Program Requirements

Mission

The electrical engineering program strives to contribute to the state, nation and world through the education of outstanding professionals and leaders in engineering. We focus on providing broad-based, rigorous education in all areas of electrical and computer engineering with meaningful hands-on experiences. The program develops an understanding of engineering problem solving at all levels and an appreciation for engineering as a profession.

Program objectives

  • Technical competency

    Graduates will have a sound knowledge of the fundamentals in electrical engineering, which allows them to analyze and solve technical problems, to apply hardware and software tools, to create and evaluate technical products, to learn independently and to succeed in the workplace and graduate school.
  • Engineering perspective

    Graduates will be capable of understanding complex projects, including their evolution and abstraction, and the optimization of associated decisions and risk, both locally and globally.
  • Professional skills and knowledge

    Graduates will have the ability to communicate well in both oral and written form, interact in teams, manage and lead technical projects, manage their careers and conduct themselves with an understanding of ethics, economics and intellectual property.

Program outcomes

Consistent with the program’s educational objectives listed above, program graduates will have the ability to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  • Design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, such as those in economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability aspects
  • Function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • Acknowledge and understand the importance of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and social context
  • Recognize the need for and be able to engage in life-long learning
  • Retain knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • Maintain an awareness of engineering and professional issues related to complex projects

Program credit requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, a minimum of 130 credit hours is required. These requirements are in addition to credit received for algebra, trigonometry and basic ROTC courses. At least two grade points per credit hour must be obtained in all courses taken in electrical engineering.

General education requirements

Each student’s program of study must contain a minimum of 21 credit hours of course work in general education and be chosen according to the following rules:

  • All students are required to take one American history course, one economics course, one humanities course and English 110. The history course is to be selected from History 121, History 122 or Political Science 101. The economics course must be Economics 155. The humanities course must be selected from the approved list for art, English, foreign languages, music, philosophy, speech and media studies or theater.
  • Depth requirement: 3 credit hours must be taken in humanities or social sciences at the 200 level or above and be selected from the approved list. Students may receive humanities credit for foreign language courses in their native tongue only if the course is at the 300 level or higher. All courses taken to satisfy the depth requirement must be taken after graduating from high school.
  • The remaining two (3 credit hour) courses are to be chosen from the list of approved humanities/social sciences courses and may include one communication course in addition to English 110.
  • Any specific departmental requirements in the general studies area must be satisfied.
  • Special topics, special problems and honors seminars are allowed only by petition to and approval by, the student’s department chairman.