Electrical Engineering at NIU
Bachelor of Science

Generate an in-demand career in an innovative field.

From inspiring wonder as it arcs across the sky to powering modern technology, electricity has a major impact on our world. By studying electrical engineering, you'll learn to manage the systems and devices that create and consume this powerful force. You'll have opportunities to experiment with robotics, microelectronics and more in our specialized labs.

All my instructors in the department of engineering were fundamental to my academic journey. My favorite courses were the ones that allowed me to apply what I was learning in class to everyday life.

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What Can I Do With an Electrical Engineering Degree From NIU?

Our graduates establish and advance successful careers in a variety of industries. Employers will be seeking the skills you've gained, and you'll have many opportunities to connect with them, including our engineering job fairs.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Cross-functional teams
  • Electronics
  • Engineering management
  • New product development
  • Project management
  • Team management

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Business
  • Construction
  • Information technology
  • Maintenance
  • Management
  • Media

Career Potential for NIU Electrical Engineering Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Boeing
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Collins Aerospace
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Navistar, Inc.
  • Northrop Grumman

Job titles include:

  • Controls engineer
  • Electrical design engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Electrical engineering director
  • Engineering manager
  • Project manager

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as an Electrical Engineering Major at NIU

Our hands-on program will give you a solid background in math, science and engineering. You’ll build your communication skills as you learn to design and build machinery, electronic systems and other technologies that create and use electricity.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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2.0 or higher?

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3.0 or higher?

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