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The Department of Electrical Engineering offers degrees at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.

At the bachelor's level, the department offers the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering degree. For BSEE, students may choose from three possible degree tracks. The first track is the BSEE degree without an emphasis area, and is the most flexible, allowing students to choose a broader range of technical elective courses to complete their degree. The remaining two degree tracks allow students to focus their study in one of two areas. The three degree tracks are:

For information regarding BSBME degree program, please see https://engineering.olemiss.edu/biomedical/

At the master's and doctoral levels, the School of Engineering offers the Master of Science in Engineering Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Science degrees. Students specialize in an area by choosing a degree program emphasis.

At the doctoral level, two emphasis areas are available in the Electrical Engineering Department:

Mission Statement

The mission of the electrical engineering department is to provide quality education to the students of the department.

Statement of Goals

These goals are consistent with the University of Mississippi Vision, Mission, and Core Values Statement and the flagship 2020 goals of UM/2020 Strategic Plan which focuses resources in the areas of instruction, research, and service.

What is Electrical Engineering?

Electrical engineering is an exciting and challenging profession that uses electricity and electronics to provide solutions to real-world problems.

It is a profession based on using the fundamentals of engineering, physics, and mathematics. If you like mathematics and science and enjoy the challenge of solving problems, electrical engineering is likely to appeal to you.

Electrical engineering provides a broad spectrum of career opportunities to choose from. Examples include circuit design, embedded systems, VLSI design, wearable computing, control systems, communications, networking, electromagnetics, antennas, robotics, signal and image processing, and electric power generation and transmission. Electrical engineering can also provide a unique background for further study in the business, medical, or legal professions.

Electrical engineers lead the way in technological innovation. Think about the rapid advancement in electronics and the things you use every day: your cell phone, your computer, portable music devices, microwave ovens, remote controls, and HDTV. Then there are many more things you may not think of at first: the radar gun that caught you speeding the other day, the early warning radar system that protects our country, missile guidance systems, artificial limbs, medical instrumentation, and robotic systems for performing medical operations, exploring Mars or the ocean floor, or locating people in a collapsed building.


According to the IEEE, the professional society for electrical and electronics engineers, there are about 10 key industry sectors in which electrical and electronics engineers are employed. These are the telecommunications, energy and electric power,computer, semiconductor, aerospace, bioengineering, manufacturing, education and research, transportation and automotive, and service industries.

The electrical engineering field may also be divided into several broad areas such as:

Educational Quality
Outstanding Faculty

The electrical engineering faculty members at Ole Miss are leaders in research who are internationally known in their expertise areas and have received awards for their research and professional activities, but teaching is also a high priority. Department faculty have won regional and national teaching awards for their work in the classroom. Our faculty want to see their students become outstanding electrical engineers.

Outstanding Students

Bright, ambitious students make for a stimulating learning environment, and the Electrical Engineering Department at Ole Miss is home to many outstanding students. Students in the department regularly receive top academic awards and scholarships during their undergraduate studies at UM, and frequently continue their education at some of the top graduate schools around the country.

Excellent Computer Access

State-of-the-art personal computers,mainframe computers, and a super computer are readily available to students. Wireless access is widely available on campus.

Great Engineering Laboratories

The program has quality teaching laboratories in electric circuits, electronics, digital systems, microprocessors, HF and microwaves, telecommunications, and design.

Small Class Size

Engineering students at Ole Miss benefit from a student-to-faculty ratio that is lower than many of the engineering programs at larger schools. This low student-to-faculty ratio of about 12-1 allows for much closer interaction between students and faculty. Most upper level classes in EE range from 8-30 students in size. The low student-to-faculty ratio also makes it possible for students to receive individual attention from faculty to maximize their opportunity for success.

Our Educational Philosophy

The electrical engineering undergraduate program is founded on basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering science fundamentals. The program emphasizes theoretical foundation as well as the application of scientific knowledge to the solution of engineering problems. This focus is intended to lead students to develop analysis and design skills, and original thought processes that will serve them throughout their careers in a rapidly changing world.

The electrical engineering program is a broad-based program with an emphasis on the fundamentals of electrical engineering. The curriculum consists of background courses in science and mathematics; courses in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts that foster an appreciation of the interrelationship of basic sciences, technological advances, and society; and major multi- course sequences in engineering. Multi-course sequence areas are:

  1. Core topics common to many areas of engineering
  2. Circuits, electronics, and systems
  3. Digital Logic, computer architecture
  4. Technical elective courses
  5. Engineering design

The BSEE degree program can be pursued with an emphasis in biomedical engineering or computer engineering or no emphasis (general emphasis). In the first two cases, a specific set of required courses will determine that emphasis area. For general emphasis, a broad choice of technical elective courses is available to choose from.


The School of Engineering is housed in several buildings on the University campus. Carrier Hall, located on the main circle of University buildings, contains the Dean's Office and the departments of Civil Engineering, Geology and Geological Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Also located within Carrier Hall is the Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering. Anderson Hall,connected to Carrier Hall by a hallway, contains the departments of Chemical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Electrical Engineering also has research facilities in the Charles E. Smith Engineering Science Building located next to Carrier/Anderson Halls. To the west of Carrier Hall is the Old Chemistry Building, which houses the Mississippi Mineral Resource Institute and laboratories for Geological Engineering. Weir Hall houses the department of Computer Science.

Location maps and building photographs of Carrier Hall on the University Circle,Anderson Hall overlooking the football stadium, and Weir Hall by the University Williams Library show the central locations of the engineering buildings on campus. A virtual tour of the entire campus can also be taken to see a 360 degree view of several central campus sites.

Brief History of the Electrical Engineering Department

Subjects in engineering were first offered as early as 1854 at The University of Mississippi, but a complete schedule leading to an engineering degree was not established until much later. In 1900, the School of Engineering was organized and courses of study were offered covering four years of college work leading to a professional degree in engineering. Courses in electrical engineering were initiated this time and an electrical engineering program was established in 1907, but was discontinued in 1933. The electrical engineering program was reinstated in 1957 with Professor Robert A. Herring, Jr. as its chair. For a number of years the electrical engineering program was small and in 1965 the program had three full-time faculty members. Around this time and under the leadership of a new dean, a decision was made to further develop the electrical engineering program.

Prof. Chalmers M. Butler became the second chair of the department in 1965 and a strong engineering science-oriented undergraduate program was developed along with a focused graduate program. The undergraduate program was developed as an engineering-science oriented program with a broad base of mathematics, physics, engineering, and electrical engineering coursework. The electrical engineering program was accredited by the Engineers' Council for Professional Development (later ABET) in 1969. The Electrical Engineering Department grew to eight full time faculty members by 1970 and had developed a national and international reputation for quality research in electromagnetic theory. Prof. Charles E. Smith became the department's third chair in 1974 and served in that position until 2002. The Center for Wireless Communications joined with the Department of Electrical Engineering in 2000, bringing the number of full-time teaching faculty in the department to eleven. Allen W. Glisson served as the chair of the department until his retirement in 2012. Under new initiatives, the Department added a faculty specializing in biomedical engineering and a faculty specializing in computer engineering.