ECE Focus Area: Business (Electrical)

BMW Mini plant in Oxford, England. Business Plan. Business meeting.

Overview

Electrical engineering studies provide a great foundation for business decision-making because they couple objective analysis with the development of strong problem solving skills. The business elective focus area aims to prepare students to apply this foundation to business problems.

Depending on the courses selected electrical track students in the business focus area can earn a business minor without taking any courses beyond those required to complete their B.S.E. degree. In addition to their EE courswork the focus area provides background in engineering economics, financial management, business law, and marketing.

Electrical engineers with business backgrounds find employment in all engineering industries, as project leaders, mid-level managers, and even as CEOs. In fact, a recent SpencerStuart study found that 20% of all Fortune 500 CEOs hold engineering degrees of some kind.

Students interested in the business elective focus area should identify a second electrical track technical focus area of interest, and consider the course selection suggestions listed both there, and below, when completing their plan of study form.

EFA Requirements Suggested Options
Track Electrical Track: standard curriculum
Breadth Elective
(select one)
Select from among the Breadth Elective options listed for your preferred electrical track technical focus area
Depth Elective
(select one)
Select from among the Depth Elective options listed for your preferred electrical track technical focus area
100-Level ECE
Electives
(select two)
Select from among the 100-Level ECE Elective options listed for your preferred electrical track technical focus area
Technical Electives
(select three)
06A:001 (ACCT:2100) Introduction to Financial Accounting* (Required)
06A:002 (ACCT:2200) Managerial Accounting* (Required)
056:054 (IE:2500) Engineering Economy (Required)
Additional Electives
(select two)
06E:002 (ECON:1200) Principles of Macroeconomics (Required)
06J:048 (MGMT:2100) Introduction to Management (Required)

     * A business minor must be completed for accounting classes to be counted as Technical Electives.

Advising Notes

To earn a business minor without taking any additional courses beyond those required to complete their B.S.E. degree, students must additionally:

  1. Satisfy their upper- or lower-level Humanities/Social Science General Education Component requirement using 06E:001 (ECON:1100), Principles of Microeconomics (Required).
  2. Satisfy their lower-level Social Science General Education Component requirement using 06J:047 (MGMT:2000), Introduction to Law (Required).
  3. Satisfy their upper-level from the same department as one of your Lower Level Humanities/Social Science General Education Component requirement using 06M:100 (MKTG:3000), Introduction to Marketing Strategy (Required).

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