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Electrical Engineering

Professors Brandeberry (emeritus), Chen, Hong, Kazimierczuk, Rattan, Shaw, Siferd (emeritus)
Associate Professors Doom, Emmert, Garber, Gallagher, Hannen (emeritus), Misra, Rigling, Wu, Xue (chair)
Assistant Professors Chu, Ren, Zhang, Zhuang

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.) degree and the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics (B.S.E.P.) degree. These two engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering is the problem-solving foundation of our technological society. That's because anything involving the movement of electrons falls within the province of electrical engineering. Electrical engineers create, design, build, and improve everyday necessities we now take for granted—from computers to cell phones; from DVD players to digital control systems in modern automobiles; from arrays of sensors and signal and image processors to space-based communications; and from advanced manufacturing robots to hybrid electric cars. Electrical engineers also design, test, and fabricate the integrated circuit chips that make virtually all these devices possible.

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers students a number of programs leading to a variety of degrees geared to a wide range of interests and career needs. Fully ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science degrees are offered in the core discipline of electrical engineering and in the more specialized area of engineering physics. Two graduate degrees are also available: a Master of Science in Engineering with a major in electrical engineering, and a unique interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering.

The program educational objectives for the Electrical Engineering program, in support of the missions of the University and College, are to produce engineers who
  • Objective 1: Can identify and solve engineering problems using current electrical engineering techniques and practices, drawing on strong foundation in mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Objective 2: Will have rewarding careers as engineering professionals designing, developing, and improving products or services.
  • Objective 3: Will be successful in career development and professional growth through graduate school, industrial training, workshops, professional conferences, or continuing education.
  • Objective 4: Can effectively collaborate and communicate with colleagues and clients; will engage in multidisciplinary teamwork and exercise leadership that address issues in an ethical and responsible manner.

Required courses in electronic circuits, control theory, communication theory, and electromagnetic theory give the student an overview of the electrical engineering discipline. At least one elective design sequence—in either control systems, electronic systems, communication systems, electromagnetic systems, or other as approved by an advisor—is required to provide strength and depth for each graduate. For example, two required courses in electronic circuits lead to a four-course elective sequence, culminating in a VLSI (very large scale integrated) circuit design project. Similarly, the required course in control theory leads to analog and digital controller design courses. In the capstone course, students design and test control circuits.

Degree Requirements - Electrical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Degree

See General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements*


Required Courses

Area I: MTH 229, 230


Area V: PHY 240/200, 242/202. 244/204


Area VI: College component: EGR 190**


*Courses taken to satisfy GE requirements may not be counted towards the major.
**For incoming freshmen only. Other students should consult a department advisor.

Engineering Requirements


ME 212, 213; CEG 221*, 411; EGR 101


EE 140, 260, 301/302, 303/304, 321, 323


EE 325, 331/332, 345, 413/414, 421, 431/432


Related Course Requirements


CEG 220


MTH 231, 232, 235


STT 363 or ISE 301, CHM 121, EGR 335


Technical Elective†


Engineering Electives††


Design Sequence I - Electronic Systems


EE 444 or 449, 451, 481, 482


Design Sequence II - Control Systems


EE 415/416, 417/420, 481, 482


Design Sequence III - Communication/Signal Processing


EE 435, 436, 481, 482


Design Sequence IV - Electromagnetics


EE 346, 446, 481, 482


Total 198

*ME 315 may be substituted for CEG 221.

†The Technical Elective course is to be selected from courses numbered 200 and above in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Science and Mathematics, or the Raj Soin College of Business, and approved by the advisor. Redundant courses, such as MTH 228, MS 201, MS 202, CS 205, CS 206 and co-listed courses, may not be used as the Technical Elective course.

††Engineering elective courses (26 credit hours required). Students must select one of the four design sequences listed above as part of their engineering electives. The remaining electives must be selected from courses numbered 300 or above in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and approved by the advisor. At least 20 of the 26 credit hours must be from electrical engineering courses. Students desiring to complement electrical engineering skills with an increased emphasis on computer science may choose a minor in computer science for engineers and scientists. Those choosing the computer science minor will substitute CS 240 and CS 241 for CEG 220 and CEG 221. This minor is focused on programming theory, C and C++ languages, data structures, and an application area chosen from operating systems, software engineering, or database management systems.

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