Electrical Engineering - BS

The curriculum is designed to prepare the undergraduate for work in the highly diverse electrical engineering profession. A solid foundation in physics, chemistry and mathematics is used to support courses in the fundamentals of electrical engineering. The use of computers is integrated throughout the curriculum, and basic studies in circuits, electronics, electromagnetic fields and digital logic lead to a flexible program of electives in the junior and senior year. Electives may be chosen from the broad categories of controls/communications/signal processing, computer engineering, electronics, electro-physics/electro-optics/microwaves, power systems/power electronics, and biomedical imaging/sensing and systems. Laboratory work is structured to first familiarize the student with the basic concepts and then to apply these concepts to engineering problems.

The freshman year is identical for degrees in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronic systems engineering technology, industrial distribution, industrial engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering technology, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum engineering. The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering in that students take CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112. Biomedical Engineering also requires a two semester sequence of chemistry courses consisting of CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.  Students pursuing degrees in biological and agricultural engineering should refer to the specific curriculum for this major. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 13
ENGR 111Foundations of Engineering I 12
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 1,24
PHYS 218Mechanics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
CHEM 107General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,43
CHEM 117General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 11
ENGR 112Foundations of Engineering II 12
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 14
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 33

A grade of C or better is required.


Entering students will be given a math placement exam. Test results will be used in selecting the appropriate starting course which may be at a higher or lower level.


Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts (for Industrial Distribution this is 3 hours from language, philosophy and culture, see IDIS curriculum for more information), 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American history, and 6 from government/political science. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences (for Industrial Distribution this is language, philosophy and culture), and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.


BMEN and CHEN require 8 hours of freshman chemistry, which may be satisfied by CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112; Credit by Examination (CBE) for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 plus CHEM 102/CHEM 112; or 8 hours of CBE for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.

Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CSCE 121Introduction to Program Design and Concepts 14
ECEN 248Introduction to Digital Systems Design 14
MATH 251Engineering Mathematics III 13
University Core Curriculum 36
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
ECEN 214Electrical Circuit Theory 14
MATH 308Differential Equations 13
MATH 311Topics in Applied Mathematics I 13
University Core Curriculum 36
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
ECEN 314Signals and Systems 13
ECEN 322Electric and Magnetic Fields 13
ECEN 325Electronics 14
PHYS 222Modern Physics for Engineers 13
Select one of the following: 3
Technical and Business Writing  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
ECEN 303Random Signals and Systems 13
ECEN 350/CSCE 350Computer Architecture and Design 14
ECEN 370Electronic Properties of Materials 13
ECEN elective 53
Technical elective 53
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
ECEN 403Electrical Design Laboratory I 13
ECEN elective 512
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
ECEN 404Electrical Design Laboratory II 13
ENGR 482/PHIL 482Ethics and Engineering 63
ECEN elective 59
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 95

See advising office for list of approved electives


Fulfills the University Core Curriculum requirement for Language, Philosophy and Culture.

Total Program Hours 128