Begin Date: Spring Semester 2002
End Date: Summer Session 2003
PROFESSOR W. KENNETH JENKINS, Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering
Electrical engineering is the application of electronics, electrical science and technology, and computer systems to the needs of society. Students in the BSEE program at Penn State, University Park, master electrical engineering theory through lecture-based courses. Additional problem-solving skills and practical experience are developed through design projects and laboratory assignments, which also provide opportunities for the development of team-building and teamwork skills. These design experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum from the first year through the fourth-year capstone design course. In addition, students improve their written and oral communication skills and expand their general knowledge through a variety of additional courses in communications, arts, humanities, and the social studies that complement the technical courses.
A combination of required and elective technical courses ensures that students acquire both a broad knowledge base as well as expertise in one or more areas of specialization. Areas of specialization include antennas, communications, computer engineering, control systems, digital signal processing, electronic and photonic device fabrication and circuit design, energy conversion, fiber optics and lasers, image processing, microwaves and radar, optical computing, power systems, remote sensing, and space sciences.
The program prepares graduates for both professional careers in electrical engineering and advanced study at the graduate level in electrical engineering or a related field. Career opportunities are quite diverse, and they include research, product design and development, manufacturing, technical management, and technical sales.
The curriculum consists of one year of background science and mathematics, followed by three years of engineering course work, including a wide variety of technical electives. The General Education requirements are distributed throughout the four years.
For the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, a minimum of 129 credits is required.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(21 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)
WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 105-106 credits
(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)
PRESCRIBED COURSES (65 credits)
CHEM 012 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), ED&G 100(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
E E 210(4), CSE 271(3), CSE 275(1), MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 230(4), MATH 250(3), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 3-4)
E E 310(4), E E 324(3), E E 330(4), E E 350(4), E SC 314(3), ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 5-6)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (16-17 credits)
Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or CMPSC 201F GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ECON 002 GS(3) or ECON 004 GS(3); E MCH 011(3), M E 023(3), or PHYS 237(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3-4 credits from I E 424(3), PHYS 410(4), STAT 401(3), STAT 414(3), STAT 416(3), or STAT 418(3) (Sem: 5-6)
E E 402W(3) or E E 403W(3) (Sem: 7-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24 credits)
Select 6 credits from program-approved list of 300-level courses (Sem: 5-6)
Select 9 credits from program-approved list of 400-level courses (these courses must be chosen so that engineering design and engineering science requirements for the major are met) (Sem: 7-8)
Select 3 credits of engineering courses from a program-approved list (Sem: 7-8)
Select 6 additional credits, which may include up to 6 credits of ROTC, up to 6 co-op credits, and others from a program-approved list (Sem: 7-8)
Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2002
Blue Sheet Item #: 30-03-100B
Review Date: 11/20/01