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What is the difference between electrical and electronic engineering? Which will be better for the future?

I am a 11th grade high school student who is interested in neuroscience as well as engineering. Since the body's nervous system uses a variety of electrical impulses to function, I thought what better way to combine the two principle than getting an engineering degree. Now, I am not sure whether electrical or electronic engineering will better meet my needs and the needs for the future. #engineering #engineer #electrical-engineering #electronic_engineering #neuroscience


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David’s Answer

Hey Jishnav, based on your interests my advice would be to work toward electrical engineering. Once you start studying electrical engineering there are a lot of opportunities to focus and specialize your studies. Electrical engineering gives you a great base understanding of the physics behind electricity and electrical systems. Having this base understanding allows you then to apply electrical principles to whatever application you may want to pursue!

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Start looking at what colleges offer the discipline of electrical engineering is most interesting to you

Thank you so much for the insight! Jishnav K.

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CK’s Answer

Let’s look at the definition below first:
Electrical Engineering is the field of Engineering that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.
Electronic Engineering is an engineering discipline where non-linear and active electrical and electronics components and devices such as electron tubes, and semiconductor devices, especially transistors, diodes and integrated circuits, etc. are utilized to design electronic circuits, devices and systems.
Difference between the two in layman terms:
Electrical Engineering = Study and Utilization/Application of Flow of Electrons.
Electronics Engineering = Study and utilization/Application of Flow of Charge (Electron & Holes).
For instance, an electric circuit / network may only power an electric machine whereas electronic circuit play a role as decision making component and device as they follow the input instruction and do a specific and task defined by the designed circuit.

However, neither of the engineering discipline is bad. It’s for you decide what’s best for you. Electronics and tele communication Engineering is growing at a faster rate and have a major role to play in the current scenario of the industrial world and but if you want a core and evergreen job background and want to deal with heavy machineries, then opt for electrical engineering.

Hope this helps!

Thank you so much for this insight, definitely helps! Jishnav K.

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Ganga Manjusha’s Answer

Electrical Engineering deals more with Voltage, current, power required to function a product or a factory.Example: Generators, motors, turbines, fans.. Electronics Engineering is more about circuit design of chips, boards, or internal circuit of a semiconductor device or a product. Example: computer designs, board design inside a radio, TV etc

Now, for your interest, combining electrical impulses with electronics engineering can be a good idea. Well, thats how the biomedical devices are invented. For example,ECG, EEG converts your body electrical impulses to a more visible format for Doctors to understand the patient's condition well. If this topic interests you then you would enjoy Electronics engineering.

But if you want to be close to factories and working with some big machineries then Electrical Engineering is the path.

Either way, do what interests you most and where you have fun learning about!

Hope this helps! Good luck

Appreciate your help so much, it is great getting this insight :) Jishnav K.

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CK’s Answer

Let’s look at the definition below first:
Electrical Engineering is the field of Engineering that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.
Electronic Engineering is an engineering discipline where non-linear and active electrical and electronics components and devices such as electron tubes, and semiconductor devices, especially transistors, diodes and integrated circuits, etc. are utilized to design electronic circuits, devices and systems.
Difference between the two in layman terms:
Electrical Engineering = Study and Utilization/Application of Flow of Electrons.
Electronics Engineering = Study and utilization/Application of Flow of Charge (Electron & Holes).
For instance, an electric circuit / network may only power an electric machine whereas electronic circuit play a role as decision making component and device as they follow the input instruction and do a specific and task defined by the designed circuit.

However, neither of the engineering discipline is bad. It’s for you decide what’s best for you. Electronics and tele communication Engineering is growing at a faster rate and have a major role to play in the current scenario of the industrial world and but if you want a core and evergreen job background and want to deal with heavy machineries, then opt for electrical engineering.

Hope this helps!

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Andy’s Answer

Electrical! Not many colleges offer both, but most offer just electrical. While they are different in definition, an electrical engineer has the same education and job function as an electronics engineer. This of electrical engineering as a tree and electronics engineering as a branch off of it. If you do electrical in most colleges, you can have the option to focus your classes and specialty in electronics, but you'll still be getting an electrical engineering degree. Plus the general electrical engineering degree opens up more doors than just electronics.

Hope that helps!

That is an interesting way to look at things... Thank you :) Jishnav K.

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Mahriah’s Answer

The body does in fact use electrical impulses to function, but those to two fields are completely different.
Electrical engineering is an engineering discipline concerned with the study, design and application of equipment, devices and systems which use electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.
Neuroscience (or neurobiology) is the scientific study of the nervous system.[1] It combines physiology, anatomy, molecular biology, developmental biology, cytology, mathematical modeling, and psychology to understand the fundamental and emergent properties of neurons and neural circuits.[2][3][4][5][6] You might consider studying one of those other fields that pertain to neuroscience.

Thank you so much for the insight! Jishnav K.

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Estelle’s Answer

Its great that you are thinking of engineering and if you are interested in electricity, electronics, magnetism, physics and chemistry, you are going down the right path. Remember the first 2 years of you degree will be in basic science, the third year you will take deeper dives into electronics, digital and analog design, some programming, and power distribution like transformers, motors and the such. Your 4th year will be where you take electives specializing in one or several areas of electrical engineering. I would think you would work for a few years as an engineer, then go after your masters in the area you want work the majority of your career.

Hi Estelle! Great start to answer Jishnav's question here, great job! I wanted to encourage you to continue to build on this advice, especially because the initial question of "difference between electrical and electronic engineering" wasn't addressed in your response. Any idea what's the difference if there is one? Jordan Rivera COACH

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