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    • School of Engineering

      • Kirkbride Hall
      • tel: 610-499-4037
      • fax: 610-499-4059
    • Dr. Sohail Sheikh

      • Chairman of Electrical Engineering
      • Kirkbride Hall, Room 369A
      • tel: 610-499-4567
    • Jill Gilbert

FAQs, Electrical Engineering

What is electrical engineering?
Electrical engineering is an exciting field that uses science and mathematics to solve practical problems. Electrical engineers design, build, and test products and systems. Areas of growth include telecommunications, computers and computer networks, control, microelectronics, photonics, power generation and distribution, robots and intelligent systems, solar power generators, high definition television, medical imaging, and microsensors.  

What is the best way to learn about the electrical engineering program at Widener?
Widener University hosts a number of options for visiting campus throughout the year. In addition, the School of Engineering offers a number of outreach activities for high school students.

Are most classes taught by professors or graduate students?
All classes are taught by professors.

What is the average electrical engineering class size?
Our student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1, meaning our students get individualized attention from their teachers in and out of the classroom. Some senior level classes are five to eight students.

How can I learn about the research opportunities in electrical engineering for undergraduates?
Please visit the department website to learn about some of the ongoing research opportunities.

How long does it take to complete an electrical engineering degree?
It can be completed in four years, including participation in the co-op program. 

Are electrical engineers paid well?
An electrical engineer’s average salary varies from $50,000 to $70,000 per year. 

Are there any foundation courses before starting the electrical engineering degree?
Good standing in high school mathematics and sciences are sufficient prerequisites for starting the electrical engineering degree.

Is it possible to pursue double major or get a minor?
Yes, students in the electrical engineering program can double major in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, or physics. You can also get minors in engineering, mathematics, science, business, social science, and humanities.

As an electrical engineering undergraduate, can I enroll in a graduate level courses?
A junior- or senior-level status and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 are the conditions to be allowed to take two graduate level courses.

Can I pursue advanced degree after finishing my bachelor’s degree?
Widener University offers a master of science in engineering. Many other universities also provide PhD programs.

What is the tuition cost?
Tuition cost can be found on the Tuition & Fees page.

How do I apply to the engineering program?
Apply online through the Admissions office.