142/Fundamentals of Engineering Design
  • or
  • CSC 215/Computer Science I                                                              1 course unit
  • ENG 095/Introduction to Engineering                                                 0 course unit
  • ENG 091/Engineering Seminar I                                                         0 course unit
  • FSP      First Seminar (Social Sciences)*                                                             1 course unit
  • MAT 127/Calculus A                                                                          1 course unit
  • PHY 201/General Physics I                                                                 1 course unit



  • CSC 215/Computer Science I or
  • ENG 142/Fundamentals of Engineering Design                                    1 course unit
  • ENG 092/Engineering Seminar II                                                        0 course unit
  • MAT 128/Calculus B                                                                          1 course unit
  • PHY 202/General Physics II                                                                1 course unit
  • WRI 102/Academic Writing (if not exempted)                                     (1 course unit)
  • TST      161/Creative Design                                                                                    1 course unit

As you can see from the courses above it  is paramount that you should have the following exposure in high school:

  • Algebra
  • Plane Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Advanced Algebra and Trigometry
  • Pre-Calculus and Functions
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

It will also help to have experience with

  • Word processing Software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Excel

You should also spend time with your guidance counselor to make sure you understand any requirements a specific college or Engineering major may have.  Remember the Internet is a source of information and help, one such source of help with your academic background is Kahn Academy