Undergraduate Program - General Information

ABET-EngAccreditationCommission-logoThe Department of Electrical Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering both accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering is jointly offered with the Department of Information and Computer Sciences.

HolmesHall_picture Both curricula have been designed to achieve the Department's Mission and Educational Objectives and Outcomes. The core courses cover the fundamentals of engineering while upper level technical elective courses allow students to pursue their specific technical interests. In the Electrical Engineering program, the electives are divided into two major areas or Tracks: Electro-Physics Track (solid-state devices and sensors, analog circuit design, microwaves and photonics) and Systems Track (telecommunications, control systems, and signal processing).

A strong emphasis of the program is to provide a hands-on education with state-of-the-art equipment and software tools.  A majority of the required courses have a laboratory component including all of the freshman and sophomore level courses.  There are three required project courses, one each at the sophomore (EE 296), junior (EE 396), and senior (EE 496) levels. 


The faculty is committed to providing a first-class education. Four have received University and Manoa campus teaching awards:  two have received the Regent's Medal for Meritorious Teaching, a third has received the Chancellor's Citation for Meritorious Teaching, and a fourth has received the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. 

ArtisticPainting-Faculty-at-graduationThey are leaders in their technical fields which ensure that the program is at the cutting edge.  Three have achieved the Fellow membership from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).  The IEEE is the international professional organization of EEs, and the Fellow level is the highest award given to members who have made an outstanding contribution to the field.  Quality new faculty members have been recruited.  Three have received the National Science Foundation's (NSF) CAREER award, which is the most prestigious national award for new faculty members.

Faculty members have PhDs from top institutions such as CalTech, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  They come from all over the world (China, Denmark, India, Serbia, and Turkey) to add to the cultural diversity.


Former graduates have become professional engineers, employed both locally and nationally. Locally, they are well represented at companies, such as Hawaiian Telecom, Hawaiian Electric, Lockheed-Martin, Referentia, Spirent, Ron Ho and Associates, and federal and state agencies. On the mainland, they have become successful managers and engineers in companies such as Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Northrup Grumman, and Raytheon, as well as smaller start-up companies.  A number of graduates have continued their education to obtain MS and PhD degrees at the University of Hawai`i and at schools such as MIT, UC-Berkeley, USC, UCLA, and Stanford.


There many scholarship opportunities for current students including a large number from the College.  There are scholarships for prospective students from the University's Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED) program.  For prospective students from the mainland, there is the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Program that offers qualified students the opportunity to attend the University of Hawaii at about half the non-resident tuition rate.  

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