Depth in electromagnetics provides the student with a strong foundation in the theory and application of electromagnetic waves. Students will learn how electromagnetic waves can be used in electronic circuits, optical communication systems, medical imaging systems and wireless communication systems. With the addition of a course on partial differential equations, this area will give students an excellent foundation for further graduate studies in the area of electromagnetics.
Students have the option to concentrate on courses in RF microwave hardware. With the ever-increasing need to transmit, transfer and process larger pieces of data, many electrical systems are forced to operate at higher frequencies. As this happens there is a need for engineers who understand the issues involved with the design of circuits and devices at these frequencies. Radio frequency (RF) and microwave hardware engineers have the ability to carry out these designs in the 300 MHz – 300 GHz range, which must take into account the electromagnetic characteristics of the circuit. These courses are designed to provide students with a strong foundation in this area, which includes the theory and application of electromagnetic waves with an emphasis on hardware. Graduates are ready to work in the communication and chip design and fabrication industries, like Intel, AMD, IBM, Motorola, and many others.
Students can also choose to concentrate on RF wireless systems. Courses are designed to provide students with a strong foundation in this area, which includes the application of electromagnetic waves with an emphasis on how systems behave. Popular applications include cell phone design, the creation and support of wireless communication systems, and high-frequency chip design. Companies like Intel, AMD, IBM, Motorola and FreeScale Semiconductors employ graduates with these specializations.