Electrical Engineering Major

Electrical engineering at Houghton is a hands-on, student-focused program, where you learn through experience. This starts in your first year Introduction to Engineering course, and continues each semester until you graduate.

As a student in Houghton’s electrical engineering program, you will:

  • work alongside professors who are invested in your academic and spiritual growth
  • use analysis, design, and experiments to solve problems posed by clients
  • complete a program that will prepare you for any project or challenge your career might bring

Why Major in Electrical Engineering?

  • Learn engineering by doing engineering in our project-based, hands-on program.
  • Gain real-world experience with outside companies and clients while you work on multiple projects during your four years.
  • Spend the summer doing cutting-edge engineering design workand get paid for it.
  • Develop your practical engineering knowledge and skills throughout all four years, not just in a one-semester capstone design course.
  • Work on research projects aimed at solving real-world problems, then publish and present at national conferences.
  • Join the 98% of Houghton graduates who are employed or attending graduate school within one year of graduation.
  • Develop close mentoring relationships with Christian faculty members who care about your academic, emotional and spiritual growth.

Major Requirements

Electrical Engineering Major (BS)

  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Engineering Design
  • Calculus I and II
  • Multivariate Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Programming I for Engineers
  • General Physics I and II
  • Digital Design
  • Circuits & Analog Electronics I and II
  • Digital Signal Processing I and II
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Electromagnetic Design
  • Engineering System Modeling
  • Engineering electives
  • Career seminar
  • Capstone – Engineering Design

Applied Learning

Experiential learning is a foundation of engineering at Houghton. Forty percent of the major is encompassed by a hands-on design sequence, providing a base of practical engineering experience that culminates in the senior capstone course, integrating engineering design, the physical and social sciences, mathematics, and more.

Electrical Engineering Faculty

Our engineering program allows professors and students to develop close working relationships with each other as we strive together toward the goal of academic excellence and spiritual growth. After the formal classes end, we spend our afternoons working together at the office chalkboards, discussing design problems and encouraging one another.


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