School and Ranking Information
There is only one for-profit institution located directly in Omaha that provides studies in electronics technology; other school options for this area of study can be found about 50 miles and more from the city. Based on rankings, school type and number of degrees awarded in the field of study, the following university is considered a top school in the Omaha area for electronics technology studies:
- Winner: The University of Nebraska - Lincoln is the only public and the largest postsecondary institution of any kind within 50 miles of Omaha that has electronics technology programs. In addition to a bachelor's degree program in electronics engineering, the school offers a bachelor's and a master's degree program in electrical engineering and a doctorate in engineering.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Nebraska - Lincoln|
|Ranking||#99 (tie) Best National Universities (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $8,060 in-state, $21,388 out-of-state|
|Electronics Technology Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, master's and doctoral|
|Electronics Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||71**|
|Most Popular Electronics Technology Degree Level in 2012-2013||Bachelor's (57 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||67%**|
|Noteworthy||Graduate electronic/electrical engineering programs ranked #89 among national universities (2014)*; electrical and electronics engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator
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University of Nebraska - Lincoln
- Internship and co-op opportunities available to engineering students
- Engineering conferences and workshops offered to graduate students
- Research labs include those in electromagnetics, signal processing and electrooptics
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln is found about 50 miles from Omaha. It enrolls more than 24,000 students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs through 13 schools and colleges, including the College of Engineering. This college offers its programs at the main campus in Lincoln as well as the Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha. It has undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, electrical engineering and electronics engineering.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Electronics Engineering program focuses on electronic and telecommunications engineering, and its students gain skills in telecommunications design, development and application. Students take humanities and social science courses, as well as courses in electrical circuit theory, microprocessors and circuit design. They also study electronics systems, system integration and high speed data communications. The electronics engineering major is housed at the University of Nebraska's Omaha campus.
Students in the B.S. in Electrical Engineering program take courses focusing heavily on math and science, especially physics. Freshmen and sophomores take some introductory electricity and engineering courses, including a first-semester seminar both years. Upper-division courses include electrical engineering labs, probability theory, circuits and electronics, embedded systems and electromagnetic theory.
Students of the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program can choose one of three options to attain this degree. Option one requires a research thesis and is for students who are considering a doctorate degree. Option two requires 36 credit hours of study and does not require a thesis; it is meant for those who do not wish to continue their graduate work with a doctorate. The third option is for students who intend on continuing with their studies as Ph.D. students at UNL. A thesis is not required, but students must complete 36 credit hours. Graduate students take courses in random processes, semiconductors and instrumentation.
Electrical engineering is one of various fields that collaborate in the Ph.D. in Engineering program. Students complete 90 credit hours of graduate course work, including courses in solar cells, electron theory, quantum electronics and optimal control. A doctoral candidate must pass a comprehensive written exam administered by the supervisory committee and complete a written Ph.D. dissertation, including an oral presentation and defense.