By Allison Phillips |   02/11/2021

As we begin 2021, the engineering industry is poised to adopt new business models, accelerate technological transformation and upskill its workforce. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 4% job growth by 2024 for electrical and electronics engineers.

New BE in Electrical Engineering Is Now Available

A focus on engineering can lead you to a potential career in multiple industries, such as aerospace, telecommunications, defense, automotive, medical, construction and chemical. To prepare you for the demands of a career in these industries, we now offer a new bachelor’s degree in engineering.

“Our program prepares students in fundamentals so they can keep up in the industry, work in teams, and understand safety,” states Dr. Ahmed Naumaan, Dean of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). He adds, “This is one of just a handful of engineering programs in the U.S. that’s fully online. Fundamentals in engineering such as circuit design remain constant for the most part. But some of them are slowly changing. New applications and technologies lead to new areas.”

The Engineering Industry Has Had Minimal Impact from the COVID-19 Pandemic

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage but is not having as great an impact on the field as in other areas. Chip makers, for instance, work in clean facilities and wear protective gear that automatically protect people from each other. There’s more concern about people in close quarters. It’s one of the safer areas,” says Dr. Naumaan. He notes, “Building design and ventilation methods from clean facilities might migrate to other buildings as a result of the pandemic fallout.”

Virtual Work and Events Are Taking Center Stage in the Field

Engineering’s global workforce now features a large number of virtual workers but they’re going to be more broadly distributed than they are today. Dr. Naumaan asserts, “As remote work becomes more common, dynamics will be different. It remains to be seen if that’s positive or negative. It will be a different modality. There’ll be more caution around laboratory work requiring people to go to a facility.” He adds, “While industry conferences and summits were disrupted in 2020, events are now being held online.”

What This New Engineering Degree Offers

Through the bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, you’ll have thorough training in electrical engineering theories, practices, competencies, tools, ethics and technologies. Hands-on lab experience and online sessions will guide you through:

  • Essential elements of analog circuit design
  • Electrical technology
  • Fundamentals of circuit analysis including Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff’s law
  • International System of Units
  • Digital and logic circuit analysis and design in six main parts
  • Energy conversion and transport
  • Electromagnetic field theory
  • Passive microwave circuit analysis and design
  • Radar and RF signal propagation, transmission, and reception

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems
  • 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
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

With the flexibility and affordable tuition the university offers, you can accelerate your skills. This online electrical engineering bachelor’s degree will help you navigate solutions to both technical and societal problems.


About the Author

Allison Philips is a Senior Copywriter and Edge Contributor. She has over a decade of experience covering education, financial services, technology, travel and healthcare industries. Her work has appeared in campaigns for clients such as AARP, Audi, Bloomberg BNA, Blue Shield, Burger King, Citibank, Marriott, Oracle, American Military University and American Public University.

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