Aug 11, 2022  
2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering, BSEE

About the Program

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer engineering encompasses all areas of research, development, design, and operation of electrical and electronic systems and their components, including software. Emphasis in such varied areas as bioengineering, circuit theory, communication sciences, computers and automata, control systems, electromagnetic fields, energy sources and systems, and materials and electronic devices is available. Two degree programs are offered by the School: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCmpE).

Engineers in both programs must have a strong background in mathematics and physics, a broad base in the humanities, and a command of the English language to provide the breadth essential for optimum professional growth. The curriculum offered by the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering meets these objectives.

Graduates from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering are sought by all major industries. Electrical engineers hold many unusual and challenging positions in the aerospace, chemical, nuclear, automotive, medical, metallurgical, textile, railway, petroleum, and other basically non-electrical industries, as well as in computers, electronics, communications, power, and other electrical industries. Their activities span industrial activity, research, development, design, production, marketing, operation, field test, and maintenance of many types of equipment for government, industry, farm, and home.

Two degree programs are offered by the school:

Electrical Engineering encompasses the development, design, research, and operation of electrical and electronic systems and components. Disciplines include VLSI and circuit design, communication and signal processing, computer engineering, automatic control, fields and optics, energy sources and systems, and microelectronics and nanotechnology.

Computer Engineering is a specialization within electrical and computer engineering offering an in-depth education in both hardware and software aspects of modern computer systems.

Students develop a strong foundation in math, science, and core electrical/computer engineering fundamentals, plus problem-solving and design skills that prepare them for research and development positions in industry, management, sales, teaching, medical school, and law school.

At Birck Nanotechnology Center engineers and scientists conduct research in emerging fields where new materials and tiny structures are built atom by atom, or molecule by molecule.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Electrical Engineering (2015-16)  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

124 Credits
Students must earn an overall graduation GPA of at least 2.000

Major Courses (47 credits)


(An overall 2.000 cumulative GPA or better in these courses is required)

Other Department/Program Course Requirements (67 credits)

Science Requirement (15 cr.)

ECE General Education Requirement (24 cr.)

Foundational Core


  • (satisfies Information Literacy and Written Communication Selectives for core)
  • (satisfies Oral Communication for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • (satisfies Human Cultures: Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • (satisfies Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • (satisfies Science, Technology & Society Selective for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00

Electives (10 credits)

University Core Requirements

(included above) (

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology & Society Selective
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Program Requirements

16 Credits

17 Credits

15 Credits

17 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

14 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Adv. EE Selective w/lab - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • ECE Elective w/lab - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • ECE GenEd Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00 **
  • Complimentary Ele. - Credit Hours: 3.00 **

14 Credits


*Satisfies a University Core Requirement

**Satisfies a Non-departmental Major Course Requirement

124 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish