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2019-2020 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Electrical Engineering Major

Electrical engineering encompasses the development, design, and testing of a wide range of electrical and electronic technologies. Applications of these designs include consumer electronics, power generation and delivery, telecommunications, aviation and aerospace systems, and electric vehicles. Students who elect the electrical engineering program may prepare themselves for a variety of electrical engineering careers and fulfill the educational requirements for taking the Fundamentals of Engineering professional examination before graduation.

The junior and senior years of the electrical engineering program build upon the foundations courses to provide greater depth in engineering science, engineering design, and the program areas of electrical engineering. Students complete six required courses and four electrical engineering elective courses distributed in electrical and electronic circuits, digital and embedded systems, applied electromagnetics, power systems, solid state devices and nanotechnology, and signals and systems.

Integral to all four years of the program is a "design and build" educational philosophy incorporated through extensive laboratory and project activities as preparation for professional practice. Students engage in design at all levels of the curriculum. At each level, they must realize their designs and proceed with testing, validation, and redesign. This approach allows students to experience many real-world constraints such as project economics, project planning and scheduling, environmental considerations, manufacturability/producibility of the designs, laboratory and product safety, and product reliability.

Accreditation

The electrical engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the electrical engineering program are expected within a few years of graduation to

  • demonstrate technical competency in their careers;
  • function effectively in an industrial or academic environment;
  • engage in professional development; and
  • shape their professions and societies.

Student Outcomes and Assessment

The graduate will demonstrate an ability to

  • identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  • apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  • communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  • function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  • develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions; and
  • acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Degree Requirements

Electrical engineering students must complete all requirements for the B.S.E. degree including the general education and basic skills requirements, the foundations of engineering courses, cooperative education, the engineering design Capstone and the following electrical engineering courses:

Required Courses

Elective Courses (choose four courses selected from the following):

Sample Curriculum for Junior and Senior Years of the Electrical Engineering Major

First Co-op Semester: Spring/Summer

Fifth Academic Semester: Fall

Second Co-op Semester: Winter

Sixth Academic Semester: Spring/Summer

Third Co-op Semester: Fall

Seventh Academic Semester: Winter

The prerequisites for EGR 485 are acceptance into the B.S.E. degree program and completion of the prerequisite courses listed under the student's engineering major. For the electrical engineering major, these prerequisite courses are: EGR 315, EGR 323, EGR 326, EGR 330, EGR 343, and EGR 390.

Eighth Academic Semester: Spring/Summer

Engineering Program Description
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