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Electrical Engineering Degree

Program Offerings

South Dakota Mines offers:
• Bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering
• Master of science degree in Electrical Engineering
• Accelerated master’s in Electrical Engineering (earn your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in as little as five years)
• Minors: Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering & Technology, Systems Engineering, and Avionics

*The BS in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

What is Electrical Engineering?

Electrical engineers make modern society possible – designing and developing the electronic hardware and software that make up products like computers, cell phones, airplane autopilots, and more.

As an electrical engineer graduate from South Dakota Mines, you’ll have the opportunity to work in a wide range of industries, from aerospace to mining.

What does a electrical engineer do?

Electrical engineers apply the physics and mathematics of electricity, electromagnetism, and electronics to develop, build, and maintain electrical systems, machines, and equipment.

As a South Dakota Mines electrical engineering major, you will learn to design and maintain electrical systems in everything from automobiles and aircraft to smart watches and cell phones. You will train in our professional labs, learning through hands-on activities and real-life projects such as developing prototype sensors to be used in NASA space suits. You will have the opportunity to work with our flight simulator and utilize our anechoic chambers in research and projects.

First-Year Courses

Computer engineering
Computer Science

Course Curriculum

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Internships and Co-ops

At South Dakota Mines, 77% of students land paid internships, co-ops, and research opportunities with companies like:

• Raytheon
• GE
• Cargill
• Raven Industries
• Los Alamos
• Garmin
• Burns & McDonnell
• B9 Creations

Mines electrical engineering majors also put their skills into practice by participating in campus clubs and organizations where teams build drones, Formula racing vehicles, and mini Baja cars. These teams give Mines electrical engineering students real-world engineering experience that strengthens both their engineering and their leadership skills.

Career Outlook

With an electrical engineering degree from South Dakota Mines, you can expect to earn an average starting salary of $72,786. Job placement rate for 2019-20 South Dakota Mines electrical engineering graduates was 96%.


An electrical engineering degree from South Dakota Mines means you can work in a variety of fields, including:

• robotics
• mobile and computers
• electronics
• communication systems
• electromagnetism
• antennas
• alternative energy, smart grids
• manufacturing and industrial automation
• power generation, transmission, and distribution
• and many others


South Dakota Mines electrical engineering grads have gone on to work for powerhouse companies and agencies like:

• Collins Aerospace
• Black Hills Energy
• Blattner Energy
• Garmin
• Kimberly-Clark
• Vishay
• Burns & McDonnell
• Daktronics
• Honeywell
• Interstates
• Boeing
• EchoStar

Electrical Engineering Research

As an electrical engineering student at South Dakota Mines, you won’t have to wait until grad school to do research. Our undergrads get the opportunity to do research in a variety of areas, including:
• Applied Electromagnetics
• Controlled and autonomous robotics systems
• Power systems and power electronics
• Communications and networking

Our students can also participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates site working on drones, antennas for land mine detection, biomedical imagery analysis, renewable energy, and wireless communications.




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