Student Resources- Electrical Engineering

Student Resources

For Prospective Students

  • What is different about LMU?
    • A focus on the education of the whole person
    • More opportunities to assume leadership positions in campus activities
    • Small class sizes
    • Readily available faculty
    • Non-cafeteria style dining facilities
    • One card (LMU ID/debit card) access to local restaurants and other services 
    What is unique about LMU electrical engineering?
    • Common engineering core
    • Small class sizes
    • Individual attention from responsive faculty
    • Greater access to facilities
    • Creative laboratory sequence
    What facilities are available in electrical engineering?
    • Electronics laboratory
    • Student computer laboratory
    • Sun workstation laboratory / classroom
    • IC fabrication laboratory
    What is the difference between electrical engineering and computer engineering?
    • Computer engineering leads to an electrical engineering degree providing a strong foundation in computer programming and hardware 
    How much time do engineering students study?
    • 2 hours outside of class for every hour in class 
    Are there research opportunities for undergraduate students?
    • Yes, opportunities are available for interested students.
    What type of financial support is available for undergraduate engineering students?
    • Teaching Assistantships
    • Research Assistantships
    • Internships
    • Work study (tutoring, office work)
    What about internships?
    • PRESS office
    • NSF, REU, NASA
    • Conveniently-located industry
    Is it possible to minor and still graduate in 4 years?
    • Yes, a math minor can be easily completed in 4 years.
    • Some other minors may be completed in 4 years with summer school
    Is it possible to be a member of an athletic team and graduate in 4 years?
    • Yes, many students athletes have successfully completed engineering.
    • Faculty and Administration are supportive
    • Student athletes receive priority registration
    Where do LMU engineers go after graduation?
    • Graduate school, full or part time
    • Industry
    What are some of the extra-curricular activities on campus?
    • Student branches of professional organizations (IEEE, SWE, NSBE, SHPE)
    • Clubs and Service organizations
    • Fraternities and Sororities
    • Team and intramural athletics
    • Plays, concerts and other cultural activities
    • Distinguished Speakers
    What about housing?
    • Freshman and transfer students are guaranteed on-campus housing
    • Remaining rooms are assigned by lottery
  • No LMU graduate is a narrow specialist. All have experienced the personal growth and enrichment that flows from Loyola Marymount's core curriculum — an appreciation of the arts, sciences, philosophy, theology, and history that have shaped our world and its various cultures. And each has gained perspective from a university context which never loses sight of the moral and ethical values involved in science and technology. This not only develops the broad knowledge base and cultural awareness of an educated person, it also contributes to communication skills and disciplined thinking which have direct value in any intellectual pursuit.

    The electrical engineering curriculum's first three semesters are the same as for all engineering majors: engineering problem solving, mathematics, chemistry, and physics provide the common background for an in depth study of the field. In the fourth semester, the study of semiconductors in the materials science course and the electric circuits course provide the basis for the upper division electrical engineering program.

    Junior and senior year courses concentrate on the fundamentals in the areas of analog and digital electronics, computers, communications, and systems analysis. Two and three course sequences in these areas provide depth. Four laboratory courses integrate the material from the lecture courses to provide many creative design opportunities for the students. The culmination of the program is the senior design project which simulates what industry expects of new graduates. In this design course, student teams work to define their approaches to the project, collaborate on the actual design, have regular meetings with faculty to present results, build, test, and demonstrate their final design.

    Advanced technologies such as digital signal processing, Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) design, microelectronic based designs, and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based design of digital systems are presented in courses. The department has modern laboratory facilities in the areas of electronics, microprocessors, communications, and VLSI design.

    Oral and written communication skills are developed throughout the department's programs, from freshman through senior year. LMU graduates are known for their ability not only to "get the job done" but also to document and communicate their results in a clear, informative manner.