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From cell phones to GPS and beyond, electrical engineers have contributed to the development of a wide range of indispensable modern technologies. If you like using hands-on science to change the world, consider UWF's electrical engineering program, and join an exciting field.

Why Study Electrical Engineering at UWF?

Our goal is to ensure you will be successful in your chosen electrical engineering career.

Our graduates pass Professional Engineer tests at rates higher than the national average. And our graduates attend elite graduate schools, including Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon and Georgia Tech.

The Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. ABET accreditation is assurance that a program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students.

We offer numerous scholarships, a range of internship and co-op experiences with local companies and plenty of undergraduate research opportunities.

Our student teams compete in regional and national student robotics competitions and regularly beat teams from much larger and better known engineering programs.

Our program is offered at both the Pensacola campus and UWF Emerald Coast in Fort Walton Beach.

What You Will Learn

Our program prepares you to specialize in such areas as electronics, robotics, electronic-based communications, signal and image processing, controls and power systems.

Engaged professors teach in well-equipped facilities and supplement classes with hands-on experience.

Our curriculum concentrates on a solid core of foundation courses. Our electives allow you to delve deeply into selected subject matter. You can start taking engineering courses before you have completed the math and science prerequisites, provided those engineering classes do not list prerequisites.

In the last two semesters, you will work on a senior design project (capstone) as the culmination of your engineering education. After developing objectives and analysis, you will create design concepts, researching implementation methods and performing a feasibility study. At the end of the final semester, you will present your project.

Careers & Employers

Electrical engineers find career opportunities in a wide area of settings such as aerospace, consumer electronics manufacturers, telecommunications, energy distribution and public-sector positions with federal, state and local governments. Below are common job titles for electrical engineering graduates, as well as examples of where our alumni work.

Job Titles


  • Electrical Systems Engineer
  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Senior Electrical Project Manager
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Instrumentation Engineer
  • Principal Systems Engineer
  • Television Systems Engineer
  • Circuit Design Engineer

Employers


  • Gulf Power
  • GE
  • Avalex
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Ascend
  • Eglin Air Force Base

ABET Accreditation

The Electrical Engineering program at UWF is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, https://www.abet.org. ABET is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology and is among the most respected accreditation organizations in the United States.

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

The objectives of the Electrical Engineering program at the University of West Florida is to ensure that:

  • Graduates of the program will be successful in the professional practice of engineering or related fields and will advance in their chosen careers.
  • Graduates of the program will be successful in pursuing advanced degrees in engineering or related fields. 

Revised and Approved in Fall 2018

The faculty have adopted the engineering criteria student outcomes, namely:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to 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.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to 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.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Electrical Engineering Enrollment and Degree Awarded Data
Academic YearEnrollment (Fall Semester)Degrees Awarded
2020-2021 226 TBD
2019-2020 224 48
2018-2019 242 52
2017-2018 279 67
2016-2017 315 65
2015-2016 367 47
2014-2015 364 64

The teachers were incredible. [They] genuinely care about the success of each student and it could not be more apparent that they are doing what they love. I am very grateful for the amount of time and, perhaps more importantly, quality of time that they have put into this department.

Daniel Grieco '18

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Electrical Engineering program.

Additional Information

Dual Degree

You will have the opportunity to receive a dual degree with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. In order to receive both degrees, all requirements for each degree must be met. If taken at the same time, elective courses may be carefully selected to maximize the overlap between the two programs, resulting in as few as an additional 13 credits required above one degree in order to complete the requirements for both. Your advisor can discuss whether this is the right plan for you.

Competition Teams

Students work in teams to design and build robots or vehicles that are capable of handling specific tasks such as autonomous navigation through certain terrain, advanced interaction with everyday objects, sensing and monitoring of emergency situations, and more.

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