Do you want to become an electrical engineer? Colorado has 15 electrical engineering schools that you can attend. Eight of these schools offer Associate's degree programs, while 12 schools have Bachelor's degree programs. There are eight schools with Master's degree programs and seven with PhD programs.
An undergraduate degree is the first step to becoming an electrical engineer. An Associate's degree takes about two years, and it can prepare you for more advanced engineering courses. A Bachelor's degree is required for licensure in Colorado. This degree takes four to five years, and you complete 120 credits in courses like Electronic Circuits, Digital Signal Processing, and Fundamentals of Power Systems.
You may want to earn a Master's degree or PhD if you want to research or teach engineering. A Master's degree is the shorter option, requiring only two years of full-time study. Some of the courses you may take as a graduate student include Feedback Control Design, Advanced Processor Architecture, and Advanced Integrated Circuits Technology. A PhD requires many of the same courses, but it also requires you to write and defend a thesis.
If you are a resident of Colorado, tuition can be very affordable. The average cost of tuition for residents is $5800 per semester. For non-residents, the average cost of tuition is $14,000.
Applying for scholarships may help you save money on your education. The Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers Family Scholarship is awarded to multiple engineering students every year. There are also unique scholarship opportunities for women studying engineering. The Society of Women Engineers Scholarship is open to Colorado women studying engineering.
After you graduate from your electrical engineering program, the next step is getting your license from the State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Professional Land Surveyors. After you fill out the application and take the required exams, you can get your license. Joining the National Society of Professional Engineers—Colorado can help you keep up with continuing education requirements.