Medical imaging, designing new computer chips, developing advanced robotic control systems, and creating new generations of wireless communication devices.

Electrical engineering is at the core of many technologies that we take for granted, including wireless communication, electrical power, consumer electronics, digital computing, computer software, computer networks, automatic controls, medical imaging, remote sensing, and the miniature devices that make all of these technologies possible.

Electrical engineers are involved in virtually all areas of manufacturing and development. They do work such as medical imaging, designing new computer chips, developing advanced robotic control systems, and creating new generations of wireless communication devices.

Why Iowa?

The Department of Electrical Engineering is committed to providing high-quality educational and research experiences for students. The department fosters interdisciplinary activities across campus and maintains strong ties with the Carver College of Medicine, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Department of Computer Science. 

The BSE in electrical engineering is one of eight Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the College of Engineering, which offers excellent opportunities for students to participate in research, internships, study abroad, and student organizations.

Students choose to study engineering at Iowa because of the college's academic excellence, individual attention, small-college environment, camaraderie, and tremendous opportunities. U.S. News & World Report ranks Iowa’s undergraduate program in the top third of engineering programs nationwide.

Iowa admits incoming first-year students directly into engineering. Approximately 500 new students join the College of Engineering each year. Women account for over 28 percent of Iowa’s engineering students; the national average is 25 percent.

Engineering student support services include free tutoring for your first two years of math, science, and engineering courses. 

BSE/MS Fast-Track Degree Program

The BSE/MS fast-track degree program is for eligible students who seek to complete both the BSE and MS degrees in electrical engineering at Iowa. Students apply in the second semester of their junior year and, if admitted, enter the program in the first semester of their senior year. This program allows for 12 semester hours to be counted toward both their BSE and MS degrees. 


Electrical Engineering
Applied Physics
Big Data/Data Mining/Machine Learning
Computer Breadth
Computer Hardware
Computer Networks
Electrical Breadth
Electronic Circuits
Integrated Circuits
Photonic Systems
Power Systems
Semiconductor Devices
Signal and Image Processing
  Honors Courses
  Four-Year Graduation Plan
  Selective Admission
Admission Process

Careers and Outcomes

Iowa graduates have a 95 percent job/grad school placement rate within six months of graduation. Our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs. 

Engineering is a well-respected profession that is used as a foundation for a variety of careers in industry, medicine, law, government, and consulting.

Engineering majors hold eight of the top ten spots on the list of top-paid majors for bachelor's degree graduates, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Electrical engineers find employment everywhere smart technology is used and they consistently rank among the most sought after and highest-paid technology professionals.

Engineering Career Services develops and promotes experiential education and professional opportunities for students. Professional staff coordinate the college's co-op and internship program, engage in employer outreach, and host an engineering career fair each semester.   

Student Opportunities

In addition to more than 500 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from more than 100 Study Abroad Programs and multiple Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

Engineering student organizations, fraternities and sororities, and national honorary societies offer many opportunities to develop your leadership skills and abilities.


The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college. 

Apply early for scholarships. The College of Engineering offers Engineering First-Year Scholarships as well as many other scholarship opportunities for sophomore, junior, and senior students. To learn more, visit College of Engineering Scholarships

The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.


Iowa's electrical engineering program provides graduates with scientific and technical knowledge and equips them with problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills that will serve them throughout their careers. The program emphasizes a broad education in electrical engineering fundamentals and the opportunity for in-depth learning through elective focus areas. 

Focus areas in electrical engineering are highly individualized and may include acquiring technical depth in one or more electrical engineering areas, completion of a minor in a relevant area, earning a technical entrepreneurship certificate, or pursuit of an interdisciplinary experience. You'll work with your adviser to develop a focus area tailored to your own interests and career objectives. 

Review Electrical Engineering in the UI General Catalog for more details.