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Electrical Engineering

At the Department of Computer Science and Physics, we offer students a chance to experience the challenges and rewards of solving problems and overcoming challenges, using mathematics and technology as tools.

The MC Experience

The Department of Computer Science and Physics is a dynamic environment, energized by the relationship between one of science’s oldest disciplines and one of its newest. Physics describes the foundation and building blocks of the physical world; computer science is one of the most exciting fields to arise out of that set of rules. Students of both must balance theory and practice as they master the art of problem-solving. Coming from a variety of backgrounds, the physics faculty represent a rich, diverse selection of skills and expertise.Electrical engineers are trained to develop strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These skills are applied to situations that require the distribution of electrical signals from one point to another.

How You’ll Learn

Benefit from the expertise and research experience of our faculty members, who hold advanced degrees in physics, electrical engineering, and engineering mechanics. They’re accomplished scientists as well as dedicated teachers, with research experiences in thermal signatures of terrain and man-made structures, the dielectric properties of soils, the electric charge in lighting, Raman, and infrared spectroscopy, and more. With small classes and a student-teacher ratio of 10-1, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to talk one-on-one and learn about what they know.

First-class facilities give physics majors more tools for learning. Physics students enjoy newly updated classrooms and labs, with built-in multimedia presentation capability to enhance lectures. The physical science library offers additional academic resources to supplement the science holdings of the main library. An open-access computer lab and wireless internet access make connecting easy.

Why study electrical engineering?

The ability of engineers to harness the power of electricity has significantly improved our quality of life and technological capabilities and will undoubtedly continue to be a crucial component of our development for the future. As a result, electrical engineering is consistently rated as one of the most in-demand and well-compensated career fields worldwide.

On an annual basis in the United States, electrical and electronics engineers often represent the largest number of engineering graduate as well as the largest number of engineers in the workforce.

Also in the United States, engineers recently accounted for the majority of the ten highest paying degrees in terms of starting salaries, and electrical engineers were included on that list with average starting salaries of over $60,000.

Where You’ll Go

While the Electrical Engineering program is only just beginning, MC’s physics alumni have been making significant contributions in the fields of physics and engineering. For example, Clifford Charlesworth, a flight director at NASA, who was involved in several Apollo missions — including the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 moon landings. Or Dr. Joseph Hamilton, who recently served as a principal investigator on the research project that discovered Element 117.

Choose Your Focus

B.S. in Electrical Engineering

Graduates of the Electrical Engineering Program at Mississippi College will attain a reputation for integrity and expertise in the technical workforce by demonstrating problem-solving skills, professionalism, and ethical conduct through their endeavors in engineering practice or other related pursuits, demonstrating the ability to communicate effectively and make meaningful contributions as members of engineering or other problem-solving teams, and demonstrating an awareness, appreciation, and ability to engage in life-long learning and service to society.

The curriculum will include courses in:

  • Electric Circuit Theory
  • Logic Design
  • Electronics
  • Microprocessors
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Signals and Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Energy and Power
  • Senior Design

Research opportunities add to the learning experience. At Mississippi College, even undergrads get to participate in real-life field research — making them the envy of their peers at larger institutions. In summer 2011, a research team composed of students and faculty members took part in a 6-week field study of cloud-to-ground and intra-cloud lightning in the area surrounding Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

In your coursework, you will be educated and trained in these types of signals:

  • wireless communication signals that send conversations from one cell phone to another
  • high voltage signals that transfer energy from power plants to homes and businesses
  • analog signals that send the output of an electric guitar to an amplifier
  • digital logic signals that send data to memory storage elements in computers
  • Essentially, any task that involves using electricity to deliver power, transfer information, or control the operation of a device or system can require the expertise of an electrical engineer.

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