Electrical Engineering


Electrical Engineering is the enabling technology driving many of today’s most crucial industries and a critical field in advancing the future.  It is a diverse discipline encompassing computer and information systems, digital media, telecommunications and wireless technologies, nanoelectronics, lasers, robotics, display technologies, circuit design, and more.

In particular, it is a vital part of every industry, from biomedical engineering and health applications to telecommunications, aerospace, and information technology

Curriculum and Emphases

The department offers an exciting diverse curriculum that prepares students with significant breadth and depth.  Core sets of classes prepare students for one of three areas of emphasis: Circuit, Signals, and Systems; Computer Engineering; and Energy and Electrical Sciences.

Electrical Engineering (Computer Engineering)

The computer engineering emphasis within electrical engineering contains courses that focus on digital hardware, embedded systems, and VLSI design.

Course Plan

Electrical Engineering (Circuit, Signals, and Systems)

Students who choose a to focus on circuits, signals, and systems cover areas in VLSI design, media and audio systems, wireless communications, adaptive control, and mixed signal integrated circuits

Course Plan

Electrical Engineering (Energy and Electrical Sciences)

Courses in the energy and electrical sciences area cover nanoelectronics, integrated circuit technology, energy sources and management, mixed signal integrated circuits, and communications hardware.

Course Plan

Build an autonomous underwater vehicle for competitions.

The USC Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team is a student run organization that designs and builds a robot to complete specific tasks underwater.  This multidisciplinary team utilizes electronics in many of its operations, and brings the theory from the classroom to real problems to be solved!

Research Highlights

Research in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering is revolutionizing nanoelectronics, information processing, telecommunications, medical diagnosis and treatment, energy and green initiatives, computer systems, and new media, among other areas.  Partnerships with off-campus research institutions like the Information Sciences Institute and the Institute for Creative Technologies create unparalleled opportunities for students to work at the cutting-edge of technology.

The department’s instructional laboratories have been integrated into “studio” learning environments that combine traditional lectures with hands-on activities so that students learn by doing, not just listening.  State-of-the-art instrumentation and computers support classes involving analog and digital electronics, microprocessor systems, and radio-frequency communications.

Career Options

When you graduate with a degree in electrical engineering, here are just a few of the future career paths that might lay before you.

  • Develop alternative energy and green power sources
  • Develop semiconductors and consumer electronics
  • Develop wireless communication systems
  • Design new media and imaging systems (HDTV, satellite radio, etc.)
  • Design robots and other embedded systems
  • Architect novel computer processors and networking systems
  • Build lasers used for medical, manufacturing, and military purposes
  • Develop airborne and satellite electronic systems
  • Develop new biomedical imaging devices

Companies Hiring Electrical Engineers

  • 3Com Corporation
  • Accenture
  • Apple
  • BAE Systems
  • Boeing
  • CapGemini
  • Disney
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • Garmin
  • General Electric
  • Google
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Intel Corporation
  • Microsoft
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Nvidia
  • Qualcomm
  • Raytheon
  • SpaceX
  • Teradata
  • Teradyne
  • TI
  • Verizon
  • And Many More!

Electrical Engineering Faculty Spotlight

Meet Dr. Nayak, a faculty member in the electrical engineering department.  Dr. Nayak’s research is cross disciplinary and he works with improving MRI imaging for doctors.  Dr. Nayak teaches a variety of undergraduate engineering classes, including freshman academy!

#ViterbiClass: Electrical Engineering

Meet a few current Electrical Engineering (EE) students and faculty, learn about what Electrical Engineers study, hear why students choose to study Electrical Engineering, and see the research and career opportunities available here at Viterbi!

Catherine Cami Amein

Electrical Engineering, '21

She studies Electrical Engineering with a minor in Dance. She is an Orientation Advisor and does research on campus in Graph Signal Processing (GSP).

Shayna Goldberger

Electrical Engineering, '18

She has interned at Brigham and Women's Hospital developing robots for image-guided surgery. She also interned for the Aerospace Corporation for two years and will be working there full-time after graduation.

Don’t just take our word for it

Find out what current students have to say by heading over to viterbivoices.usc.edu

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