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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Electrical Engineering

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (EE BD)

This major provides students with a strong foundation in electrical engineering through a combination of classroom study, projects, and laboratory experience. Analysis and design of electrical and computer systems are stressed. Built upon a core of science and mathematics courses, this major has the objective of educating graduates to be problem solvers. Students acquire the ability to work as members of a team toward successful attainment of a common goal, preparing them for work in industry, or further study in graduate school. In addition, written and oral communication skills are developed from an early stage, culminating in a senior design project that stresses communication as well as engineering content.

In addition to completing a broad-based science and mathematics core, students pursue their interest in electrical engineering by studying the principles of electrical circuits and microelectronics, digital and computer systems, control and communications systems, and electromagnetic fields and waves. Students obtain a broad-based electrical engineering education that is specialized through the selection of technical electives courses. The student will be required to analyze and solve a significant electrical engineering design problem during the senior year.

Entrance Requirement: In addition to the Carnegie unit and minimum GPA requirements described by University policies, all students applying for entrance to any of the engineering majors at The Behrend College must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA by the end of the semester prior to applying for entrance to the major and have completed, with a minimum grade of C: CHEM 110 GN(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), and PHYS 211 GN(4). These courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the admission to major process is carried out.

For the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, a minimum of 130 credits is required. Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

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 this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 106 credits
(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (91 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), EDSGN 100S(3), CMPSC 201 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CMPEN 271(3)[1], CMPEN 275(1)[1], MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], MATH 220 GQ(2-3)[1], MATH 230(4)[1], MATH 250(3)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 1-4)
E E 210(4)[1], E MCH 211(3), ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
E E 310(4)[1], E E 312(3)[1], E E 313W(4)[1], E E 316(3)[1], E E 331(3)[1], E E 352(4)[1], E E 380(3)[1], E E 383(1)[1], STAT 301(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
E E 360(3)[1], E E 387(3)[1], E E 400(3)[1], E E 401(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
ECON 102 GS(3) or ECON 104 GS(3) (Sem: 1-6)
CMPSC 122(3) or E MCH 012(3) or M E 201(3) or M E 300(3) or PHYS 237(3) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits of technical courses from school-approved list.
(These credits must be selected to fulfill the engineering science and design requirements of the major.) (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: Summer Session 2001

Blue Sheet Item #: 29-01-017

Review Date: 7/11/02

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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