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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State University Park

Electrical Engineering

University Park, College of Engineering (E E)

PROFESSOR KULTEGIN AYDIN, Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering (E E) is one of the broadest of all engineering majors and is much more than just building electrical circuits. Electrical engineering is the application of electronics, electrical science and technology, and computer systems to the needs of society. An electrical engineer is responsible for designing and integrating electronic/electrical systems in diverse industries such as defense, communications, transportation, manufacturing, health care, construction, and entertainment.

The mission of our undergraduate program is to provide a high-quality education in electrical engineering for our students and to instill in them the attitudes, values, and vision that will prepare them for lifetimes of success, continued learning, and leadership in their chosen careers. A combination of required and elective courses ensures that students acquire a broad knowledge base in electrical circuits, digital systems, electronic devices, electromagnetics, and linear systems, as well as expertise in one or more areas of specialization. Additional problem-solving skills and practical experience are developed through design projects and laboratory assignments, which also provide opportunities for developing team-building and technical communication skills.

Program Educational Objectives:

The BSEE Program provides undergraduates with a broad technical education important for employment in the private or public sector, and it teaches them the fundamentals, current issues, and creative problem solving skills essential for future years of learning.  At three to five years after graduation, we foresee our graduates able to accomplish the following:

1. Electrical engineering practice in technical assignments such as design, product development, research, manufacturing, consulting, testing, sales, and management;
2.  Participation and leadership on teams comprised of individuals with diverse professional and cultural backgrounds;
3.   Continued learning and professional development through such activities as graduate school, distance education, professional training, and membership in professional societies.

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes):

The BSEE Program Student Outcomes mirror those articulated by ABET: 
a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. 
b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. 
c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability. 
d. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams. 
e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
g. An ability to communicate effectively.
h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. 
i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
j. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

ENTRANCE TO MAJOR -- In addition to the minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements* described in the University Policies, all College of Engineering entrance to major course requirements must also be completed with a minimum grade of C: CHEM 110 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ), MATH 141 (GQ), MATH 250 or MATH 251, PHYS 211 (GN) and PHYS 212 (GN). All of these courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the admission to major process is carried out.

Admission to the Electrical Engineering major also requires that the applicant have a cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher by the end of the semester during which the admission to major process is carried out.

*In the event that the major is under enrollment control, a higher minimum cumulative grade-point average is likely to be needed and students must be enrolled in the College of Engineering or Division of Undergraduate Studies at the time of confirming their major choice.

For the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, a minimum of 130 credits is required. This baccalaureate program in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.,

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(27 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)


(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)


(This includes 27 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.)

CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), EDSGN 100(3), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
EE 200(3), EE 210(4)[1], EE 310(4)[1], MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 230(4), MATH 250(3)[1], PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 3-4)
EE 300(3), EE 330(4)[1], EE 340(4)[1], EE 350(4)[1] (Sem: 5-6) 
EE 403(3), ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (20-21 credits)
Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CMPSC 201 GQ(3) or CMPSC 121 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CMPEN 270(4)[1]; or CMPEN 271(3)[1] and CMPEN 275(1) (Sem: 3-4)
CAS 100A GWS(3) or CAS 100B GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ECON 102 GS(3) or ECON 104 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3-4 credits from IE 424(3), PHYS 410(3-4), STAT 401(3), STAT 414(3), or STAT 418(3) (Sem: 5-6)

Select 6 credits from program-approved list of 300-level courses (Sem: 5-6)
Select 3 credits from program-approved lists of 300-level or 400-level courses (Sem: 5-6)
Select 6 credits from program-approved list of 400-level courses (Sem: 7-8)
Select 3 credits of engineering /science 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)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-06-038

Review Date: 04/5/2016

R & T: Approved 5/24/2013 - Revised: 4/5/2016

UCA Revision #1: 8/16/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07



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