Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, and Computer Engineering B.Sc.

 

Key Info

Basic Information

Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
6 semesters
ECTS Credits:
180Mehr Informationen

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.

Language:
German

Admission Requirements

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB Mehr Informationen

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. Exam regulations.

Admission to First Semester

open
No NC for WiSe 2017

Admission to Higher Semesters

open
No NC

Enrollment Requirements

  • SelfAssessment --- Mehr Informationen ---

    SelfAssessment

    RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.

Dates and Deadlines

 

How can we optimally use volatile sources of energy like the sun, wind, and water? Can we care for premature babies without disruptive cables? How can graphene optimize the production of tiny machines like processors? How can large sets of data be compressed and transported without loss?

Electrical engineering develops devices and processes that make modern life safer and easier.

The field of electrical engineering directs its interest to a broad spectrum of topics include energy supply, information transmission, robotics, medical technology, and automatization technology.

In order to do this spectrum justice, RWTH has unified three disciplines into a single course of study: Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, and Computer Engineering.

The combination of these three disciplines opens up a variety of possibilities to students and offers them a high degree of disciplinary and interdisciplinary flexibility.

Students receive a technical foundation made of detailed and challenging basic training in mathematics, physics, computer science, and the basic fields of electrical engineering. They can call upon these later when faced with specific tasks.

After their intensive, fundamental studies, students select one of four specializations offered:

  • Energy Engineering focuses on safe, ecological energy supply, creating the technical prerequisites needed for the energy transition.
  • Computer Engineering focuses on intelligent grids, processors, robots, and automata. It forms the bridge between programming and technical implementation.
  • Information and Communication Technology optimizes signal processing and transmission, mobile information systems, and their funcational interconnection.
  • Micro- and Nanotechnology take into account the need for smaller and smaller building components and coatings. The field is currently conducting research on two-dimensional storage elements.
 

Degree Content

During the first four semesters students acquire fundamental skills. The challenging mathematics courses provide them with the understanding needed for technical principles, structuring concepts, and complex processes. Four institute internships offer a look at current research methods and fields of application. An industry internship is not required but can be completed a student's own initiative.

Curriculum
Semester 1 Mathematics I, Basics of Electrical Engineering I, Basics of Computer Science I, Physics I, Mathematic Methods of Electrical Engineering, Project
Semester 2 Mathematics II, Basics of Electrical Engineering II, Basics of Computer Science II, Physics II, two internships
Semester 3 Mathematics III, Basics of Electrical Engineering III, Basics of Computer Science III, Basics of Electronic Materials and Components I, two internships
Semester 4 Mathematics IV, Basics of Electrical Engineering IV, Numerical Mathematics, Systems Theory I

Concentrations Energy Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Micro- and Nanotechnology
Basics of Electronic Materials and Components II, Circuit Technology, Project or internship

Concentration Computer Engineering

Robots, languages, complexity, basic fields of computer science, project or internship

Semester 5 Systems Theory II, Moduls from chosen concentrations
Elective modules for example marketing, law, economy
Semester 6

Moduls from chosen concentrations, elective modules for example marketing, law, economy Seminar or tutorial mentorships, Bachelor thesis

Programs Abroad

Electrical engineering is facing challenges of global importance. International experience is becoming increasingly important for budding engineers and often plays a decisive role for one's career. Studies and internships abroad provide students not only with technical knowledge but also cultural skills and communication skills.

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology offers partnership programs with outstanding European and non-European universities. Aside from the EU mobility program ERASMUS+ it also offers academic stays in Japan, Taiwan, and South America, for example. Additionally, the T.I.M.E. double Master's program offers excellent possiblities to prepare for an international career.

RWTH students profit not only from the Faculty's exchange programs but also from the University's strategic partnerships with international universities. They can, for example, complete short stays at one of the IDEA League universities while completing a term paper. The UROP Abroad program, the only one of its kind in Germay, offers the possibility to participate in research projects at international universities during Bachelor studies. These stays abroad are partially funded by RWTH-specific funding.

All of RWTH's collaborative programs are listed on the webpages about studying abroad. Find out more about subject-specific possibilities on the faculty's webpage for offers abroad.

 

The course of study offers various programs after basic studies. Starting in the fourth semester the following concentrations are available to chose from:

Energy Engineering

Power plants, power grids, regenerative energy  – energy engineering develops new possibilities for energy generation, storage, and low-loss conduction. It works closely together with neighboring disciplines such as mechanical engineering, raw materials engineering, and physics in science and the industry. The following are studied as advanced modules starting in the fifth semester: Systems Theory II, Electromagnetic Fields I and II, Introduction to Electricity Supply, Components and Facilities of Electricity Supply Systems, Components and Facilities of Electricity Supply, Power Electronics - Fundamentals Topologies and Analysis, elective modules 1 and 2, energy engineering internship.

Micro- and Nanotechnology

High performance with smaller and smaller and more cost-beneficial electronic components enable mobile phones and computers to become multifunctional devices – this is the research field of micro- and nanotechnology. It is the electrical engineering of the future and promotes development that is higher performing, handier, and more compact. The following are studing in advanced modules starting in the fifth semester: Systems Theory II, Electromagnetic Fields I and II, Circuit Technology II, Fundamentals of Integrated Circuits & Systems, Communication Technology or Technical Information Technology I, elective modules 1 and 2, microelectronics internship

Information and Communication Technology

Data transfer, storage, and conversion are the research field of information and communication technology. Key words such as radio, telecommunications, multimedia, and GPS provide an initial impression of technical applications. The following is studied in advanced modules starting in the fifth semester: Systems Theory II, Electromagnetic Fields I and II, Communication Technology, Circuit Technology 2, Communication Networks, Information Technology I, elective modules 1 and 2, communication technology internship.

Computer Engineering

Computer engineering builds the bridge between classical computer science and electrical engineering and information technology. It not only develops programming processes for the respective software solutions, but it also is involved in the construction of the corresponding hardware. The following is studied in advanced modules starting in the fifth semester: Systems Theory II, Theoretical Information Technology I and II, Communication Networks, Operation Systems, Communication Technology, elective modules 1 and 2, computer engineering internship

 

Prerequisites

Personal Prerequisites

Electrical engineering has the highest percentage of mathematics courses of all the engineering disciplines. Individuals interested in mathematics, who enjoy applying calculations more than pure mathematics proofs, will feel at home in this course of study. It focuses on developing solutions for technical problems with the help of mathematical methods – passion for logical thinking and physics is another prerequisite for successful studies. Preference for mathematics and physics in school are the first indication that individuals will also enjoy studies. Interest in independent meticulous work and certain tenacity for developing solutions are a must. Since many solutions are developed on a computer, you should have basic interest in computer science as well. Programming skills are not expected at the beginning of studies but are a good aid. RWTH Aachen offers bridge program before classes start to intensify and complete your knowledge.

Enrollment Prerequisite

RWTH "Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, and Computer Engineering" Self Assessment – must be verified at the time of enrollment, not when applying

 

Decision Aids

Many courses of study specific to application areas of electrical engineering are offered throughout Germany and abroad. These offers are good alternatives for those who already know in which field they later want to work or conduct research. The broad layout of the Aachen course of study consciously creates a different educational path: comprehensive fundamental studies with a high percentage of mathematics, computer science, and technical subjects, and unique specialization possiblities building on that. This concept speaks to perspective students, who want to keep their options open for concentration possibilities and want more flexbility later in their careers. If you would like to test yourself, you are welcome to attend lectures as a school student. You can also gather initial impressions from the Schüleruni, during the University Visitation Week or in Taster Studies for Girls.

 

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Career Prospects

Electrical engineers possess advanced skills and are highly sought after in both the national and international job market.

This is particularly true for RWTH graduates, who possess no only oustanding fundamental training but refined skills in research and development. They work in research and development departments in automation engineering; telecommunications; mobile communications; the energy sector; image, sound, and speech processing; microsystem engineering, nanotechnology, and medical technology. They may develop new electronic systems or sustainable products that save energy. They work in cleanrooms on the smallest two-dimensional storage materials and optimize the effectiveness of large energy-saving facilities.

Due to their broad foundation of knowledge, methodological skills, and problem-solving skills electrical engineers are also valued as generalists. They can implement their skills in project management, communication, and consulting.

 

Master's Degree Prospects

In the Master's course of study in Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, and Computer Engineering students can choose from among eight specializations: energy engineering, information and communication technology, computer engineering, system engineering and automation, biomedical engineering, and the Englisch-language specializations communications engineering, electrical power engineering and micro- and nanoelectronics.

Students with strong performance can participate in the T.I.M.E. double Master's program, which is offered in collaboration with renowned partner universities in France, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Spain, and Japan.

Students, who enjoy teaching, can switch to the Faculty's teacher training Master's courses of study with extra requirements.

Students can also continue their studies – possible with adjustments during Bachelor's studies and extra requirements – in RWTH's interdisciplinary Master's courses of study, such as Automation Engineering, Sustainable Energy Supply, or Biomedical Engineering.

 

Examination Regulations

Regulations that apply for all Bachelor and Master courses of study as well as detailed information about the necessary documentation of required language skills can be found in RWTH’s Comprehensive Examination Regulation. Examination regulations are only published in German as they are legally binding.

Subject Specific Exam Regulations regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.

 

Faculty

The Bachelor course of study in Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, and Computer Engineering is offered by the Faculty for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. The Faculty owns its reputation to the close link between research and teaching, a balanced mix of fundamentals and applications important to industry, and intensive research collaborations.