The Electrical Engineering Department fosters a dynamic academic environment that is committed to a tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and service. The mission of the department is to produce highly qualified, well-rounded, and motivated graduates possessing fundamental knowledge of Electrical Engineering who can provide leadership and service to California, the nation, and the world. The faculty members in the department are engaged in creative research investigations and are pursuing new technologies across disciplines in order to serve the needs of industry, government, society, and the scientific community by expanding the body of knowledge in the field.

There are three primary research areas in the department: (1) Circuits and Embedded Systems, (2) Physical and Wave Electronics, and (3) Signals and Systems. These areas cover a broad spectrum of specialization, for example, in the communications and telecommunications, control systems, electromagnetics, embedded computing systems, engineering optimization, integrated circuits and systems, nanotechnology, micro-electromechanical systems, photonics and optoelectronics, plasma electronics, signal processing, and solid-state electronics.

The program grants one undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering) and two graduate degrees (Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering). The graduate program provides students with an opportunity to pursue advanced coursework, in-depth training, and research investigations in ta several fields.